Previewing the week that was and the week to come in college basketball:
Best game: Kansas 87, Missouri 86 (OT). Not only was this the best game of the week, it might have been the best game of the season considering what was on the line. The Jayhawks trailed by 19 points early in the second half but rallied behind Thomas Robinson’s magnificent 28-point, 12-rebound effort. Not only did the victory put Kansas on track to claim its eighth consecutive Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but it also gave Jayhawks fans permanent bragging rights over their arch rivals. With Missouri headed to the SEC next season, this might be the last game these two ever play against each other — though if we’re lucky, they could stage a rubber match in the Big 12 tournament.
Biggest win: Iowa State 65, Kansas State 61. The Cyclones have been teetering on the bubble for several weeks, but despite their 10-5 record in the Big 12 they still lacked a signature road win. They got one in Little Manhattan, thanks to 29 points (on 5-for-5 3-point shooting) from senior guard Scott Christopherson. Since Iowa State ends the regular season at Missouri and then at home against Baylor, it won’t even have the opportunity to suffer a loss that could significantly harm its tournament hopes. (more…)