The 2013 Big 12 Basketball Tournamentgot under way Wednesday in Kansas City. The 9 seed Texas Tech out lasted the 8 seed West Virginia 71-69, ending a frustrating season for Coach Bob Huggins. In the late game, 7 seed Texas did what it needed to advance by taking 10 seed TCU 70-57.
The OU/ ISU (11:30 a.m.) and the OSU/ BU (8:30 p.m.) games were previewed here. Now that the other match-ups have been solidified, let’s take a look at those games for today.
Texas Tech ( 3-15) vs. Kansas (14-4, 26-5), 2:00 p.m.
There is no reason to think the Red Raiders can beat the Kansas Jayhawks, unless Kansas comes out and plays like they did at TCU and at Baylor. Kansas beat Tech by a combined 51 points in their two previous meetings, including a 37-point drubbing in Lawrence less than two weeks ago. If Tech comes out raining 3-pointers as they did against the Mountaineers in round one (8-12), maybe they can keep the game close and apply some pressure late. Look for KU to end up the victor but it won’t be as easy as it was in Lawrence.
Texas (7-11, 16-16) vs. Kansas State (14-4, 25-6), 6 p.m.
Texas is certainly entered the tournament the most likely of the teams that played on Wednesday to make a run. They are a young, talented team with their star, Myck Kabongo, back. Unfortunately, they do have to get by the Kansas State Wildcats to make that run. While Texas is certainly a better team with Kabongo than without, KSU just has too many weapons and they have been playing extremely well together over the past two months. This game has a chance to be close but the Wildcats should win by double digits. Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez will just be too much for the Longhorns.
Today should be a more exciting day than yesterday as all teams get to take the floor. It has been a wild season thus far. What upsets today will surprise us. Stay tuned…