The Big 12/SEC Challenge came to an end after Baylor beat up the Florida Gators in The Swamp, ending the Challenge in a 5-5 tie. There were several great games, close finishes, an overtime and a couple blow outs as well.
The day started off with the Iowa State Cyclones going to Auburn and losing 80-76. Rasir Boltonled the team with 23 points on the afternoon, while Terrence Lewisadded 12 points off the bench.
Meantime in Morgantown, WVU blew out Missori 74-51 and in the process Bob Huggins moved into a tie with Adolph Rupp for seventh on the all-time wins list for college basketball.
In Austin, the Longhorns dug out of a 16-point hole, but could not get it done, losing against the LSU Tigers 69-67. Texas did flash a full-court press that resulted in some turnovers and hearkened back to the Shaka Smart days at VCU, but it wasn’t enough.
Elsewhere, it wasn’t a pretty shooting day in Oklahoma, but the Sooners got enough done, led by Brady Manek’s 18 points to hold on for a 63-62 win over Mississippi State. Mississippi State had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Robert Woodard II missed a jumper from near the free-throw line to close things out.
And how about this for ironic? Oklahoma State got revenge for its football team’s loss to Texas A&M in the bowl season and beat the Aggies on the road 73-62 for their first win of 2020. Now let’s see if the Pokes can get back on track in conference play after starting off 0-6.
Unfortunately, TCU continues to hit the skids after losing at Arkansas 78-67. The Horned Frogs lost its third-straight road game. The Frogs were led by Kevin Samuel, who recorded his tenth double-double of the year with 24 points and 18 rebounds.
Also on the road and struggling, the Kansas State Wildcats, who fell to Alabama 77-74. But the good news: no brawls. K-State led by a point at halftime and trailed by as many as 16 in the second half when Bama opened the half with a 23-6 run.
As for the other team to avoid a brawl today, the Kansas Jayhawks took care of business on a day they hosted College GameDay and beat the Tennessee Vols 74-68. KU’s 13-point lead slipped to just three in the second half, but KU held on for the win behind Udoka Azubuike’s 18 points and 11 rebounds.
In Lubbock, our own Matthew Postins went to West Texas and got the best Big 12/SEC game of the day, but the Red Raiders lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in overtime. However as a consolation, John Calipari had some nice compliments for the Texas Tech fan base.
To end the night, Baylor did not suffer the fate of so many No. 1 teams this season and was able to roll Florida 72-61, overcoming an early 17-9 deficit against a fired up Florida crowd. Baylor was missing Tristan Clark due to a knee injury. MaCio Teague and DeVonte Bandoo each had 16 points to lead the way.
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