After reviewing each of the Big 12 games for Week 10 of the league season (ending March 7), here is the Heartland College Sports Men’s Basketball Starting 5.
UDOKA AZUBUIKE, C, KANSAS
Azubuike ended the regular season on a high, scoring a career-high 31 points against TCU early in the week (along with 14 rebounds), and then scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Texas Tech in the season finale. He’s now a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award.
AUSTIN REAVES, G, OKLAHOMA
The OU guard went off with the best game in the Big 12 this season when the Sooners rallied to beat TCU. Reaves scored 41 points, going 12-of-23 from the floor, with two 3-pointers, and a 15-of-16 game at the free-throw line. The performance catapulted the Sooners back to .500 in league action and helped them avoid a potential game in the first day of the Big 12 Tournament.
ISAAC LIKEKELE, G, OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowboys may have punched their ticket to the NIT and Likekele, the sophomore guard, had plenty to do with it. In a win over Kansas State he had 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Then, on the road against Texas, he had a double-double — 15 points and 10 rebounds — along with 5 assists. The Cowboys have now won 8 of their last 13 games and Likekele finishes the season on our last Starting Five.
XAVIER SNEED, G, KANSAS STATE
A little respect to Sneed, who finished the season with a huge game against Iowa State — 31 points — to help K-State snap a 10-game losing streak. Sneed also had four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Earlier in the week in a loss to Oklahoma State, Sneed had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. He was one of the best things about this 10-win K-State team this season.
OSCAR TSHIEBWE, F, WEST VIRGINIA
The Mountaineers needed to get on a run going into Kansas City and Tshiebwe delivered. On the road at Iowa State he scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Mountaineers won their first road game in two months. Then, on Saturday at home against Baylor, the freshman had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Mountaineers upset the No. 4 team in the nation.
THE SIXTH MAN
MILES MCBRIDE, G, WEST VIRGINIA
McBride came off the bench to help with both of West Virginia’s wins this week. McBride had 17 points on the road against Iowa State and then scored 12 points off the bench against Baylor. That’s a good omen for WVU going into the Big 12 Tournament.
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