Big 12 basketball breakdown

As conference play began for all Big 12 teams on New Year’s Eve, it is time to catch up on where teams stand in the conference.

No. 12 Baylor at Iowa State,

The No. 12 Baylor Bears (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) started Big 12 play on the road against the Iowa State Cyclones (10-2, 1-0 Big 12). Prior to the meeting, Iowa State had one victory against a top-25 opponent — beat then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 25. Baylor is sporting a 2-1 record against top-25 teams.

Iowa State rolled to an impressive 77-62 win against the Bears as guard Gabe Kalscheur led the charge with 23 points. The Bears played well, but couldn’t get out of their own way, shooting 38% from field goal range and committing 19 turnovers.

Baylor turns its attention to the No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs on Jan. 4. Iowa State will hit the road to face Oklahoma on Jan. 4.

No. 6 Texas at Oklahoma

The No. 6 Texas Longhorns (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) overcame a seven-point second half deficit to defeat Oklahoma (9-4, 0-1 Big 12), 70-69.

In year two for Oklahoma head coach Porter Moser, the Sooners have been up and down. Oklahoma wrapped up 2022 going 3-3 in December with losses against two top-10 teams (No. 6 Texas and then-No. 9 Arkansas).

Transfer guard Grant Sherfield for the Sooners set the tone with 23 points, but it was not enough despite Oklahoma outplaying Texas behind the arc and from the field shooting.

Texas avoided the upset with late free throws. As a team, the Longhorns shot 15-of-16 (93%) from the line. Now, Texas will face Kansas State at home on Jan. 3.

Texas Tech at No. 18 TCU

The No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Texas Tech (10-3, 0-1 Big 12), 67-61.

TCU only shot 2-of-14 (14%) from behind the arc, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Horned Frogs from getting the victory. TCU shot 15-of-20 (75%) from the free throw line compared to Texas Tech’s 9-of-18 (50%).

Texas Tech will not return home to face Kanas on Jan. 3.

Oklahoma State at No. 4 Kansas

Oklahoma State (8-5, 0-1 Big 12) was determined to complete the upset, but No. 4 Kansas (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) guard Jalen Wilson had something to say before the Pokes could celebrate inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Despite trailing by as much as 15 points in the second half, Kansas, behind Wilson’s 20 points, roared back to survive, 69-67. Oklahoma State shot the ball well, going 13-of-29 (45%) from three-point range, but it was not enough despite 23 points from guard Bryce Thompson.

Oklahoma State will host West Virginia on Jan. 2.

No. 24 West Virginia at Kansas State

First-year Kanas State (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) head coach Jerome Tang has his Wildcats on a roll heading into 2023.

Kansas State trailed by as much as 14 before storming back to win in overtime over West Virginia (10-3, 0-1 Big 12), 82-76.

To find out more on what’s up with West Virginia has it turns its attention to Oklahoma State, click here.

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