Tuesday Morning Point Guard

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Jamie and Marshall take a look at the week in Big 12 basketball.

Now that there's no more football for TCU to worry about, let's invest in another potential soul-crushing endeavor: TCU basketball.

Marshall Weber

How 'bout that Big 12 basketball? What could very well be the country's best conference went a perfect 9-0.

New Mexico 63, Kansas 80

The Jayhawks were led Saturday by Freshman center Joel Embiid and sophomore Perry Ellis who finished with 18 and 22 points respectively. Star child/Canadian wunderkind  Andrew Wiggins had a 11 points and 4 rebounds as Kansas rolled against a very good Lobos team thanks to two big runs in the second half.

Texas State 53 Texas 85

Texas is proving to be a lot better than most thought they would be. Sophomore center Cam Ridley had a career high 22 points against the Bobcats.

Texas, who are now 9-1, will get a big test Wednesday as they travel to Chapel Hill to play a Tarheel team that is coming off a big win against Kentucky.

LA Tech 53 Oklahoma State 70

The stats may not have shown it, but it's pretty clear that Marcus Smart is one of the best players in college and as well as an NBA lottery pick. Smart finished with only 13 points but what he did was allow his teammates to become more active in the game as the No. 7 Cowboys cruised past the Bulldogs.

Tulsa 91, Oklahoma 101

Freshman guard Justin Woodard was the star in this one as he finished with career highs of 24 points and 8 assists against the Golden Hurricanes.

Iowa 82, Iowa State 85


Georges Niang's late score in the second half lifted the  No. 17 Cyclones over the No. 23 Hawkeyes Friday in Ames.

The Cyclones are now 8-0 and making a good case for one of the Big 12's best teams.

Central Arkansas 57, Texas Tech 79

Dejan Kravic led Tech with 13 points, but the Red Raiders were able to cruise past Central Arkansas thanks to Jaye Crockett, Jordan Tolbert, Toddrick Gotcher each having 10 points.

Tech is now 7-3.

Marshall 64, West Virginia 74

The Battle for Appalachia (just made that up) went in the Big 12's favor.

The Mountaineers were led by Juwan Staten and were propelled by a 12-1 run late in the game to lift themselves over the Thundering Heard.

Troy 43 Kansas State 73

Boards on boards on boards.  The Wildcats muscled their way to a win against Troy, collecting 17 offensive rebounds and 44 total.

Will Spradling and Marcus Foster each scored a team high of 14.

Texas Pan-Am 48, TCU 57

Granted it was Texas Pan-Am, but this looks like a completely different team that opened up with their season with a loss against SMU.

Kyan Anderson led the offense with 16 points and Kaviar Shepard got the first double-double of his career.

Jamie Plunkett

It's probably too soon to start talking about, "Well, if they had only...." with TCU basketball, but think about this for a second.

They've won 6 out of their last 7 games, and are sitting at 6-3 on the year. That includes a loss to Longwood on a buzzer beating three-pointer, a close loss to SMu and getting shellacked by Harvard.

We can all agree that the Frogs should have beaten Longwood. They're a 4-6 team that has losses to the likes of North Carolina A&T, Eastern Kentucky, and Mississippi Valley State.We all know the Frogs are going to need every out of conference win they can get to boost morale, and that loss will be one they look back on and kick themselves about.

But, to the present. TCU had another opportunity to look back on a game and say, "Well, if we had only..." against UT-Pan American on Sunday, and instead, they turned on the burners when it mattered most and finished the game on a 12-3 run.

Trent Johnson wasn't very pleased even in victory though, telling reporters after the game, "For us to be content to settle and shoot the three and not pass the ball into the post, that was a problem."

However when they did work the ball into the paint things went well, and Karviar Shepherd earned his first double double of his young career.

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