July 16, 2024
BUSSE: Ideas on a jumbled, sophisticated Large 12 the place Kansas is again in 
management of its future

Each crew within the Large 12 has a minimum of three losses in convention play following the outcomes of video games performed on Saturday. The convention is a jumbled cluster of actually good basketball groups and making an attempt to make sense of all of it is basically difficult.

We’ll attempt to make some sense of all of it with Alec Busse’s weekly Large 12 basketball ideas.

  1. Probably the most anticipated recreation of the weekend within the Large 12 was beforehand No. 4 Houston at No. 8 Kansas. However, like the opposite two top-10 matchups on Saturday, there wasn’t actually a lot of a doubt who the successful crew was going to be by the center of the primary half. Kansas shot slightly below 69 % from the ground within the recreation and was over 70 % from the sector within the victory. The Jayhawks entered the sport a betting underdog – does Vegas not know what occurs in Allen Fieldhouse? – however they solely briefly trailed on Saturday afternoon and if it wasn’t for an explosion from LJ Cryer, Kansas may need received by greater than 20 factors.
  2. Final week, I wrote the Large 12 title didn’t run by way of Lawrence, Kan. On the time, that was an correct assertion. However after one other week, Kansas is tied for first place together with Houston, and the Jayhawks have the head-to-head benefit over the Cougars. The 2 groups play once more on the final Saturday of the Large 12 season in Houston. The results of that recreation might decide the Large 12 champion this season.
  3. The emergence of Johnny Furphy is possibly the largest cause to be a Kansas believer. Furphy has risen to a major scoring choice in every of Kansas’ final six video games by scoring a minimum of 11 factors in every contest. He had 17 vs. Houston on Saturday and likewise contributed eight rebounds. He has given KU a fifth respectable participant within the beginning lineup. Now, does Kansas have sufficient depth? Time will proceed to inform, and so will highway video games the place Kansas has struggled this season.
  4. The loss doesn’t imply a lot if evaluating Houston, a minimum of in my view. The Allen Avalanche comes for everyone and the 1996 Chicago Bulls may not have received within the Phog on Saturday afternoon given how loud, rowdy and intense of an setting it seemed like on TV. Houston’s the top-ranked crew in Kenpom, and it’s strongly supported by their protection. Kansas simply made a ton of photographs and it was too troublesome for Houston to battle again.
  5. The opposite Large 12 recreation to characteristic two ranked groups did reside as much as the expectations and sure exceeded them. Baylor carried a 12-point lead into halftime, however a sequence in the course of the second half sparked an Iowa State comeback. Scott Drew – who was given a technical foul within the first half for stepping too far onto the courtroom – was given a second technical foul for stepping out of the coach’s field within the second half. After Drew was ejected, the Baylor bench obtained a technical foul of their very own. Speak about a significant swing for the Cyclones, who used the free throws as a part of a 20-0 second half run. Ultimately, Iowa State took a seven-point lead within the second half over the Bears.
  6. However Iowa State couldn’t maintain on within the last minutes. RayJ Dennis was clutch down the stretch with a giant 3-pointer for the Bears, however Jayden Nunn was the participant of the sport. Nunn completed with 16 factors, although he did battle on the free throw line, going simply 3-7 within the second half. His missed free throws almost led to a 40-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Milan Momcilovic with 1.2 seconds remaining within the recreation that will have been a Cyclone walk-off. However after evaluate, officers decided Momcilovic didn’t launch the shot shortly sufficient.
  7. After beginning Large 12 play 5-1 with wins over Texas, Oklahoma State, BYU and Oklahoma, Texas Tech has now misplaced back-to-back video games. The crimson Raiders fell 75-72 to Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon in Lubbock. Cincinnati guard Simas Lukosisus hit a go-ahead jumper for the Bearcats with lower than 25 seconds remaining to clinch the Bearcat victory. The jumper was a part of his 16 factors, which included 4 3-pointers. It was Lukosius’ finest Large 12 recreation since Jan. 20 when he scored 17 factors within the loss to Oklahoma.
  8. BYU went undefeated final week, recording a house win over Texas and an 86-73 highway win at West Virginia on Saturday. The Cougars are at .500 in Large 12 play and appear like they need to be able to stay there or get to 6-4 if they’ll win on the highway at Oklahoma on Tuesday earlier than a house recreation on Saturday vs. Kansas State. Within the win over WVU, 4 Cougars completed with a minimum of 12 factors, together with Richie Saunders, who got here off of the bench to attain 17 factors. Junior ahead Fousseyni Traore had 24 factors and 9 rebounds Saturday whereas going 10-15 from the ground to go with the deep capturing stockpile BYU carries to the ground every alternative.
  9. It is likely to be time to have a dialog about Oklahoma. The Sooners misplaced 74-63 at UCF on Saturday. The Knights have confirmed to be harmful at dwelling this season, the win over Kansas is a major instance. However Oklahoma was fairly ravenous for a win Saturday after dropping two of three coming into Saturday’s recreation. The Sooners, although, couldn’t get it finished and they’re now 4-5 in Large 12 play. Oklahoma is probably going nonetheless within the NCAA Event area, however their seed has fallen dramatically of late. Bart Torvik offers Oklahoma almost a 90 % probability to make the NCAA Event. However Oklahoma seems on observe to complete proper round .500 in league play following a 12-1 nonconference.
  10. College students at TCU got shirts with a Horns Down hand sign on a Saturday for the Horned Frogs’ dwelling recreation vs. Texas. However by the tip of the sport, the one factor taking place was TCU. Texas went on the highway and beat TCU 77-66 to enhance the Longhorns to 15-7 and 4-5 within the Large 12. Texas has now received three of 5 video games within the Large 12 and almost upset Houston in additional time every week in the past.
  11. Emanuel Miller scored 15 factors within the TCU loss, persevering with to show that he seems like a possible All-Large 12 candidate. Miller has scored in double figures in each recreation since a Christmas Eve win over Hawaii. Within the final 4 video games, Miller is averaging 17 factors a recreation. He simply wants some assist from the remainder of his Horned Frog teammates.
  12. After beginning Large 12 play 0-6, Oklahoma State is all of a sudden winners in two of their final three video games, together with a 75-72 win over Kansas State. The Cowboys noticed 4 starters end with a minimum of 10 factors, they usually obtained the win with their veteran guard Bryce Thompson lacking the sport due to an damage that may doubtless sideline him for an prolonged time frame.
  13. Okay-State has now misplaced 4 in a row relationship again to the Wildcats’ 4-1 begin in Large 12 play. Kansas State offensively is struggling a ton. They’re exterior of the highest 150 in offensive effectivity this season and are capturing simply over 31 % from the perimeter on the 12 months. Defensively, this crew is succesful. However offensively, they’ll go the primary 10 minutes on their dwelling ground scoring simply 4 factors towards Oklahoma.
  14. Okay-State is again on their dwelling ground on Monday evening towards Kansas. After getting final Monday off, Kansas makes their return to ESPN’s Large Monday broadcast this week. The setting can be rowdy within the Octagon of Doom, but when the 2 groups comply with their present development strains, it may not be very shut.

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