Nov 24, 2022

Here is the latest Big 12 Conference sports news

Posted Nov 24, 2022 12:36 PM

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Justice Sueing scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help Ohio State hold off No. 21 Texas Tech for an 80-73 win in the fifth-place game in the Maui Invitational. Sueing scored 15 points in a row for the Buckeyes in the last 10 minutes to turn back Tech each time it threatened to make a run. Ohio State shot 52% from the field, made all 18 of its free throws and never trailed after the first two minutes. Texas Tech got a career-high 21 points from Daniel Batcho and 19 from Kevin Obanor.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — First-year guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas beat North Carolina State 80-74 in the Battle 4 Atlantis opener. It gave coach Bill Self a successful return to the bench after a four-game suspension. Dick had 18 points on six 3-pointers in the first half before going 1 for 8 from the field after halftime. Kansas led 39-31 at halftime but had to grind this one out to the final minutes. Casey Morsell scored 21 points to lead the Wolfpack, while Terquavion Smith added 19 points.

WACO, Texas (AP) — True freshman Keyonte George scored 17 points, Adam Flagler added 13 with nine assists and seventh-ranked Baylor pulled away from McNeese State for a 89-60 victory. LJ Cryer had 16 points for the 5-1 Bears. The Bears had 30 assists on their 34 made field goals. Dale Bonner had 12 assists with seven points. Langston Love scored 11 points. Jonathan Massie and Zach Scott each had 12 points for 2-4 McNeese State.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fourth-ranked TCU and Iowa State are on the opposite ends of the Big 12 standings. The Horned Frogs just keep winning close games, and are still in position to make the four-team College Football Playoff. The last-place Cyclones on Saturday wrap up their first losing season since coach Matt Campbell's debut in 2016. They are coming off their sixth Big 12 loss by a touchdown or less. But they could play big spoilers in their final game. The Cyclones have won three in a row against TCU and Iowa native quarterback Max Duggan.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Steve Sarkisian says he was realistic with his 24th-ranked Texas Longhorns about how they can still get into the Big 12 championship game. Dave Aranda says he got philosophical with his Baylor team. The two Texas teams face each other in Friday's regular-season finale. The 6-5 Bears are coming of a crushing last-play loss to the league's undefeated playoff contender. The 7-4 Longhorns first to beat Baylor for a chance to get to the Big 12 title game and then wait until Saturday night to see if Kansas can beat 15th-ranked Kansas State.

UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma visits Texas Tech in the regular-season finale for a pair of first-time college head coaches who can clinch winning seasons. It's been a disappointing year for Brent Venables and the Sooners. The perennial Big 12 champs were ranked as high as sixth before fading to also-rans in the Big 12. Lifelong Texan Joey McGuire can clinch a winning season in his debut with the Red Raiders. They didn't have nearly the expectations of the Sooners. Both teams are eligible for bowls.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Changes are afoot in the Big 12, even before Oklahoma and Texas depart for the Southeastern Conference. Fourth-ranked TCU has replaced the Sooners as the Big 12 team in the running for a College Football Playoff spot. The Horned Frogs already are in the conference title game heading into their regular-season finale against Iowa State. No. 15 Kansas State is a surprise contender for the other spot in the title game. The Wildcats would get in if No. 24 Texas loses to Baylor on Friday. If Texas wins, Kansas State would need to beat Kansas on Saturday night to qualify.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — College basketball's early season tournaments are proving more valuable than ever for teams trying to forge an identity with multiple transfers. The transfer portal has led to more roster turnover and upheaval each year. Holiday tournaments like this week's Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas take on more value as teams need competitive games to figure out their rotations and chemistry with new additions. North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts says there's more value for that growth in games than in practices. Kansas coach Bill Self says it takes longer to build cohesion than many understand with freshmen and transfers.