With each passing week the college basketball season is getting better and better. We're now getting deep into conference play and most teams only have three games over the next week and a half. There's no more time for making a late run (unless you're Kansas State) and barring a few upsets it's looking like Texas is going to top Kansas in the Big 12 standings. But, as they say, that's why you play the games.
Here's what's on tap for the college basketball weekend:
Missouri (22-6, 8-5) vs. Kansas State (19-9, 7-6): Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
I'm glad this is a big game. Mizzou is 22-6 on the season and 8-5 in the Big 12 while Kansas State is 19-9 on the season and 7-6 in the Big 12. So, despite Kansas State falling into oblivion earlier this year, they could actually fight their way back into fourth place and, depending on Texas A&M, possibly even third place in the conference.This one is hard to predict because you don't know what you're going to get from Kansas State. Will Jacob Pullen blow up again? Will K-State play in Bramlage like they did a couple weeks ago against Kansas? Will Mizzou lose another conference road game? My early prediction in this game would lean to K-State. I believe in momentum and, even though Mizzou's won four in a row, I think K-State has more momentum right now.
Kansas (26-2, 11-2) vs. Oklahoma (12-15, 4-9): Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
I've got a couple of questions about this game: Will Tyshawn Taylor play? How much will Kansas win by? That's all I care about at this point because I don't expect Oklahoma can hang with KU, even in Norman. Kansas doesn't really have down games so I wouldn't be worried, Jayhawks. As for Taylor, he was suspended last week and Bill Self hinted that he was unlikely to play Saturday against Oklahoma. That means Elijah Johnson and Josh Selby will get their names called again.
Texas (24-4, 12-1) vs. Colorado (17-11, 6-7): Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
I don't expect Texas to lose this game but we've seen what Colorado has done to some folks who come into Boulder -- beat Mizzou, beat Oklahoma State, four-point loss to Kansas, three-point OT loss to Texas A&M and beat Kansas State. This isn't a team you take likely in their own building. Texas has a one game lead on KU in the Big 12 standings. I'm not ready to predict an upset but I will predict this is a tight game.
Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4) vs. Baylor (17-10, 6-7): Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
A&M holds the third spot in the Big 12 standings and could help solidify that with a win here. Baylor's a tough team but A&M should beat them. You just get worried at times with a team with so much talent like LaceDarius Dunn and Perry Jones III.
For more on this game, check out I Am The 12th Man.