The sixth week of the 2022-23 Big 12 women’s basketball season is here. Our Week 6 primer gets you ready for the week ahead in Big 12 basketball.
Below you’ll find our game of the week, our mid-major danger game of the week, notes to watch, the week’s schedule with TV information and links to other useful college basketball information during the season.
Game of the Week
Iowa State vs. Villanova, Sunday. This is a sneaky-big game for the Cyclones. They’ve lost their two matchups with ranked opponents so far this season. Villanova would be the third. If I’m projecting ahead to the Big 12 race, a loss to Villanova would leave me thinking there’s less of a gap between the Cyclones and the rest of the league than I thought. I feel like this is a win ISU needs right now.
Mid-Major Danger Game of the Week
Tulsa at Kansas, Friday. Kansas is ranked for the first time in nearly a decade. But, to stay ranked, you have to keep winning. Tulsa will be pesky. The Golden Hurricane are 8-2 entering the week and have won five straight. Tulsa’s only pass at a Power 5 team so far this season was a loss (Arkansas).
Five Players to Watch
G Gabby Gregory, Kansas State: If you had Gregory as the league’s leading scorer (21.2 ppg) on Dec. 12 in your preseason projections we should plan a trip to Vegas soon. My retirement account needs an infusion of cash.
C Taiyanna Jackson, Kansas: Her game has just exploded this season. She’s averaging a double-double and her uptick in production isn’t coming at the expense of her teammates.
F Lior Garzon, Oklahoma State: The Villanova transfer isn’t just leading the Big 12 in 3-point shooting percentage. She’s the only one shooting 40 percent or better (44.8 percent).
G Emily Ryan, Iowa State: In a stunning development, Ryan leads the Big 12 in assists per game (6.7 apg) and is tied for the league lead in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2). In other words, Emily Ryan doing Emily Ryan things.
G Jaden Owens, Baylor: While Baylor tries to keep things together without Aijha Blackwell and Dre’una Edwards, Owens is second-best in the Big 12 with 2.4 steals per game.
Team to Watch
Texas. The Longhorns aren’t sure when they’ll get back forward Aaliyah Moore after an injury in the Longhorns’ last game. Forward Taylor Jones is banged up and has missed nearly a month. The Longhorns will be in Dallas to face USC. Once upon a time, this was a national championship game matchup. Now, Texas is struggling with its identity and is about to face a USC team that hasn’t lost a game going into Pac-12 play (but didn’t play a Power 5 team in non-conference).
Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson is the Big 12 and Oklahoma career 3-Point record holder as she entered the season with 446 3-pointers. In her last season in Norman, she has the chance to leave as the all-time NCAA leader in made 3-pointers, male or female. In each primer, we’ll track her progress.
Taylor Robertson: 473 (through nine games)
Men’s leader: Fletcher McGee (Wofford), 509
Needed to pass McGee: 37
Women’s leader: Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), 497
Needed to pass Mitchell: 24
This Week’s Schedule (all times central)
Texas at Jackson State, 11 a.m.
Oral Roberts at Texas Tech, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+
Tennessee State at Baylor, 11 a.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+
Tulsa at Kansas, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+
Northern Colorado at Kansas State, 1 p.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+
Grambling at TCU, 1 p.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+
Southern at Oklahoma, 2 p.m., ESPN+/SoonerVision
Iowa State at Villanova, 2:30 p.m.
USC at Texas, 2:30 p.m. (at Dallas, TX)
UNLV at Oklahoma State, 3 p.m., Big 12 Now/ESPN+
Arizona vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m. (at Dallas, TX), ESPN2
Links to Use
Team Schedules, Results
Signing Classes for 2023
You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard