Thursday, February 3, 2011

Big 12 mid-season update

We're just about at the midway point of the Big 12 mens hoops season and what have we learned?

- It's a two-horse race between Texas, 7-0, and Kansas, 6-1. Texas is really, really good and has shut down teams (see Texas A&M) defensively.

- This isn't your typical Kansas team defensively but the Jayhawks have lots of ways to score. KU is extremely efficient on offense, both in sharing the ball as well as the quality of shots they get...and make.

- Kansas State recovered from life support by handily beating Nebraska at home last night. Has Curtis Kelly finally received the message from Frank Martin? Kelly scored 16 points, pulled down four rebounds, had a blocked shot and two steals against the Huskers. KSU needs to begin its surge as the Wildcats are firmly on the NCAA bubble at 15-8 and 3-5 in conference.

- Missouri wins at home. When the Tigers travel, they have issues. Mizzou's four losses in Big 12 play have all come on the road.

- Don't look now but Oklahoma is 4-3 in conference play and 12-9 overall after starting 0-3 and 8-9.

- Pat Knight won't be back next year at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are 11-12 and 3-5. And, judging by the red seats masquerading as fans on Tuesday night, interest in Tech hoops has waned as well.

- Baylor continues to disappoint, even with their three future NBA players, one of whom (Perry Jones) is projected as a possible number one pick.

- The Mayor, head coach Fred Hoiberg, was "the man" in Ames, Iowa earlier in the season but the good times ended for Iowas State once conference play began--the Cyclones are 1-7 and now 14-9 overall.

- The mid-season pick for Coach of the Year has to be Rick Barnes of Texas with a shout-out to Bill Self, given the talent lost from last year's conference championship team at Kansas. Player of the Year candidates are Marcus Morris of Kansas, Tristan Thompson of Texas, Alec Burks of Colorado and Marcus Denmon of Missouri. The nod at this point has to go to Morris.

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