2/7/15

 


#19 Baylor (17-5, 5-4 Big 12) @ West Virginia (18-4, 6-3 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

As this is the only game this week featuring two teams with winning conference records, it doesn’t get more important than this. Baylor needs this win to stay in the conference race, but has only beaten TCU (in overtime) on the road in the Big 12 this year.  Baylor tends to win the games they should, which bodes well for West Virginia, because on paper West Virginia should win this game.  If they still have any plans of winning the conference, West Virginia is going to need to hold home court in their next two games against Baylor and Kansas State, because their remaining schedule is pretty brutal:  KU, @OSU, UT, @BU, @KU, OSU.  West Virginia went 4-0 against Texas Tech and TCU this year, so they didn’t drop any bad games, but now they have no breaks from here on out.  It is going to be a fun stretch for their fans to watch.  The race for conference and postseason seeding starts today.  Perfect four barcaloungers!

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#8 Kansas (19-3, 8-1 Big 12)   @  Oklahoma St  (15-7, 5-5 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

Not only will this be the Pokes’ last stand for the conference, it could also be the Big 12’s. If somebody is going to knock off the Jayhawks this year it has to start at some point.  The good news for those rooting for the Cowboys to pull it off is Stillwater is the only place Bill Self has a losing record on the road in the Big 12 conference.  The Cowboys also own the best winning (actually losing) percentage against Bill Self overall in the conference.  Going home for Bill Self has always been somewhat of a crap shoot and this year the Pokes are ready for a showdown. If you just want superstition, Kansas’s first conference loss was after winning four conference games in a row, and now Kansas has won four games in a row so maybe they are due. While a loss wouldn’t be devastating to Oklahoma State, a win for the Pokes would put them in great position for the NCAA tournament and give them a confidence boost going down the back stretch of conference play.  If KU wins this game, the odds are getting longer for everybody but the Jayhawks to win the 2015 conference championship.  This would be a huge win on the road for the Jayhawks where, as mentioned earlier, they have struggled in the past.  A win for Self would give him a .500 or better record on the road at every Big 12 venue.  The Kansas game in Stillwater is always better than it looks on paper, and this year it looks pretty good on paper too.  3 1/2 barcaloungers.

 

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#21 Oklahoma  (15-7, 6-4 Big 12)  @  TCU  (14-8, 1-8 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

This game has upset written all over it.  Oklahoma has played well on the road this year, but no team has been more unpredictable.  Outside of their loss to Texas, TCU has played very respectable at home this year, taking Kansas down to the final seconds.  It is only a matter of time before Trent Johnson has the Horned Frogs converting some of thes close losses to close wins.  The Sooners will feel fortunate to get out of Ft. Worth with a win, which in itself shows you the turnaround that is being performed at TCU.  This is going to be a better game than you think.  I am going 3 barcaloungers.

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#25 Texas  (14-8, 3-6 Big 12)  @  Kansas St  (12-11, 5-5 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

Are there two fan bases in the Big 12 that wish they didn’t have their current head coach as much as these two?  Ok, Ok, I hear you Oklahoma State fans.  Still, the pitchforks are out in Austin and if Barnes loses this one, I can imagine he seals his fate at 3-7 in the conference.  It is almost impossible to believe they would reach that point based on projections.  The thing is, I wouldn’t be surprised if Texas is one of those dangerous seeds in the tournament, but first they have to make it.  If Barnes fails to advance to the Sweet 16 this year, I can’t imagine there is a chance he is back.  A win keeps the Longhorns’ head above water and stops a season crushing 4 game losing streak while they have TCU and Tech at home for their next games, bringing them back to 6-6 in the conference.  The season is salvageable, at best, but they have to win this game.  Kansas State is going backwards.  After starting 4-1 and jumping into first place, Weber’s squad followed it up by going 1-4 to even up their conference record.   After getting blown out in Lubbock it makes you wonder if this Wildcat team hasn’t quit on Weber.  This will be a very telling game.  Mildly depressing considering the larger stakes, but if you like watching two despised men face off for their jobs/careers/dignity, this should be like the Superbowl. 2 barcaloungers.

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Texas Tech  (12-11, 2-8 Big 12)   @  #11 Iowa State  (16-5, 6-3 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

Tubby is on a roll… at home. On the road, this is still the same Texas Tech we have always known and they are heading to one of the hardest places to play in the country.  The Cyclones are going to be looking for revenge and it most likely won’t be pretty coming off a stinging loss to Kansas.  I expect this to be a statement game for Iowa State, unfortunately for the Red Raiders, but I can’t rule this unwatchable. It serves as a backup option in case the Kansas at Oklahoma State game ends up being a blowout, you also have the revenge factor or just to find out if Tubby has Hoiberg’s number, I will give it one barcalounger for pure curiosity sake.

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