Inside The Big 12 – March 2, 2004

We know that Oklahoma State earned at least a share of the Big 12 Conference Title with their 76-67 victory over Texas Monday, but what else is going on in the toughest conference in college hoops? Who's on the bubble? Who's season is all but over? We break down the past week's action, as well as what to look for in the last full week of Big 12 Conference play in our weekly feature.

Big 12 News

Mizzou's Paulding named Big 12 Player of the Week

Missouri senior Ricky Paulding had an amazing week while leading the Tigers to wins over Oklahoma State and at Kansas State, achievements honored by the Big 12 as conference Player of the Week Monday.

The Detroit native averaged 24 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per contest during play last week. In the 93-92 double overtime win against Oklahoma State, Paulding scored a game-high 31 points, knocking down 9-of-17 from the field, 5-of-6 three point attempts and hit 8-of-10 free throws against the Cowboys. He also pulled down six rebounds and played 45 of a possible 50 minutes in the contest.

Paulding was also phenomenal in the second half of the Tigers' win over Kansas State. After starting 0-2 from the field and scoring no points in the first half, Paulding scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting including 4-of-6 shooting from three in the final period. He also pulled down three rebounds and handed out a game-high eight assists on the day.

Paulding ranks ninth on the Mizzou scoring charts with 1,618 points. He has led Mizzou in scoring in 10 games this year.

Big 12 Notes

The Road to Postseason Play

Since the inception of the Big 12 conference in 1996-97, every team which went 7-9 or better in the conference season has advanced to postseason play. Texas Tech went 10-6 in '97, yet withdrew itself from postseason consideration due to the use of ineligible players. Breaking it down even further, Big 12 conference NCAA Tournament qualifiers have finished 9-7 or better in the league race. The lowest conference record of a Big 12 team to advance was Iowa State last season which went 5-11 and participated in the NIT. Texas Tech last year and Baylor in 2001 each went 6-10 and participated in the NIT as well.

Historic Big 12 Postseason Posturing

The Big 12 has had an average of seven teams advance to postseason play in the last four years. Nine different Big 12 teams have advanced to the postseason since 2000. Meanwhile, the conference has sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four events (since 2000). In that span the league has had four Final Four participants and eight teams advance to the regional finals. There have been 16 schools that have participated in each of the last five NCAA Tournaments. Five of the 16 are Big 12 schools – Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas. The other schools are Duke, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Stanford, Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Gonzaga.

Big 12 Campus Reports

Senior Terrance Thomas scored 22 points against OSU and surpassed 500 for his career. He has scored 10 or more points in 21 of 23 games this season. Meanwhile, Junior Harvey Thomas has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 16 games.

David Harrison scored a pair of 21-point games this week with 23 rebounds throughout (11.5 per game) and eight blocks (4 per game). Harrison improved his school career best .595 from the field and has cracked the top-10 in school rebounding (674).

Iowa State…
Freshman Curtis Stinson registered four steals against Nebraska to tie his career high. Stinson, who ranks fourth in the league in steals with 1.72 per game, has 43 swipes on the season, which ties for second on the ISU freshman steal list with Julius Michalik.

Kansas has won 26 straight home games against Big 12 teams heading into its season home finale against Nebraska on Wednesday.

Kansas State…
Kansas State's freshmen continue to make progress as they end their first seasons as Wildcats. Forward Cartier Martin averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24 minutes per game in two games this past week. Martin scored nine points and a career-tying five rebounds in his first career conference start against Iowa State last Wednesday before scoring seven with five rebounds against Missouri. Forward Tyler Hughes turned in career day against the Tigers, posting a career-high six points, two rebounds and two blocks in 10 minutes of action. The six points were more than his entire total for the season.

At Kansas State last week the Tigers dominated the second half, shooting 64.0 percent (16-of-25) from the field, 83.3 percent from the free throw line and 64.3 percent (9-of-15) from three. Mizzou outscored KSU, 51-34 in the half on their way to victory.

The Huskers are on pace to set the school record, hitting 39.4 percent from three-point range. The current NU record is 38.3 percent set in 2001.

Despite the fact that Oklahoma lost three starting guards from last year's team, the Sooners' top four scorers this season are all members of the backcourt. Jason Detrick paces the squad with 11.7 points per game and is followed by Drew Lavender (11.3), De'Angelo Alexander (10.0) and Lawrence McKenzie (8.5). OU's guards have scored 1,153 of its 1,677 points, or 69 percent. Against Texas last weekend, Sooner guards scored 54 of the team's 63 points (86 percent).

