The Baylor Bears, the Iowa State Cyclones and the Oklahoma Sooners took victories in Big 12 men’s basketball action on Tuesday night, as the conference wrapped up the cycle of weeknight games. I went on Periscope on Tuesday night to talk about all three games and the intriguing races inside the Big 12 standings.
No. 2 Baylor defeated Kansas State rather easily, 85-66, easily shaking off the hangover of losing to Kansas on Saturday. Baylor had five players in double figures, led by Matthew Mayer who came off the bench to score 19 points. As a team the Bears shot nearly 50 percent. Kansas State’s Cartier Diarra led the Wildcats with 19 points. The Wildcats have now lost eight straight games.
Oklahoma ended its three-game losing streak with a 65-51 win over Texas Tech in Oklahoma City. The win was a huge one for the Sooners when it comes to staying off the NCAA Tournament bubble. Kristian Doolittle scored 19 points to lead four Sooners in double figures, while Kevin McCullar led Texas Tech with 13 points.
Iowa State grabbed its third win in six games by defeating TCU, 65-59, by going 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final minute to outlast the Horned Frogs. Solomon Young led the Cyclones with 20 points, though 16 of that came in the first half. Tre Jackson added 18 points and Rasir Bolton had 11 points, including a 4-for-4 clip from the free-throw line in the final minute. TCU’s Desmond Bane had a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Jaire Grayer had 11 points, part of four TCU players in double figures. But TCU was unable to make a field goal in the final minute.
The Big 12 returns to action on Saturday with a full slate of games.