Some things stayed the same this week in Big XII college hoops.
Like the Big XII continued to hold strong in the national rankings with five teams in the AP Top 25: Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Texas. Baylor is still in the No. 1 slot and OU still continued to show strength in playing ranked teams.
Yes, it was another great week in NCAA basketball.
Oklahoma is garnering votes (122 this week) for the AP Top 25 poll, but still hasn’t achieved rank status yet. The Sooners held their own against No. 1 Baylor in Waco on Tuesday, Jan. 4, only trailing by five points, 72-77, in the final minute. The Bears roared at the free throw line in the last 40 seconds, by making 7 of 8 and securing the win, 84-74. OU had four players in the double digits: Tanner Groves, 13; Jalen Hill, 12; Umoja Gibson, 12; and Ethan Chargois, 10.
Gibson, the 6’1” senior guard from Waco, had a big game against No. 11 Iowa State, punching a little air out of the Cyclones with 20 points on Saturday, Jan. 8, in Norman. More than 8,000 people attended the Lloyd Noble Center to see the Sooners 79-66 win. It took a rally in the second half to seal the deal, but with scoring help from Groves (16); Elijah Harkless (13); and Hill (9) the Sooners defeated their third ranked team this season.
On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Texas hosted the Red River Showdown in Austin. Results weren’t available at press time. OU is 12-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Gallagher-Iba Arena was the scene of a Big XII basketball shootout between the Cowboys and the No. 14 Texas Longhorns. It was a big 64-51 win for an OSU team who has faced a few struggles this season. Keylan Boone came off the bench and put up 17 points to lead the Cowboys in scoring. Bryce Williams also scored in double digits with 11. Texas never once held the lead.
OSU is now 8-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference play. They traveled to Morgantown, W. Va., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, to face the Mountaineers and played in Lubbock on Thursday, Jan. 13, for a matchup with Texas Tech. The Cowboys’ third road game of the week will be in Waco on Saturday, Jan. 15, against No. 1 Baylor.
The Sooners held on to their No. 23 national ranking with an 82-68 win over Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 8. Taylor Robertson and Madi Williams both had big points on the Jayhawks’ home court. Robertson scored 24 and Williams added 20. Skylar Vann also scored in double figures with 16. The women are now 13-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play after losing 71-81 to No. 12 Iowa State on Wednesday, Jan. 5.
OU will host Baylor on Wed., Jan. 12. The Lady Bears are 10-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play. On Saturday, Jan. 15, the Sooners will host the TCU Horned Frogs.
It stayed close right to the end, but the Cowgirls hung on to the lead and finished with a 57-55 win over the Texas Tech Lady Raiders in Lubbock on Saturday, Jan. 8. OSU is now 6-6 overall and 1-2 in Big XII Conference play.
Lauren Fields led the Cowgirls in scoring with 19 points. Also in double digits was Lexy Keys with 17 points. OSU traveled to Fort Worth on Wednesday, Jan. 12, for a conference matchup with the TCU Horned Frogs. The Frogs are 4-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Results were not available at press time. On Saturday, Jan. 15, OSU will host Iowa State at 1 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.