Saturday, January 15, 2011

Things to watch for today in the Big 12

It's a full slate of Big 12 basketball games today and here's what to watch for across the conference:

- Curtis Kelly returns to the Kansas State lineup after serving his six game suspension. How will Kelly, who averaged 10 points and four boards per game in non-conference play, respond to a team which is struggling? He returns today, at home, against a team which KSU should beat easily--Texas Tech.

- Quick, name the only school in the conference which Mike Anderson hasn't beat during his time at Missouri. It's today's foe, Texas A&M, against whom Anderson owns an 0-4 record. A victory in today's game goes a long way towards affirming which team challenges KU and Texas for the league crown this season.

- Nebraska is the league leader in field goal percentage defense and has done a good job in sagging in on opposing teams' big men. Will Kansas have the discipline to move the ball and be patient, or will they continue to show their propensity to settle for shots from behind the arc?

- Iowa State was 13-2 before losing late to Nebraska, battling Kansas until the Jayhawks pulled away late and now stand at 0-2 in the conference with Baylor coming to Ames. This is a game which will give us an indication of how serious a threat Baylor will be for the conference title.

In other Big 12 games today, Colorado hosts Oklahoma State and Oklahoma travels to Texas.

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