The Big 12 is coming off an impressive showing by winning 8 of the 12 games in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Now it is back to league play with two of the five Big 12 matchups featuring a pair of ranked showdowns with Kansas playing at Iowa State and first-place Texas heading to meeting Kansas State.
Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Christian are just a game behind Texas in the Big 12 standings. Something to consider for those who bet online: six of the 10 teams in the conference have losing records against the spread.
Kansas State is sixth in the coaches’ poll followed by Kansas at No. 8, Texas at No. 9, and 11th-ranked Baylor while Iowa State and TCU come in at 13th and 16th. In the Associated Press, it is Kansas State at No. 7, Kansas is eighth, Texas and Baylor are 10th and 11th followed by No. 13 Iowa State and No. 15 TCU.
Kansas (+140) remains the favorite in the odds to win the Big 12 title followed by Texas (+190< Kansas State (+500), Iowa State (+600), TCU (+600) and Baylor (+700).
According to the college basketball odds, Kansas (+1400) is tied for fourth in the odds to win the national title. Texas, Baylor, and TCU are all priced at +2500 and Iowa State is at +3300 while Kansas State comes in at +4000.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s games in the Big 12 with some odds and betting information to consider.
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Game of the Week
Texas vs Kansas State
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
This could have been a showdown for sole possession of first place in the Big 12 if not for the Wildcats’ loss to Kansas earlier in the week.
When the teams met on Jan. 3, Kansas State won a wild affair 116-103. It was the sixth straight game in the series to go over the total.
Texas (18-4, 7-2) bounced back from a loss at Tennessee by getting 21 points off the bench from Sir’Jabari Rice. He is a major reason why the Longhorns have averaged 34.3 bench points over the last three contests.
JABARI RICE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN 🤘 pic.twitter.com/7eZqi5xcQm
— Texas Men’s Basketball (@TexasMBB) January 31, 2023
Kansas State (18-4, 6-3) looks to bounce back from a physical affair against rival Kansas in a game featuring 47 fouls and 71 free throws. Markquis Nowell is averaging 20.5 points over the last four games.
The Wildcats are 16-6 against the college basketball betting lines, the best mark in the Big 12 as well as the top number among teams from the Power-5 conferences.
Rest of Saturday’s schedule
Kansas vs Iowa State
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 4, Noon ET (ESPN)
Kansas made a statement with a 90-78 win over Kansas State on Tuesday with Jalen Wilson recording his fifth straight 20-point game. He is averaging 26.6 points and 7.4 rebounds over those five games for the Jayhawks (18-4, 6-4), one of two Big 12 teams with a winning road record. According to the sportsbook, Wilson (+700) is second only behind Purdue’s Zach Edey in the odds to win the national player of the year award.
Iowa State (15-6, 6-3) is 11-0 at home and looks to bounce back from a three-point overtime loss to Texas Tech.
Caleb Grill led the way with 24 points after he had a total of five points in the previous two games.
Kansas is going after its eighth win in a row against Iowa State. The last three matchups were decided by single digits including a two-point Jayhawks’ win on Jan. 14.
Texas Tech vs Baylor
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Texas Tech (12-10, 1-8) is coming off back-to-back wins over LSU and nationally-ranked Iowa State. Kevin Obanor averaged 23 points in those two games. He had 24 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime win over the Cyclones as the Red Raiders went to the foul line 37 times.
Baylor (16-6, 5-4) had its six-game winning streak snapped with a five-point loss at Texas.
Freshman Keyonte George is looking for his shot after going 18 of 61 from the field over the last four contests. L.J. Cryer has been doing much of the heavy lifting with 61 points and 10 3-pointers in the last three games.
After the Red Raiders completed a rare season sweep of Baylor, the Bears won 81-74 on the road on Jan. 17 as George had 27 points.
Texas Christian vs Oklahoma State
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. (Big 12 Now)
TCU is 3-1 over its last four games with the only loss coming in overtime.
Mike Miles was limited to four minutes in loss to Mississippi State and didn’t play against West Virginia on Tuesday. Jakobe Coles came off the bench to score 17 points in a four-point win for the Horned Frogs (17-5, 6-3).
Oklahoma State (13-9, 4-5) survived sending rival Oklahoma to the foul line 33 times in a 10-point win on Wednesday to win for the fourth time in the last five games.
TCU has won five of the last seven games and has covered in each of the last four meetings.
Oklahoma vs West Virginia
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
This is the only Big 12 showdown on Saturday not featuring at least one ranked team.
Oklahoma (12-10, 2-7) couldn’t follow up an eye-opening 24-point win over then No. 2 ranked Alabama as the Sooners were 5 of 22 from 3-point range in a loss at home to Oklahoma State. Having two starters held without a field goal was too much to overcome.
West Virginia (13-9, 2-7) has struggled on the road, but is 9-3 at home. The Sooners have just one win on the road.
The well-traveled Erik Stevenson is West Virginia’s top scorer after stops at Wichita State, Washington, and South Carolina.
He is averaging 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists over the last three games. He has helped West Virginia have 14 games go over the total, more than any other Big 12 squad.
Oklahoma has won seven in a row against West Virginia with three of those wins coming in Morgantown. Two of the last four minutes have been one-point affairs and that includes the Sooners’ 77-76 win on Jan. 14.