Two games, one a blowout, the other a great overtime contest. Another fun night in the Big 12.
Texas 81 Texas A&M 60
Texas made a total statement last night, and left little doubt as to which team is the second best in the conference. They established themselves inside early, going to Tristan Thompson again and again. They also did a ton of damage at the foul line, at one point drawing six fouls in a 45 second span. That string of fouls, none of which were really questionable, led Mark Turgeon to get a technical foul.
While the technical will get credit for sparking the only real A&M run of the night, that really didn’t have anything to do with it. Khris Middleton simply had a brief stretch of solid basketball. A&M made it interesting for a moment or two, but then Texas went nuts again.
If the first half was a story of inside dominance, the second half was the story of Jordan Hamilton. He was coming off screens and nailing threes, spinning out of the post to hit fade-away jumpers, and was able to play great defense as well. He finished with a game high 27 points, and added eight rebounds as well.
Texas being at home had very little to do with the large margin of victory. The Longhorns simply dominated all night, and the Aggies had no answer. We’ve figured out now that A&M has trouble defending post moves, and haven’t stopped a big man all week. They don’t have the big men capable of defending without fouling, which is a double dose of bad news when the other team’s big men can hit their free throws.
It doesn’t slow down for Texas, who visit Kansas on Saturday. TAM hosts reeling Kansas State.
Oklahoma State 96 Iowa State 87
Poor Iowa State, they fight hard, but they just don’t have the depth to play an overtime game. This game was tied at halftime, and at the end of regulation. Playing just seven guys, Iowa State had to ride their five starters for at least 34 minutes each. Diante Garrett played every minute of the game, and finished with a team high 25 points.
It wasn’t enough in overtime though, Oklahoma State sixth man turned starter, JP Olukemi scored 29 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had four steals, and two blocks. He was no doubt the player of the game, and sparked the final run in overtime with a steal that led to a dunk. Keiton Page tied the game in regulation with a three, sending the game to overtime, he scored 19. Marshall Moses added 18 and 10.
I feel badly for the Cyclones, but give the Cowboys credit for finishing off a team they should have at home.
Iowa State travels to Missouri on Saturday. The Cowboys travel to Waco to face Baylor.