Well, unless you've been under a rock all day, you know that the Big 12 got left out of the college football championship picture so instead of writing a bunch of words about the injustice in leaving TCU and Baylor out of college football's biggest and newest party, I'll use this week's Big 12 recap column space to let you know how the best basketball conference in the country fared this week. For the sake of ease, we'll assume you know how KU fared and we'll list the other results by school, alphabetically.
Baylor Bears, Record: 7-1 overall, 2-0 this week
Baylor 75, Texas Southern 49
Baylor 66, Vanderbilt 63
It's a little surprising that Baylor had this much trouble putting away Vandy, but the positive for the Bears was Royce O'Neal's 22 points against the Commodores.
Iowa State Cyclones, Record: 5-1 overall, 2-0 this week
ISU 96, Lamar 59
ISU 95, Arkansas 77
A couple of high scoring games for the Cyclones. Bryce Dejean-Jones had 27 points and Georges Niang had 26 in the rout of the Razorbacks.
Kansas State Wildcats, Record: 4-4 overall, 1-1 this week
K-State 84, Omaha 66
Tennessee 65, K-State 54
Marcus Foster was 7 of 14 from three point land in the loss to the Volunteers.
Oklahoma Sooners, Record: 5-2 overall, 1-0 this week
Oklahoma 82, Missouri 63
Oklahoma got the best of its former conference rival as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Ryan Spangler had 18 points and 5 rebounds against the Tigers.
Oklahoma State Cowboys, Record: 7-1 overall, 1-1 this week
OSU 87, North Texas 61
South Carolina 75, Oklahoma State 49
The loss to South Carolina will probably go down as one of the most embarrassing non-conference losses for the Big 12 this year. The Gamecocks used a 20-4 run to put away the Cowboys.
TCU Horned Frogs, Record: 8-0 overall, 1-0 this week
TCU 66, Ole Miss 54
Maybe the Horned Frogs can keep up the winning ways and win enough games in the conference season to be screwed over by the selection committee come March.
Texas Longhorns, Record: 7-1 overall, 1-1 this week
Texas 63, UT-Arlington 53
Kentucky 63, Texas 51
Texas was tied with Kentucky at the half but then failed to score in the first several minutes of the second half enabling Kentucky to get out to a large lead. Texas valiantly cut the lead to single digits several times, but they could never catch all the way up.
Texas Tech Red Raiders, Record: 5-1 overall, 1-0 this week
Tech 46, Auburn 44
What a barn burner.
West Virginia Mountaineers, Record: 7-1 overall, 0-1 this week
LSU 74, WVU 73
Late game on Sunday against Northern Kentucky
All-American candidate Juwan Staten scored 17 in the loss to the Tigers.
Important games around the Big 12 this week:
Texas A&M at Baylor, Tuesday
Kansas at Georgetown, Wednesday
Iowa State at Iowa, Friday
Utah at Kansas, Saturday
Oklahoma State at Memphis, Saturday