Big 12 Blog
Player of the Week
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Smart was the key factor in two big wins this past week against Baylor and Kansas State. Over his past 3 games he’s averaged 22 ppg 6.3 rpg and getting to the free throw line at a rate of 10 times per game. He’s also played excellent defense and been the reason why Oklahoma State is probably the hottest team in the conference.
Cory Jefferson, Baylor
Jefferson showed of a new element to his game this week in his huge game against Kansas. He went 3/3 from deep and had previously been 0/7 in his career from downtown. He followed his 25 point 7 rebound effort against KU with a double-double on only 7 shots against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma-The sooners really hurt their tourney odds this past week with a loss to TCU (previously 1-15 in conference), and another to Iowa State. The sooners will still likely make the tourney, but according to Joe Lunardi on ESPN has dropped down to an 11 seed, which isn’t a favorable spot to be in. They also allowed 54% from a team that up until that point had shot under 40% from the season from the floor.
WTF Moment of the Week
TCU upset of Oklahoma-TCU sure likes to strike at the oddest times. With their only conference win of the season so far being over Big 12 leader Kansas, they pulled another shocker this past week by knocking off Oklahoma.
Big 12 All-Conference Team
G-Pierre Jackson-He’s been inefficient at times, but he leads the conference in scoring, passing and is 4th in steals.
G-Marcus Smart-An article not too long ago said Smart was having the best overall season in Oklahoma State history. His impact on the game makes him a lock here as well.
G-Ben McLemore-Quite possibly the Big 12 POY with his tremendous ability to score from deep and also defend on the wing.
C-Jeff Withey-No one protects the rim in the nation better than Withey. He’s 3rd in the conference in rebounding, and leading the conference in blocked shots and field goal percentage.
F-Romero Osby-This was the hardest decision to put on the list but he’s been the best player on Oklahoma and one of the more dynamic scorers in the country, as well as a stellar rebounder this season.
1. Kansas 27-5 (14-4)
2. Kansas State 26-6 (14-4)
3. Oklahoma State 24-7 (13-5)
4. Iowa State 22-10 (11-7)
5. Oklahoma 20-11 (11-7)
6. Baylor 18-14 (9-9)
7. Texas 16-17 (7-11)
8. West Virginia 13-19 (6-12)
9. Texas Tech 11-20 (3-15)
10. TCU 11-21 (2-16)
The perfect blend of defense and throw made them win the match neglecting the little faults. It was a commendable team spirit.