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Big 12 Basketball Winners and Losers for Week 3

We’re into the third week of the college basketball season and we have more Big 12 winners and some losers to talk about.

Yes, as you’re reading this, it’s Thanksgiving day, so I hope you’re with family and friends and getting some time to get away from whatever it is you need to get away from. As for me, I’m doing the same. It just that I follow sports, and there’s not getting away from that, especially when practically every Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball team is at a tournament.

 

Every Thursday I’ll break down the biggest winners and the biggest losers for the first half of the week. Every weekend, we’ll hit the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Big 12 basketball.

Here we go.

Winner: Kevin McCullar (again)

Last week against Kentucky McCullar became the third Kansas player in history to have a triple-double. That’s incredible.

So, what did McCullar do on Monday against Chaminade? He became the first player in Kansas history to record triple-doubles in two straight games. He had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

He’s also just the seventh player in NCAA history with consecutive triple-doubles, and there are some notable names on that list:

At this point, that’s the only way to overshadow what Hunter Dickinson is doing right now, who is basically a walking double-double machine.

Loser: Oklahoma State Women

By now, the Cowgirls are back in Stillwater, Okla., after their trip back from the Bahamas, where they were swept at the Baha Mar Hoops Tournament.

The first loss came at the hands of Penn State, 89-80, as the Nittany Lions beat a Big 12 team for the second time this season (Kansas was the other).

 

The Cowgirls then fell to a Top 25 team for the second time this season, losing to Ohio State, 75-57.

Oklahoma State is now 2-3 for the season and while all three of its losses are to Power 6 teams, the Cowgirls clearly have some ground to make up if it wants to contend in the Big 12 this season.

Winner: Aziz Bandaogo

On Monday the NCAA approved Bandaogo’s appeal for his transfer waiver and he is now eligible to play. Bandaogo and his supporters have said all along that his transfer should be approved under the “mental health” aspect of the new waiver rules. The NCAA approved after “receiving more information.”

This is great news for Cincinnati, as the Bearcats had Bandaogo slated to be their starting center. He should make an immediate impact.

Loser: RaeQuan Battle

On Tuesday the NCAA denied the waiver appeal of West Virginia’s RaeQuan Battle, so he will sit out the 2023-24 season unless something miraculous happens.

WVU athletic director Wren Baker and head coach Josh Eilert expressed their disappointment with the decision, as they felt that Battle’s situation fell under the same “mental health” aspect of the new transfer rule.

This is bad news for the Mountaineers, who had Battle slated as a starting guard after he scored more than 17 points per game at Montana State last season.

Confused by all of this? You’re not the only one. I’m going to dig in later this weekend and try to put something together that explains what’s happening and why the NCAA is massively screwing this up (what else is new?).

But I want some turkey first.

 

Winner: Lauren Gustin

There was a brief moment last spring when it looked like Lauren Gustin might transfer from BYU. So glad that didn’t happen, because BYU — and Big 12 fans — would be denied stat lines like this:

Then, Gustin went out and dropped 14 and 12 on Saint Louis. The Cougars are now 5-0.

The center position in this conference is just gonna be bonkers once we get to league play.

Losers: Bill Self vs. Shaka Smart

Yeah we all saw the argument, and if you read my three thoughts from the game, you know why it started.

But here’s what you might not know unless you hung in there with ESPN after the game.

Smart has beaten Self’s Jayhawks when they were the No. 1 team in the country while leading three different teams. Smart did it with VCU, Texas and now Marquette.

I mean, yeah, Self has the Hall-of-Fame jacket and the national champions. But Smart has some weird mojo when he can catch the Jayhawks when they’re No. 1.

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You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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