Here are three thoughts on the Big 12 Conference men’s and women’s basketball games on Monday, as there was just one game across the conference.
So what happened? Well, it was Big Monday, Sunflower State Showdown style as Kansas traveled to Manhattan to take on Kansas State. It was, as one might expect, a great game.
Here are three thoughts on the day.
Jerome Tang is Undefeated (in Overtime)
In a game that was typical Kansas-Kansas State, once the game went to overtime you just had a feeling Kansas State was going to find a way to win.
And the Wildcats did, 75-70. And with it, coach Jerome Tang is now 11-0 in overtime as Kansas State’s head coach.
That’s wild. But it’s a win that may well serve as accelerant to get Kansas State (15-8, 5-5) back in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Wildcats had lost four straight going into the game. Kansas (18-5, 6-4) was coming off showing Houston the door at Allen Fieldhouse and led by as much as 11 early in this game. In fact, it looked like the Jayhawks had plenty of carryover from that win over the Cougars.
In the second half things flipped a bit. Things got gritty and sloppy and tight. And then Tylor Perry showed up.
Somehow, Kansas State has to fool Perry into thinking that the entire game is the second half. Per ESPN, entering the game Perry scored 73 percent of his points in the second half or after. He lived up to that. Of his 26 points, 21 were in the second half. He played every single minute. That circus shot layup to give Kansas State a four-point lead in overtime? Incredible stuff.
Most of the game, the Wildcats’ turnovers defined them. The Wildcats committed 16 and Kansas turned those into 21 points. It seemed whenever Kansas needed a turnover, they got one and they turned it into points.
But Kansas State cleaned it up just enough in overtime to win. In fact, Kansas was the one that made the key mistakes down the stretch. Kevin McCullar Jr. — who scored 15 points — stepped on the sideline as he attempted a baseline drive with 1:03 left.
McCullar missed the front end of a 1-and-1. KJ Adams Jr. committed a foul late that he had to avoid and it led to more points.
Hunter Dickinson had 21 points and 12 rebounds. DaJuan Harris Jr. scored 15 points and dished out eight assists. Adams added 13 points. But it wasn’t quite enough.
Cam Carter scored 19 points for Kansas State while Arthur Kaluma added 13 (he hit some big free throws late).
Kansas State needed every bit of it to lock this one down in overtime, when the Wildcats can’t seem to lose.
Women’s Odds And Ends
Just a few things I noticed when looking at the Big 12 women’s standings and statistics.
With Kansas State’s back-to-back losses, the Wildcats lost first place in the Big 12. But, they’re the only team left without a loss at home.
Oklahoma and West Virginia now have the longest current winning streak at six games each. Texas has the next longest at three.
The longest losing streak belongs to Oklahoma State, which has lost five straight.
Madison Conner of TCU leads the conference averaging 21 points per game (she’s been out the past few games). The only other player averaging 20 or more points per game is UCF’s Kaitlin Peterson (20.6 ppg).
Two players are averaging double-doubles — BYU’s Lauren Gustin (16.3 ppg, 15.0 rpg) and Kansas’ Taiyanna Jackson (12.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg).
Kansas State freshman guard Taryn Sides leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1).
Injured TCU guard Jaden Owens leads the league in assists with 6.8 per game. West Virginia’s Jordan Harrison is next at 5.5. If Iowa State’s Emily Ryan had enough games to quality she would be third (5.3 apg).
WVU’s JJ Quinerly is the only player in the conference averaging three or more steals per game this season (3.3).
What do you do after you drop a two-point loss to Baylor? You hit Top Golf, if you’re Iowa State.
The Cyclones are in Austin on Tuesday to face Texas as the men’s basketball team makes its final appearance on the Longhorn Network.
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