Big 12 Morning Five: 02.07.12 EditionPosted by dnspewak on February 7th, 2012
- Now this is just cruel: Oklahoma State guard Keiton Page has a nasty shiner after taking a knee to the face from Baylor’s Quincy Miller. Funny story and no big deal — except for the fact that OSU has already a) lost three scholarship players to injury and transfer for the season and b) played against Baylor with Philip Jurick and Cezar Guerrero out. Jurick is sitting out with a foot injury, while Guerrero is indefinitely suspended. Travis Ford absolutely, positively cannot lose Page for any period of time, or else he may find himself running the point next week. The good news is that Page doesn’t sound like he’s injured at all. Hopefully for OSU, it stays that way.
- Missouri survived a nailbiter at Oklahoma on Monday night, an impressive feat considering the whirlwind weekend the Tigers experienced. Part of that may have to do with Frank Haith‘s decision to keep his team in a hotel after their game against Kansas on Saturday. As a basketball fan, it’s nice to know the Tigers were safe and comfortable in the friendly confines of a quiet hotel room. No trouble, no distractions. On the other hand, you’ve got to feel for them a little bit as a group of college students. Nights like those don’t come very often. Then again, neither do seasons like this, so Missouri’s players better savor every minute of it.
- You could call Kansas‘ weekend a whirlwind, too, after the Jayhawks blew a late lead at Mizzou Arena to lose the Border War Vol. I. But Bill Self’s not about to panic: “We’ve been here before,” Self said. The Jayhawks have shared or won the last seven Big 12 titles, so one road loss hardly makes or breaks their season. Now, it’s time for them to move on. “We’ve got to bounce back Wednesday,” point guard Tyshawn Taylor said. Somehow, we think KU will find a way to recover.
- Besides KU and MU, Baylor is the other team in the Big 12 race at this point. After that undefeated start, the Bears have actually fallen off the radar a little bit. Kansas asserted its dominance with a win in Lawrence, but BU has a chance to make a statement at home this Wednesday night. Scott Drew is saying all the right things: “Until someone beats them, definitely it is their league or has been their league,” he said. We’ll find out this week who’s league it is. Can Baylor hang with Kansas on Wednesday and Missouri on Saturday?
- Talk about having some guts. During the Kiss Cam at a Kansas State game this weekend, a guy proposed on camera to his girlfriend. This happens all the time at games, but this is particularly noteworthy because it happened on the Kiss Cam. With only a few seconds to make a move, this guy actually made it happen. Kudos. And she said yes. That’s more than this guy can say.