After watching each of the Big 12 games for Week 10 of the league season (March 4-9), here is the Heartland College Sports Men’s Basketball Starting 5.
DESMOND BANE, G, TCU
With TCU up against the wall on Saturday when it came to making the NCAA Tournament, Bane came up huge on the road with a 34-point outing against Texas. He played every minute in that game. Earlier in the week against Kansas State he only scored 7 points, but none of the Horned Frogs played particularly well in that one.
JARRETT CULVER, G, TEXAS TECH
The Red Raiders clinched a share of the Big 12 crown on Saturday, the first in program history. Culver had 31 points in that one and hit some big baskets throughout. Culver had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the win over Texas earlier in the week. The Red Raiders enter the Big 12 Tournament on a huge role.
DEDRIC LAWSON, F, KANSAS
The Jayhawks went 1-1 for the week and lost their shot at a share of the Big 12 crown, but Lawson had another huge week, with double-doubles in the loss to Oklahoma and in the win against Baylor. Lawson has had double-doubles in each of his last four games.
KAMAU STOKES, G, KANSAS STATE
A nod to one of the three seniors who played their final game at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday evening. But Stokes had a fine week helping the Wildcats go 2-0 and win a share of the Big 12 regular-season crown. Against Oklahoma he tossed in 19 points and 6 assists, while against TCU he had 15 points and 5 rebounds.
DEREK CULVER, F, WEST VIRGINIA
File this away — Culver is going to explode next season if he remains on the track he’s on at the moment. He had double-doubles in both games this week, and the one against Oklahoma State showed his prowess as a rebounder, as he grabbed 21 boards, along with 16 points, even if the Mountaineers lost the finale. Culver had at least 20 rebounds in two of his final three league games.
THE SIXTH MAN
LINDELL WIGGINTON, G, IOWA STATE
The sophomore had a fine week, despite the Cyclones losing both games. Wigginton had 17 points and 6 rebounds against West Virginia and 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists against Texas Tech. The Cyclones are experiencing a serious downturn right now. But it’s not on Wigginton.
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