Saturday marked the start of conference play for Big 12 basketball and among the schools making an opening day statement were the Texas Tech Red Raiders. A long-time stepping stool for teams trying to get to the top of the conference standings, the Red Raiders are looking to be the ones putting Big 12 schools under their feet in 2016. The Texas learned that first hand in Lubbock. Less than a month after upsetting then #3 North Carolina, the Longhorns became Texas Tech's tenth consecutive victim. Senior guard Devaugntah Williams dropped 23 points (thanks to a 13-for-13) performance from the charity stripe) and grabbed three rebounds, to go with his three steals, in leading the Red Raiders to am 82-74 victory over their instate rivals. Tech is now 11-1 on the season.
#23 Baylor 74 - #2 Kansas 102 | Wayne Seldon Jr. scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished 4 assists as the Jayhawks punished Baylor and solidified themselves as the highest ranked Big 12 team. Four of the five Kansas starters scored in double figures.
#11 Iowa State 83 - #3 Oklahoma 87 | Senior forward Ryan Spangler recorded a double-double, with 20 points and 12 rebounds, to help the Sooners remain undefeated on the season. At 12-0, Oklahoma is the Big 12's only unbeaten team.
#19 West Virginia 87 - Kansas State 83 | The Mountaineers were the only Big 12 team to win on the road over the weekend. They were powered by 25 points and 7 rebounds from Jaysean Paige. West Virginia beat Kansas State 43-35 on the boards.
TCU 48 - Oklahoma State 69 | Jeff Newberry was two rebounds shy of a double-double (23 points/8 rebounds) for the Cowboys and the Horned Frogs seem firmly entrenched at the bottom of the conference standings.
|BIG 12 STANDINGS||CONFERENCE||OVERALL|
|#19 West Virginia||1-0||--||1.000||12-1||.923||W5|
|#11 Iowa State||0-1||1||.000||11-2||.846||L1|