Thursday, March 12, 2009

Backtime Bracket Watch: Can the Big XII get VII ???

The Backtime editorial department is locked in on the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday. Will we see some of the same historic stuff we did Wednesday?

Just don't turn the set off too early.

Baylor vs Kansas – 12:30 PM

You would think this would be the one to get your “Honey, do” list in. It’s a good gamble, but remember Baylor was ranked for 5 weeks this season. They’ve got 3 seniors who are closing out prolific careers and, at 18-13 they’re very much on the fence for the NIT. If the Bears repeat the form they showed whacking Nebraska in the 1st Round, this game could be as good as any of the day.

Texas vs Kansas State – 3 PM

This is the key game, and it’s what will have K-State coach Frank Martin more fired up than ever (I know it seems impossible). It looks like the strong late-season runs of Texas A&M and Oklahoma State have now made roll call for Selection Sunday.

But what of the Wildcats? No Michael Beasley. No Bill Walker. No Bob Huggins. All they’ve done is win road games at Texas and at A&M, while taking out Missouri at home, claiming 10 of the last 13. A second win over Texas with a semifinal date will serve more notice to the committee.

Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma – 7 PM

Bedlam, Part III – Oklahoma City edition. This will be a hot building.

Texas Tech vs Missouri – 9:30 PM

I had Texas A&M penciled in here. Especially with a 21-point 2nd Half lead. But that was before Red Raider Soph Mike Singletary (not that Mike Singletary) exploded for the most unexpected, ridonculous performance in Big 12 history with 43 points, including 35 in the last 13 minutes.

Will A&M lose their hold on a tournament bid? Yesterday’s news. Today is Coach Anderson’s pressure defense against Coach Knight’s motion offense (not that Coach Knight). And we’ll see how far the Big 12’s Cinderella can go.

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