Ok, we'll call this Monday Afternoon Point Guard. Regardless, the Big 12 is shaping up to be one of the finer conferences in college basketball this year and finished off yet another exciting weekend.
Purdue 73, West Virginia 70
Despite West Virginia’s freshman star, Devin Williams hitting a career high 20 points and recording his fourth double-double of the year, the Mountaineers couldn’t pull it off against Purdue. The Boilermakers were led by the outstanding play of Terone Johnson, who blocked Eron Harris’ shot at the buzzer to end the game.
Southern 56, No. 11 Baylor 81
The Bears cruised past Southern thanks to Isaiah Austin’s 14 points and 10 rebounds as well as getting some help off the bench from senior guard Brady Heslip, who finished with 13 points.
George Mason 67, No. 14 Iowa State 79
Iowa State’s Georges Niang put up 22 points and led the undefeated Cyclones to a victory over former Cinderella, George Mason. DeAndre Kane and Dustin Hogue also helped out and finished with 13 and 17 points respectively in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.
No. 5 Michigan State 92, Texas 78
The box score may not indicated it, but Texas actually played the Spartans pretty well…at least for 75% of the game. The Spartans pulled away thanks to the brilliant performance of Adreian Payne, who finished with 33 points in the win in Austin.
The take away for Texas was center Cameron Ridley who finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Ridley’s physicality played a big role in the huge win in Chapel Hill earlier in the week for Texas, but the Horns couldn’t find the same magic in Austin.
Georgetown 64, No. 17 Kansas 87
Joel Embiid and Tarik Black each put up 17 points as the Jayhawks dominated Georgetown Saturday. Though they won big, the game was as physical as Kansas has played all year and was a good test as we head into conference play in the next couple of weeks. Also---for those who care, Andrew Wiggins had12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Gonzaga 62, Kansas State 72
What a big for the Wildcats over the (then) No. 21 Zags Saturday night. K-State was led by the Marcus Foster who finished the game with 14 points and 6 bounds in the huge win.
Texas A&M 52, Oklahoma 64
Oklahoma got their seventh straight win Saturday in Houston against their old conference foe thanks to Jordan Woodard’s 20 points. Tyler Neal also had a notable performance for the Sooners as he finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Colorado 73, Oklahoma State 78
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State’s mighty Number Two, led the Cowboys to a thrilling win over the Buffs Saturday night in Las Vegas. OSU built up a ten-point lead late in the second half at the MGM Grand and even though Colorado slowly cut the lead down the rest of the game, they were never able to make it past a four-point deficit.
Marcus Smart also added 18 points and 3 assists in the win.
Arizona State 76, Texas Tech 62
In addition to their poor shooting percentage (36%), Tech couldn’t overcome the Sun Devils’ large first half run Saturday in Tempe. However, Jordan Tolbert was outstanding and finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in the loss.
Tulsa 58, TCU 70
Down 10 at the half, the Horned Frogs dominated the second half and were able to get a big win against Tulsa thanks to 20-4 run and another 20-point game by Kyan Anderson.