Inside The Big 12 – 02/11/04

An OSU junior took home Player of the Week honors, but a lot more than that happened in the Big 12 this past week. We warp it up with news, notes, and extensive campus reports from every school in the conference. Plus, we'll let you know what to expect this week for CU and others, along with a quick rundown of how the Buffs stack up statistically in one of college hoops' toughest conferences.

OSU's Lucas earns weekly men's honor

Oklahoma State junior John Lucas, who averaged 24 points in two road victories last week for the Cowboys, was named men's Big 12 Player of the Week in the weekly conference meeting Monday.

Lucas shot 63.6 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from three point range last week, and is 12th in the conference with a 13.8 scoring average and leads the conference in assist to turnover ratio at 3.39. In OSU's 91-79 win at Texas A&M last Tuesday, Lucas tied his career high with 27 points after 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, 4-of-6 from three-point range, and 9-of-10 from the line. He also had eight of his 10 turnovers this week in the win, all without turning the ball over once.

Lucas has now won the award twice this season and is averaging 14.2 points per game for 18-2 Oklahoma State.

Conference Notes

-There seems to be a special significance for teams owning a 6-2 or better at the halfway mark of a Big 12 season. Every Big 12 champion has gone at least 6-2 or better at the halfway mark of that league race. Last year four teams – Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas – were 6-2 or better at the halfway mark, and each of them finished in the top four positions in the conference.

- Eight Big 12 teams have had first round byes in the seven-year history of the Big 12 Conference tournament. Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas have each taken the first day of the conference postseason tournament off at one point or another. This season the top five seeds will receive a bye since Baylor withdrew from postseason play.

- Oklahoma State was the only road team in the Big 12 to post a win this past weekend; the Cowboys' fourth conference win of the season away from Stillwater.

Campus Report

Senior Matt Sayman has recorded at least five games with eight assists this season, and is averaging just over eight points in 34.3 minutes per game for the Bears.

Blair Wilson continues to add onto his ever-expanding list of school records, which now include all time three-pointers (236), games without fouling out (110) and consecutive minutes played without fouling out (2,918).

Iowa State…
Last Saturday Oklahoma State shot 63 percent (34-54) from the field against the Cyclones, marking just the second time this season an opponent has shot 50 percent or above against ISU (Colorado shot 53.2 percent).

KU is holding its opponents to 37.5 percent shooting from the field - the lowest mark since the Kansas defense limited the opposition to 36.4 percent from the field in 1958-59. On the other side of the ball, the Jayhawks are the only team in the conference with two players (Keith Langford and Wayne Simien) among the top six in the Big 12 in scoring.

Kansas State
Kansas State has now lost 15 consecutive road games including all seven they've played in this season. The team has also dropped 20 consecutive in-conference games away from Manhatten dating back to a 72-67 win at Colorado on March 3, 2001.

Junior Jason Conley scored 12 points and pulled down nine boards for Mizzou at Nebraska. The 12-point effort is his best scoring output since his school debut when he dropped a career-best 19 points.

Senior forward Andrew Drevo added a career-high four steals against Missouri, as NU had at least eight steals for the eighth time this season. Drevo is second on the team with 22 steals this year, and ranks second on the squad in scoring (10.6 per game), rebounding (4.3 per game), three-pointers (25), assists (41) and blocks (15).

Forward Kevin Bookout underwent successful shoulder surgery last Thursday. The sophomore will be out the remainder of the season. He was averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds this season.

Oklahoma State…
The Cowboys are currently shooting 52.3 percent from the field, which would rank as the second-best mark in school history.

Senior center James Thomas became the second player in school history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Thomas has registered 1,084 points and 1,004 rebounds in 120 career games at Texas. Only LaSalle Thompson (1980-82) has posted better numbers; 1,463 points and 1,027 rebounds in his UT career.

Texas A&M…
Senior Andy Slocum leads the league in rebounding with 11.5 per game and could challenge the record of 11.9 set by Texas Tech's Tony Battie in 1997.

Texas Tech…
Tech's five losses this season have been by an average of 9.4 points, and three Red Raiders losses have been by four points or less.

This Week in the Big 12

Saturday, February 14
Oklahoma at Texas A&M, ESPN+, 12:30 p.m.
Texas at Iowa State, ESPN+, 3 p.m.
Baylor at Oklahoma State, ESPN+, 3 p.m.
Kansas State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 15
Kansas at Nebraska, ABC, 12:30 p.m.
UNLV at Missouri, ABC, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18
Texas Tech at Colorado, ESPN, 6 p.m.
Baylor at Kansas, 7 p.m.
Iowa State at Missouri, 7 p.m.
Kansas State at Nebraska, 7:05 p.m.
Texas A&M at Texas, 8 p.m.

<b>CU in the Big 12</b>


## Team                  G  Blocks  Avg/G
 <b>1.Colorado..........21     128   6.10</b>
 2.Iowa State.......... 19     111   5.84
 3.Kansas.............. 20     108   5.40


## Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
 <b>1.Colorado..........21   570  27.14</b>
 2.Kansas.............. 20   538  26.90
 3.Kansas State........ 19   506  26.63


## Player-Team               Cl  G   FG  3FG   FT  Pts Avg/G
 1.Emmett, Andre-TT......... SR 22  176   10  113  475  21.6
 2.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 19  102   43   68  315  16.6
 <b>3.Harrison, David-CU.....JR 21  126    0   92  344  16.4</b>
 4.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 19  110    1   90  311  16.4
 5.Allen,Tony-OS............ SR 20  117   13   79  326  16.3
 <b>6.Morandais, Michel-CU...SR 21  111   38   75  335  16.0</b>


## Player-Team               Cl  G  OFF  DEF  TOT Avg/G
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 18   64  115  179   9.9
 2.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 19   65  123  188   9.9
 3.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 19   55  121  176   9.3
 <b>4.Harris, Lamar-CU.......SR 21   46  134  180   8.6</b>
 <b>5.Harrison, David-CU.....JR 21   68  110  178   8.5</b>


FIELD GOAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G    FG   FGA   Pct
 <b>1.Harrison, David-CU.....JR 21   126   203  .621</b>
 2.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 20    89   151  .589
 <b>3.Harris, Lamar-CU.......SR 21    64   112  .571</b>


## Player-Team               Cl  G  3FG  Avg/G
 1.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 19   52   2.74
 <b>2.Wilson, Blair-CU.......SR 21   57   2.71</b>
 3.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 19   43   2.26


## Player-Team               Cl  G Blocks  Avg/G
 1.Homan, Jared-IS.......... JR 18     58   3.22
 <b>2.Harrison, David-CU.....JR 21     55   2.62</b>
 3.Padgett, David-KU........ FR 18     34   1.89


## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
 1.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 19  123   6.47
 2.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 18  115   6.39
 <b>3.Harris, Lamar-CU.......SR 21  134   6.38</b>

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