Oklahoma State…
With Oklahoma State's 72-65 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon, Coach Eddie Sutton tied the legendary Phog Allen for ninth place on the all time career coaching victories list with 746.

Against Texas Tech, Longhorn senior Royal Ivey reached double digits in scoring (11 points) for the first time since he had 14 points vs. Oklahoma State on Jan. 24 (a span of nine games).

Texas A&M
Against Colorado senior Kevin Turner scored a career-high 21 points. Turner tied his career best with five three-pointers (eight attempts), also making five shots earlier this year against UTSA and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Turner has made 39-of-98 three-pointers this season (.433) and is challenging the school record of .427 shared by Tracey Anderson (1996-97) and Lynn Suber (1989-90).

Texas Tech…
Freshman guard Jarrius Jackson is averaging 14.7 points in his last three games. Jackson is hitting 57 percent (17-for-30) from the field in that span which includes 4-for-8 from three-point range.

This Week

Wednesday, March 3

Nebraska at Kansas, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Iowa State, 7 p.m.
Missouri at Texas Tech, ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.
Kansas State at Baylor, 7 p.m.
Texas A&M at Oklahoma, ESPN+, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

Baylor at Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m.
Texas A&M at Oklahoma State, ESPN+, 12:30 p.m.
Nebraska at Colorado, ESPN+, 3 p.m.
Iowa State at Texas Tech, Big 12 Wildcard
Texas at Kansas State, Big 12 Wildcard

Sunday, March 7

Kansas at Missouri, CBS, 1 p.m.

CU in the Big 12

## Team                  G   Reb Avg/G
 1.Texas............... 26  1096  42.2
 2.Kansas.............. 25   978  39.1
 3.Colorado............ 25   972  38.9


## Team                  G  Blocks  Avg/G
 1.Colorado............ 25     152   6.08
 2.Kansas.............. 25     138   5.52
 3.Oklahoma............ 25     134   5.36


## Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
 1.Colorado............ 25   664  26.56
 2.Kansas.............. 25   659  26.36
 3.Kansas State........ 25   631  25.24


## Player-Team               Cl  G   FG  3FG   FT  Pts Avg/G
 1.Emmett, Andre-TT......... SR 28  218   12  139  587  21.0
 2.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 24  150    2  111  413  17.2
 3.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 25  156    0  111  423  16.9
 4.Allen,Tony-OS............ SR 26  153   17  103  426  16.4
 5.Langford, Keith-KU....... JR 25  146   31   84  407  16.3
 6.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 24  130   52   78  390  16.2
 7.Morandais, Michel-CU..... SR 25  132   46   94  404  16.2


## Player-Team               Cl  G  OFF  DEF  TOT Avg/G
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 24   99  142  241  10.0
 2.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 25   83  150  233   9.3
 3.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 24   77  146  223   9.3
 4.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 25   90  131  221   8.8
 5.Harris, Lamar-CU......... SR 25   59  153  212   8.5


FIELD GOAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G    FG   FGA   Pct
 1.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 25   156   254  .614
 2.McFarlin,Ivan-OS......... SR 26   132   230  .574
 3.Bryant, Travon-MU........ SR 25   104   184  .565
 4.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 24   137   243  .564
 5.Graham,Joey-OS........... JR 26   118   211  .559
   Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 26   118   211  .559


FREE THROW PCT (Min. 2.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FTM   FTA   Pct
 1.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 25    60    64  .938
 2.Lucas,John-OS............ JR 26    64    72  .889
 3.Johnson, Nate-NU......... SR 24    85    97  .876
 4.Morandais, Michel-CU..... SR 25    94   110  .855
 5.McKinney, Jimmy-MU....... SO 25    68    80  .850


## Player-Team               Cl  G  3FG  Avg/G
 1.Wilson, Blair-CU......... SR 25   67   2.68
 2.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 25   66   2.64
 3.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 24   52   2.17


## Player-Team               Cl  G Blocks  Avg/G
 1.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 25     71   2.84
 2.Homan, Jared-IS.......... JR 24     65   2.71
 3.Johnson, Arthur-MU....... SR 25     44   1.76


## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 24   99   4.12
 2.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 25   90   3.60
 3.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 26   91   3.50

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