Now, we’ve arrived at week 8 and this week finds the Texas A&M Aggies facing off with the Iowa State basketball. Oklahoma State is probably the only team that can play itself out of a tournament bid with a loss.
As an active college football fan, I have attended games at dozens of locations throughout the country. I compiled the high points and low points of my trips and put them into a series of articles for your viewing pleasure.
IT WOULD BE NICE IF OKLAHOMA COULD: Beat both Kansas and Missouri en route to the Big 12 title. Doing so would avenge two of OU’s three conference losses, and restore some faith in Oklahoma’s guard play.
Northwestern came all the way back to tie it at 12 when it plated five runs in the sixth inning. Iowa scored three runs in the seventh to regain the lead and then held off Northwestern in the seventh to win 15-14.
NEEDS TO: Beat Baylor. Nice things are going on with Doc Sadler’s program in Lincoln, and if the ‘Huskers hadn’t lost in overtime to Oklahoma State and at the last second to Texas A&M, they might be in the hunt for an NCAA bid (to be completely fair, losses to Maryland-Baltimore County, Iowa State basketball and Oregon State might have been difficult pills to swallow for the NCAA committee, no matter whom Nebraska beat). As it is, Nebraska is poised to make a serious NIT run and set themselves up for 2010. A loss to the Bears might be the difference between two home games in the NIT and traveling in the first or second rounds.
IT WOULD BE NICE IF TEXAS TECH COULD: Bring Mike Leach to Oklahoma City with them. He and Pat Knight have the makings of a comedy duo not seen since Andy Griffith and Don Knotts (Knight may be looking for a new career anyway, if he doesn’t turn things around in 2010).
Iowa State also shot the three-ball incredibly well last season, draining 275 (8.6 every game) of their shots from beyond the arc. That was sufficient to pace the conference and rank 13th around the country.
Iowa State should put up a fight against the Jayhawks, so fans should expect another grind-it-out game similar to Temple facing a tough scoring and rebounding team. Kansas needs to continue to improve defense to deny easy shots to keep ISU off rhythm with their high powered offense. While ISU leads the Big 12 in rebounded, Jeff Withey and company need to step up and control the boards to give Kansas second chance points and deny the same for Iowa State.