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Baylor Makes It 23-Straight Wins, West Virginia Bounces Back

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma

We’re wrapping up Tuesday night’s games for Big 12 men’s basketball and our Matthew Postins broke it all down in our Big 12 Postgame Periscope. The Postgame Periscope is our instant review of each weeknight’s games, with analysis and context for that night’s action and beyond. 

The No. 1 Baylor Bears (24-1, 13-0 in Big 12) won their 23rd straight game with a 65-54 win over Oklahoma (16-10, 6-7) in Norman, Okla. The win also extended the Bears’ winning streak to start Big 12 play, now the second longest in Big 12 history. It also sets the stage for Saturday’s huge game in Waco, Texas, between Baylor and Kansas, which are No. 1 and No. 3 in the country, respectively. 

 
 

In the Periscope I talk about how the Bears compensated for not having MaCio Teague on the court for the second straight game (it was similar to what they did against West Virginia on Saturday) and how the defense on one particular Sooner played a key role in Baylor claiming the win.

Jared Butler scored 22 points for Baylor, while Mark Vital scored 10 as all five starters played at least 30 minutes. Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle continued his tear with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Brady Manek pitched in 10 and Alondes Williams scored 11 off the bench.

But, in the end, as they say, the Butler did it.

West Virginia (19-7, 7-6) won the first Big 12 game of the night, defeating Oklahoma State (13-13, 3-10), 65-47. For the first 15 minutes, the Cowboys were the red-hot team and the Mountaineers were the same slumping team on offense they had been during their three-game losing streak.

But, after Oklahoma State took a 28-18 lead with about five minutes to go in the first half, it all changed. From that point the Mountaineers outscored the Cowboys, 47-19. How did the Mountaineers do it? A lineup change, a big halftime basket and a horrible shooting stretch for the Cowboys all contributed to WVU’s rise to their seventh league win. 

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins won his 879th game, tying him with North Carolina’s Dean Smith for No. 6 all-time

Sean McNeil and Miles McBride led the Mountaineers with 11 points each. Oscar Tshiebwe only scored 8 points but he had 15 rebounds. Derek Culver had 10 rebounds. Eight Mountaineers scored and none scored fewer than five points. 

Cameron McGriff led the Cowboys with 19 points and 5 rebounds. 

Wednesday night this cycle of Big 12 games wraps up as Texas hosts TCU and Kansas State travels to Texas Tech.

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