A take a look at the upcoming weekend across the Large 12 Convention:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
After the Large 12 had three of its 5 midweek video games postponed on account of COVID-19 protocols, together with a tantalizing Thursday night time matchup between No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 12 Texas, the league will get again to work in earnest on Saturday with a (almost) full slate of video games. The highlights are No. 13 West Virginia visiting the Longhorns and No. 15 Texas Tech heading to No. 23 Kansas. The Mountaineers had their sport towards second-ranked Baylor postponed, in order that they’ll be taking part in for the primary time since a three-game win streak ended towards the Sooners. The Pink Raiders have been off even longer, having three video games towards Baylor and TCU known as off. And now they get a scorching bunch of Jayhawks that responded to falling out of the Prime 25 for the primary time in 12 years by ripping off 4 straight wins.
The Sooners go to Iowa State and Kansas State travels to TCU within the different convention video games Saturday, whereas the Bears are nonetheless on hiatus on account of COVID-19 and had their sport towards Oklahoma State postponed. The Cowboys are on account of play Texas Tech of their subsequent sport Monday night time, and Baylor is lastly scheduled to be again on the courtroom Tuesday night time towards the Cyclones. That is the identical night time Kansas heads to Texas for a high-profile midweek matchup.
PLAYER TO WATCH
One of many huge causes Oklahoma has climbed into the highest 10 is Austin Reaves, the senior guard who has confirmed to be way more than only a sharpshooter over the previous few weeks. Reaves has scored no less than 16 factors in 4 straight video games, and the previous three he is added no less than six rebounds. The coup de grace got here towards West Virginia, when Reaves poured in 28 factors and made a nifty crossover earlier than drilling a floating jumper for the ultimate margin in a 91-90 double-overtime victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Baylor’s lengthy stretch with out a sport means it has loved matching this system’s finest begin, set throughout the 2011-12 season, however hasn’t been capable of construct upon it. … Jalen Coleman-Lands has led Iowa State in scoring in its final three video games, together with 17 factors at Oklahoma State. … Jalen Wilson had 11 factors and 9 rebounds whereas Marcus Garrett scored a game-high 14 in a the Jayhawks’ win over Kansas State. … The Wildcats’ beginning backcourt of Mike McGuirl (0-6), Selton Miguel (0-2) and Nigel Pack (0-7) have been a mixed 0 for 15 from the 3-point arc towards Kansas. … The Sooners have gained seven of their final eight video games with all 5 starters in double-figures scoring of their win over the Mountaineers. … West Virginia’s Derek Culver had a career-best 29 factors and 14 rebounds within the loss to the Sooners. … Cowboys standout Cade Cunningham, a possible high choose within the NBA draft, matched a profession excessive with 4 3-pointers and scored 21 factors towards Iowa State.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
Iowa State (14-8, 10-5 Large 12) faces Oklahoma State (16-6, 12-4) on Saturday in a sport matching two of the highest 4 groups within the Large 12. … Baylor has gained eight straight video games to steer the Large 12 at 11-1 in convention play. … Oklahoma’s Madi Williams had 27 factors and 13 rebounds in a win over Iowa State. She additionally scored 21 factors whereas sparking a 15-0 fourth-quarter run in an upset of the Mountaineers. … Lexi Donarski set an Iowa State freshman document with 32 factors in a win over the Horned Frogs. She was 10 of 14 from the sphere. … Oklahoma State’s Natasha Mack and Texas’ Charli Collier every have 14 double-doubles this season, tied for second within the nation. … Vivian Grey of Texas Tech is the one participant to steer her staff in all 5 main statistical classes: 18.9 factors, 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per sport.