2/21/15

 


#14 Iowa State (19-6, 9-4 Big 12) @  Texas  (17-9, 6-7 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

So maybe we don’t have a great game this weekend, but as a whole they all matter.  The best game starts with the Rick Barnes watch.  If Barnes and Texas can beat Iowa State, Barnes could possibly salvage his career, but a loss at home, securing a non winning conference record probably all but guarantees he won’t be back next year.  Iowa State needs this game to stay in the race for the Big 12 title after Kansas suffered a loss at Morgantown on Monday night, bringing the two teams within one game of one another with 5 games left in the season.  Until Wednesday Night, Iowa State had struggled mightily on the road this season, dropping all but 2 games including a loss at Lubbock.  The bright side is that they showed great poise in Stillwater, winning the game in the final minute which gives a reason for hope that the Cyclones have figured out their road woes.  Something has to give in this game.  No game has more consequences tied to it, therefore it lands tied for the best game of the day.  An almost perfect 3 1/2 barcaloungers.  

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#21 West Virginia  (20-6, 8-5 Big 12)   @  #22 Oklahoma St  (17-9, 7-7 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

It is interesting how both teams ended up at this point. West Virginia just had a stretch of playing 4 out of 5 ranked teams and lost 3 out of the first 4, before winning against the highest rated team they had played all year, the Kansas Jayhawks.  On the flip side, the Cowboys had just gotten done ripping off 5 straight wins against all ranked teams, including the Jayhawks, before dropping a game to the lowly Horned Frogs (and subsequently ISU).  So if by going by the last 5 or 6 games, OSU should have the edge, but if going by just this week you would have to give the edge to the Mountaineers.  If West Virginia has any hopes of winning the Big 12 conference, this is an absolute must win.  Even the most ardent Jayhawk haters would have to admit that Kansas losing 3 of their final 5 would be hard to fathom, so the Mountaineers need to win their final five games to stay in the hunt.  The Cowboys need this win to bolster their seeding for the tournament and more importantly to stop a losing streak before it gets out of control.  A turn south here could have  what once looked like a promising seed in March Madness turn into a promising seed in the NIT.  The stakes are high so what is not to like, except the fact that it is going head to head with the other best game of the day?  Another 3 1/2 barcaloungers.

 

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TCU  (16-10, 3-10 Big 12)  @  #8 Kansas  (21-5, 10-3 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

The only reason to watch this game is for the massive upset potential that would completely alter the Big 12 conference race.  Kansas is coming off a loss and is now back at home after a five day rest.  TCU is coming to Lawrence off a huge win against Kansas State and after just two days rest.  On paper this looks like a total mismatch, but the facts that the stakes are so high for Kansas, who is clinging on to a one game lead with games against Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas and Kansas State still left, is a reason why this game is so critical.  It is hard to say that a team that has won 10 straight conference titles and are in first place with 5 games left is in a must win game, but for the Jayhawks, this is a must win game.  I give it 2 barcaloungers for the importance factor.

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Kansas St  (13-14, 6-8 Big 12)  @  #20 Baylor  (19-7, 7-6 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

It seems as though these two teams have traversed in opposite directions all conference season long.  At first KSU looked like the biggest surprise of the conference while Baylor and Texas were vying for most disappointing. After Baylor dropped their first two games and had to go to overtime with TCU just to win, they have been playing their way back into relevancy, minus a devastating sweep at the hands of Oklahoma State this year.  Meanwhile, Kansas State sprinted out to first place by themselves in the conference after their first five games, only to lose 7 of their last 9 games, dropping them to near the bottom of the conference standings.  Baylor should win easily, but both these teams are wildly unpredictable.  Good game?  Maybe not.  Competitive game?  Could be, so I give it 2 barcaloungers.

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#17 Oklahoma  (18-8, 9-5 Big 12))   @  Texas Tech  (12-15, 2-12 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

Here we go again with another upset watch.  OU is coming off of their sweep with arch-rival Texas and taking their show to Lubbock, where nobody gets an easy win.  The bad news for Tech is that the Sooners are the hottest team in the conference right now, winning six of their last seven, and the one loss coming in a very close game on the road.  Even worse, Tech can’t catch these guys sleeping or looking forward, because the Sooners have a full week off after this game before having to play TCU in Norman.  If Oklahoma wins this game, they could be sitting pretty for a chance at the Big 12 conference title.  They get the two worst teams in a span of two weeks, before having to regroup after their vacation and finish the season with HUGE games at Ames and at home against the Jayhawks.  If they are within striking distance in the last week of the season, they might be the most rested and have the best chance of knocking the Jayhawks off of their decade long perch.  But this game?  eh…  1 and 1/2 barcaloungers just because Tech can give teams a lot of trouble in Lubbock. 

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