Not a ton going on tonight in the conference, though there will be some intrigue for me anytime Colorado plays this season. Two games, one that doesn’t matter at all, and the other with a surprising amount of importance.
Texas Tech at Oklahoma
Go ahead and just ignore this one, I sure will. At least we know that one of these teams will have a win in conference play this season. I think OU is slightly more capable than Tech, especially at home. I’ll give OU the edge in this one, putting Pat Knight in really hot water.
OU 70 Tech 61
Colorado at Nebraska
Colorado takes their show on the road, and to national TV. The co-leaders in the conference face a really tough Nebraska team that has been close in every game they’ve played in conference this season.
For Colorado the key will be getting Alec Burks’ shooting back on track. He’s had a bit of a rough go the last two games, though it hasn’t really hurt the team’s results. He still got 20 points against Oklahoma State, mostly on the foul line. Burks will be able to do whatever he wants on the floor again tonight, but another 4-13 effort could be a problem. Cory Higgins and Levi Knutson need to keep up their hot shooting, which shouldn’t be too hard since Burks will get them plenty of open looks.
For Nebraska, they just need to keep doing what they’ve been doing. Missouri and Kansas both had a lot of trouble beating them, despite the fact that the talent level isn’t comparable to either team. If they can force Burks to shoot outside, and resist the temptation to foul him when he drives to the lane, the Huskers will be in good shape. Higgins is a force to deal with as well, but he isn’t as capable of taking over a game the way Burks can.
I think the Buffaloes great run to start conference play ends tonight. The Huskers are at home, have a great defense capable of giving Burks a ton of problems, and will be able to do just enough on offense at the end. This promises to be one heck of a game though, probably the second best Big 12 game this week.
Nebraska 65 Colorado 61