A demeanour during a arriving week around a Big 12 Conference.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: TCU during Kansas State. The Wildcats got preseason actor of a year Dean Wade behind on Saturday, and he helped K-State jolt Iowa State 58-57. TCU followed adult a two-point detriment during Oklahoma by blustering West Virginia by 31 points on Tuesday. While conjunction group competence be deliberate a pretension contender only yet, both have a capability to pull for a clever finish — and Saturday’s matchup in Manhattan could be a vital step in that direction.
LOOKING AHEAD: Seventh-ranked Kansas travels to face West Virginia. The Mountaineers are 0-5 in a conference, their misfortune joining start in 23 years. West Virginia played in a Big East behind then. … No. 8 Texas Tech plays during Baylor. The Bears kick Oklahoma State on Monday for their initial joining highway win. But they’ll be though star Tristan Clark, who is out for a deteriorate with a knee injury. … The Cowboys will face Iowa State in Ames. It’ll be a contingency win for a Cyclones, who play during Kansas and during No. 18 Mississippi subsequent week. … Oklahoma and Texas block off in Austin. The Longhorns are 2-3 in a league, though it’ll be engaging to see if they gained any movement from scarcely knocking off a Jayhawks in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Marcus Garrett, Kansas: Garrett, a 6-foot-5 sophomore ensure and a 2017 actor of a year in Texas, exploded for 20 points on 8-of-11 sharpened to assistance a Jayhawks reason off a Longhorns 80-78 final weekend. Kansas needs a backcourt to step adult and assistance Dedric Lawson out with Udoka Azubuike out for a season, and Garrett’s assertiveness opposite Texas was a good pointer for a Jayhawks. Garrett’s prior deteriorate high was only 11 points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Fifteen players entered Wednesday’s movement sharpened during slightest 50 percent from a floor. Jaxson Hayes of Texas led a approach during 75 percent. … TCU led a joining with 80.4 points a diversion after a outburst opposite a Mountaineers. The Horned Frogs were also initial in margin idea commission during 48.4. … It hasn’t been a good year during a gift ribbon for a Big 12. Eight teams were sharpened underneath 70 percent from a line streamer into Wednesday’s action, and Tech a insignificant 71.4 percent led a conference.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Baylor changed adult dual spots to second in Monday’s poll. The Lady Bears perceived 6 first-place votes. … No. 11 Texas hosts TCU on Saturday, while No. 18 Iowa State — that mislaid to a Longhorns 64-62 in Ames final weekend, hosts Oklahoma. The Sooners, typically a clever program, are only 5-10 and are permitting a league-high 75.1 points per game.