After reviewing each of the Big 12 games for Week 5 of the league season (ending Feb. 1), here is the Heartland College Sports Men’s Basketball Starting 5.
F DEREK CULVER, WEST VIRGINIA
Culver was the Mountaineers’ most consistent player for the week. Against Texas Tech he was West Virginia’s leading scorer with 16 points. He had one of his best nights from the free throw line for his career (14-of-16). Then, against Kansas State on Saturday, Culver put together a double-double — 19 points and 14 rebounds — to lead the Mountaineers to the win. It was his fifth double-double of the season.
G DEVON DOTSON, KANSAS
In a 2-0 week for the Jayhawks, Dotson was the metronome for the Jayhawks’ performance in both games. Against Oklahoma State he had 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, in the 15-point victory. Then, against Texas Tech on Saturday, he scored 21 points, along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the 3-point victory.
F BRADY MANEK, OKLAHOMA
Yes, Manek had just five points against Kansas State. But he also had six rebounds in the game, along with three blocked shots. But on Saturday against Oklahoma State he was the key to victory, scoring 30 points — his second 30-plus point game of the season — and made seven 3-pointers in the Bedlam win over the Cowboys. Manek also had six rebounds and four assists.
G JAHMI’US RAMSEY, TEXAS TECH
The Red Raiders beat West Virginia and nearly rallied to overcome Kansas on the road, and Ramsey was a big part of it. Ramsey scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, in the West Virginia win. Then, against Kansas, he scored 26 points, along with five more 3-pointers, in the three-point loss to the Jayhawks. Ramsey’s offensive surge came after a three-game stretch in which he scored 28 combined points.
G MACIO TEAGUE, BAYLOR
Teague just keeps on going for the Bears, who remain undefeated in Big 12 action. Against Iowa State Teague scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and had 2 steals to lead the Bears. Then, on Saturday against TCU, Teague scored 19 points, 15 of which came on 3-pointers, along with 6 rebounds and a steal. The TCU game marked Teague’s fourth straight game in double figures.
THE SIXTH MAN
G ALONDES WILLIAMS, OKLAHOMA
Coming off the bench, Williams gave the Sooners quality minutes. In the loss to Kansas State he scored 15 points. Against Oklahoma State he had 12 points. Head coach Lon Kruger pointed out after the win on Saturday that he’s excited about the junior’s development.
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