Weekend look ahead – February 26

We’ll have full previews of the most interesting games coming up later. What else is happening Saturday? Predicted winners in bold.

No. 3 Kansas (26-2, 11-2) at Oklahoma (12-15, 4-9) – 3 p.m. ESPN

Kansas should have no trouble in Norman. The Jayhawks pass and shoot far too well for the Sooners, who have lost six straight, to hang around very long. OU hasn’t shown us it can hang with the top tier teams of the league. The regular season for KU ends with Senior Day against Texas A&M and then a road game at rival Missouri. Those two could be tough. At 12-15, it’ll be tough for Oklahoma to qualify for any postseason tournament after they’re finished at the Sprint Center.

Texas Tech (12-16, 4-9) at Oklahoma State (16-11, 4-9)

The Cowboys are the ones with something to gain. At 16-11, an NCAA berth is essentially impossible. The team’s conference record is the same as Texas Tech’s even though Oklahoma State should be a better team. I expect OSU to win, and the Cowboys probably need to win to avoid 11th place in the conference.

No. 5 Texas (24-4, 12-1) at Colorado (17-11, 6-7)

A road win would put the Longhorns a step away from the conference title. Colorado has trapped some good teams at home, beating Missouri and nearly beating Kansas. Texas has won this year with superior athleticism to almost all of its opponents, but Colorado has won some games with NBA talent, too. Keep Alec Burks in check, and that should be enough. Despite the Nebraska loss, Texas is rolling.

Nebraska (18-9, 6-7) at Iowa State (14-14, 1-12)

“Hilton Magic” isn’t strong enough when Iowa State faces this much of a talent disparity against league competition. It’s critically important for Nebraska to win this game. The Huskers have winnable games at home against Missouri and on the road at Colorado. Compared to some teams on the bubble, 21 wins with a winning league record might be enough for an NCAA invite.

No. 21 Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4) at Baylor (17-10, 6-7) – 8 p.m. ESPNU

FULL PREVIEW TOMORROW

No. 20 Missouri (22-6, 8-5) at Kansas State (19-9, 7-6) – 11 a.m. ESPN

FULL PREVIEW TOMORROW

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