Friday, January 20, 2012

Big 12 turnovers and fast breaks

Fast break: Royce White of Iowa State is the real deal. White leads the Cyclones in points (13.6), rebounds (9.3), assists (4.4) and blocks (1.2) per game. Iowa State is 13-5 and 3-2 in the league with two road games coming up--Texas Tech on Saturday and Texas on Tuesday.

Turnover: Kansas State announced that Jordan Henriquez has been "suspended indefinitely" from the squad. The move leaves the 'Cats depleted in the frontcourt where Henriquez had averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Fast break: The three Big 12 front-runners--Kansas, Baylor and Missouri--all face stiff tests tomorrow. KU travels to Texas for a game which will tip off after Missouri's game at Baylor. The key to the MU-Baylor match-up will be the Bears' ability to exploit their frontline advantage while neutralizing MU's guard play. It will be interesting to see Scott Drew's defensive scheme--will he play as much zone against a team which has guys who can light it up from outside the arc?

Turnover: Let's not automatically put Tyshawn Taylor of KU in this category. Taylor has been on a tear lately--28 points against Baylor on Monday night and 28 against Iowa State on Saturday. The Taylor we've seen of late eases the scoring pressure on Thomas Robinson and also opens up the court for Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford.

Fast break: How many teams will the league get into the tournament? Kansas, Baylor and Missouri are all locks but after that it gets muddy. I think Iowa State gets in and Kansas State if it finishes at .500 in the league. Texas? They could've used a road win against KSU on Wednesday night. Oklahoma State? They can't seem to win on the road. So, let's say four Big 12 teams for sure and likely five given the conference's record against non-conference opponents.


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