Inside the Big 12 – 02/18/04

The CU story has eclipsed all else in the news this past week, but there's plenty more to talk about in the Big 12. Iowa State's point guard earned conference player of the week honors after posting a pair of double-doubles for the Cyclones, while leading his team to its first win in more than two weeks. We'll also break down the past week's conference news and notes, and check out our filed reports from every campus in the Big 12. We also list this week's schedule with times, dates, and TV.

Iowa State's Vroman earns player of the week honors

Iowa State's Jackson Vroman was named Big 12 Player of the Week in the conference meeting Monday after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds in two games for the Cyclones last week.

In his team's 90-59 loss at Kansas State last week, Vroman remained his team's sole bright spot, tallying his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The classic point guard followed that outing with a monster game in the 78-77 win against Texas, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. The victory was ISU's second over a nationally-ranked team this season as the Cyclones defeated Kansas 68-61 on Jan. 31. Against UT, Vroman also tallied a game-high three steals and was 9-for-12 (75.0 percent) from the floor against to mark his sixth game this season where he shot 75% from the field with at least eight shot attempts.

The award was the first won by Vroman, or any other Iowa State player for that matter, on the season.

Big 12 News and Notes

Down the Stretch

With six games left, Big 12 teams are jockeying for tournament seeds and postseason consideration. As a reminder the top five seeds for the conference tournament will receive a bye. Currently one game separates No. 4 through No. 8 in the standings and two if you stretch to No. 9.

Add Texas' James Thomas to the List

Last week we told you that Missouri senior Arthur Johnson was one of three Big 12 players to record 1,000 career rebounds. Texas senior James Thomas should also be added to the list of 1,000 career rebounders. Thomas has 1,018 career rebounds and is 10 shy from becoming UT's all-time leader.

Big 12 Freshmen Flexing

Four Big 12 conference freshmen are averaging more than 10 points per game this season. Iowa State guard Curtis Stinson leads the freshmen class at 15.2 ppg followed by Oklahoma's Drew Lavender (11.4), Texas' P.J. Tucker (11.4), and Texas Tech's Jarrius Jackson (10.5).

Big 12 Weekly Campus Reports

Freshman Carl Marshall is shooting 60% (9-of-15) on three-pointers over his last five games for the Bears. Marshall has three double figure scoring games this season with two in the last three games: 14 vs. Texas A&M and 10 at Oklahoma State.

Senior Blair Wilson continues to add to his school record of 239 three-pointers, a mark that ranks him fifth in conference history. Wilson's attempts rank him fifth as well. In the steals category, Wilson has cracked the Top 10 at CU with 113 and ranks eighth in career games played (111).

Iowa State…
Freshman Curtis Stinson (15.2 ppg) is trying to become the third Cyclone to lead their team in scoring as a freshman (Ray Wehde, 1943; Marcus Fizer, 1998). Stinson is averaging 9.8 points in the second half of 10 conference games.

The Jayhawks have held 72 straight opponents under 100 points. KU has held 78 of its last 81 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field, including 20 of 21 foes this season. Nebraska snapped that string by shooting 56.3 percent in their game Sunday.

Kansas State…
After averaging 60.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting, including 33.3 percent from three-point range, in the first six Big 12 games, the Wildcats have averaged 80 points in their last four games on 50.4 percent shooting, including 48.9 percent from beyond the arc. Senior Tim Ellis has been particularly impressive during this four-game span, averaging 19.8 points - over six points higher than his season average of 13.7 points - on 68.2 percent shooting, including 57.1 percent from three-point range. Ellis is first in the Big 12 in field goal percentage among non-paint players at 54.3 percent shooting.

The UNLV contest marked only the second time in school history the Tigers have played a non-conference game in the month of February. The other was Feb. 3, 2002 against Virginia.

In the 74-55 win against Kansas on Sunday Nebraska defeated a nationally ranked team for the fourth time in coach Barry Collier's tenure, including one in each of the past three years. The victory was NU's first win over top 15 team since Feb. 22, 1997, when NU defeated No. 7 Iowa State in Ames, 74-69.

The Sooners are 57-for-132 (.432) from three-point range in their last six wins and have made at least eight treys in each of those victories (averaging 9.5 makes during those wins).

