Baylor, Kansas to decide Big 12 title in 2 games Saturday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Third-placed Baylor signed on late in the season to forge a tie atop the Big 12 ahead of its regular-season finale against Iowa State on Saturday night. The Bears will know what to do the moment they warn because sixth-ranked Kansas, which is also 13-4 in the league, faces No. 21 Texas about two hours before at Allen Fieldhouse. No. 21 Texas Tech is one game back but swept the Bears and parted ways with Kansas, giving the Red Raiders an outside shot on the league tournament’s No. 1 seed before their game at Oklahoma State.
A preview of the upcoming weekend around the Big 12 Conference:
The Big 12 regular season title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament will likely be decided by two games about 600 miles apart on Interstate 35 on Saturday. . Third-placed Baylor (25-5, 13-4) began a season-ending charge that culminates in a game against Iowa State at the Ferrell Center. The Bears will know what to do the moment they warn, as sixth-ranked Kansas (23-6, 13-4), who are struggling to keep pace, face No. 21 Texas around two hours away. forward to Allen Fieldhouse. No. 21 Texas Tech (23-7, 12-5) swept the Bears and parted ways with Kansas, meaning the Red Raiders still have an outside shot on the No. 1 seed heading into their game at Oklahoma State.
“Baylor has to take care of business,” Kansas coach Bill Self said after a tough 72-68 win over TCU on Thursday night, “and I anticipate they will. We have to keep some of it. Saturday will be another kind of fun pressure.”
TCU has likely gone from the NCAA Tournament bubble to firmly in the 68 range, especially after sharing a pair of games with Kansas this week. But a victory Saturday in West Virginia would take away some of the sweat from the selection on Sunday.
Oklahoma and Kansas State are both 6-11 in the league and are battling for conference tournament seeding when they meet in the other Big 12 game on Saturday.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Kansas goaltender Remy Martin has been out with injuries all season and he’s barely played in the last three months — and when he’s played, the Jayhawks have usually lost. But his ability to create from point guard makes Kansas a dangerous team, and if he’s finally close to health, it gives coach Bill Self’s team a new dimension for March Madness.
IN THE NUMBERS
The Big 12 leads the nation in scoring defense with 64.5 points per game. … Iowa State’s Izaiah Brockington was the Big 12 Player of the Week. He scored 35 points in a win over West Virginia before going on to score 17 with eight rebounds in a win over Kansas State. … The Cyclones, who won just twice last season, reached 20 wins to break the school record for the biggest turnover. … Baylor forward Flo Thamba scored a career-high 18 points in a win over the Jayhawks in front of a record crowd of 10,628 in Waco, Texas. … Kansas State guard Nijel Pack has scored in double figures in 19 straight games. … Tanner Groves had 14 points and 10 boards for Oklahoma in a Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State. Avery Anderson III had 25 for the Cowboys, the fifth time he had at least 20 points in a game this season. … Texas reached 21 wins for the first time since the 2013-14 season. … Malik Curry had a season-high 27 points for the Mountaineers against Texas last week.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
Fifth-placed Baylor (24-5, 14-3) heads into the final weekend with a one-game lead over No. 8 Iowa State (24-5, 13-4). The Cyclones take on West Virginia on Saturday night before the Bears take on Texas Tech on Sunday. … Baylor have already clinched at least a share of the title for the 12th straight season, despite going 0-2 in the league. … Iowa State is trying to earn a share of its first title since 2000. … Kansas (19-8) heads to Oklahoma trying to reach 20 wins for the first time since the 2012-13 season. … Taylor Robertson hit Oklahoma’s fifth winner in the final minute of the Big 12 game this season, this time giving the Sooners a 72-69 win over Kansas State. … TCU’s Lauren Heard broke the Big 12 record last week with 151 career games played. …Texas heads into the final weekend with seven straight league wins, its longest streak since 2018. …Esmery Martinez had 22 points and 19 boards in West Virginia’s double-overtime victory over the Kansas State.