Heading Down Backstretch; Positioning For Postseason Play In Big 12 Basketball

I got the Sooners in this game. 12 – 2 was the tally last year for the Sooners. Never has there been a more interesting match up between two 0-2 teams. In fact, it’s happened in all but two of the Big 12 Tournaments.

Winning the first two games 12-7 and 15-14, Northwestern salvaged the final game at home Sunday, winning 11-3 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. The 11-3 win by the Wildcats also ended in five innings.

Next week Oklahoma takes on undefeated Missouri, with their sights set on the No. 1 position in the nation. They are currently in a dogfight with Oregon, Boise State, TCU and Auburn for the prized spot.

The Vanderbilt Commodores were snuffed at home by Alabama this past Saturday, earning them a jump to #4. A trip to play Vandy usually results in a side-trip to one of Nashville’s better music establishments and provides much needed ‘down-time.’ The SEC won’t ever bounce Vandy out of the league for not being serious because everyone needs a break now and then. Besides, Hawaii is already in a conference. Up next for Vanderbilt is a home game against Ole Miss. Miss this one and Vandy is solidly entrenched in Futility’s worst five.

Following the Hawkeyes’ nine-run fourth inning, the home team posted a three-spot in the fifth to cut the deficit to 11-7. Iowa used an RBI single by Massey in the sixth to make the score 12-7, before the junior starter closed out the victory.

On the flip side, Iowa State basketball said goodbye to three quality seniors. The Cyclones will bring in some talented players but nothing has been done on the court for any of them. Iowa has more stability with guys who have been there before. Iowa State basketball probably has more talent but lacks in proving they are capable of living up to the expectations.

Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 171-59, dating back to 1908. KU holds an 88-15 advantage in games played in Lawrence, including a 47-9 record versus Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have defeated the Cyclones seven-straight times in Allen Fieldhouse since 2006. Iowa State is one of only seven teams to have won in Allen Fieldhouse during the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04. The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 63-61 on Feb. 19, 2005. Since the inception of the Big 12, Kansas is 26-8 against Iowa State with a 24-8 record in regular-season play and a 2-0 mark in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

The Cyclones will go from competitive to challenging the tope teams in the league. With star talent like Brackins and Gilstrap it will be up to the guards to be more consistent. The backcourt doesn’t have to be flashy. They just need to be solid for this team to take the next step up in the standings.

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