Oklahoma State…
In the last nine games (OSU's current winning streak), State star John Lucas is shooting 56 percent (56-of-100) from the floor, and 56.5 percent (26-of-46) from beyond the three-point arc.

Ten Longhorns are averaging at least five points per game, while 11 Texas players are averaging at least 13.8 minutes per game this season. In addition, 11 different TU players have reached double-figure scoring during a game this season.

Texas A&M…
Nick Anderson had 11 points with five rebounds against OU after going scoreless against Nebraska earlier in the week. Anderson has scored in double figures in four of his last five games. He now has 797 career points and 436 career rebounds.

Texas Tech…
Junior Devon Giles has scored in double figures his last thee games including a career high 17 points versus Kansas State last Saturday. Giles surpassed his 16 points against Georgia Tech in the Preseason NIT championship game on Nov. 28.

This Week in the Big 12

Saturday, February 21

Missouri at Baylor, ESPN+, 12:30 p.m.
Iowa State at Kansas, ESPN+, 3 p.m.
Texas A&M at Texas Tech, ESPN+, 3 p.m.
Colorado at Kansas State, 6 p.m.
Nebraska at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m.
Texas at Oklahoma, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Monday, February 23

Kansas at Texas, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24

Oklahoma State at Missouri, ESPN+, 7 p.m.
Texas Tech at Nebraska, 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25

Baylor at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.
Kansas State at Iowa State, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma at Colorado, 8 p.m.

CU in the Big 12

## Team                  G  Blocks  Avg/G
 1.COLORADO............ 21     128   6.10
 2.Iowa State.......... 21     116   5.52
 3.Kansas.............. 21     113   5.38


## Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
 1.COLORADO............ 21   570  27.14
 2.Kansas.............. 21   553  26.33
   Kansas State........ 21   553  26.33
 4.Texas............... 21   539  25.67


## Player-Team               Cl  G   FG  3FG   FT  Pts Avg/G
 1.Emmett, Andre-TT......... SR 24  193   11  126  523  21.8
 2.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 20  108   45   70  331  16.5
 3.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 20  117    2   92  328  16.4
 4.HARRISON, David-CU....... JR 21  126    0   92  344  16.4
 5.MORANDAIS, Michel-CU..... SR 21  111   38   75  335  16.0


## Player-Team               Cl  G  OFF  DEF  TOT Avg/G
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 20   76  123  199   9.9
 2.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 21   74  132  206   9.8
 3.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 20   63  125  188   9.4
 4.HARRIS, Lamar-CU......... SR 21   46  134  180   8.6
 5.HARRISON, David-CU....... JR 21   68  110  178   8.5


FIELD GOAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G    FG   FGA   Pct
 1.HARRISON, David-CU....... JR 21   126   203  .621
 2.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 21    94   162  .580
 3.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 20   113   195  .579
 4.Bryant, Travon-MU........ SR 21    88   154  .571
   HARRIS, Lamar-CU......... SR 21    64   112  .571


## Player-Team               Cl  G  3FG  Avg/G
 1.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 21   58   2.76
 2.WILSON, Blair-CU......... SR 21   57   2.71
 3.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 20   45   2.25
 4.Lucas,John-OS............ JR 22   46   2.09
 5.Taylor, Kenny-UT......... JR 21   43   2.05


## Player-Team               Cl  G Blocks  Avg/G
 1.Homan, Jared-IS.......... JR 20     61   3.05
 2.HARRISON, David-CU....... JR 21     55   2.62
 3.Padgett, David-KU........ FR 19     36   1.89
 4.Giles, Devonne-TT........ JR 24     42   1.75
 5.Johnson, Arthur-MU....... SR 21     36   1.71


## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 20   76   3.80
 2.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 21   76   3.62
 3.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 21   74   3.52
 4.HARRISON, David-CU....... JR 21   68   3.24
 5.Kleiza, Linas-MU......... FR 16   51   3.19


## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
 1.HARRIS, Lamar-CU......... SR 21  134   6.38
 2.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 21  132   6.29
 3.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 20  125   6.25
 4.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 20  123   6.15
 5.Kleiza, Linas-MU......... FR 16   84   5.25

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