Inside The Big 12 – March 9, 2004

In our final installment of our weekly look across the Big 12, we prep you for the upcoming conference tournament in Dallas. Check out our school-by-school look at what each team is doing to prepare for the postseason. Also, see what conference honors were bestowed upon CU's <b>David Harrison</b> and <b>Lamar Harris</b> by the writers who cover the conference.

News

Cowboys end regular season with win against A&M, Big 12 title

Oklahoma State started its home finale off slowly against Texas A&M, but got it together and ran away with a 70-41 victory and the Big 12 title.

The Aggies (7-20, 0-16) took their only lead of the game with a 3-pointer from Nick Anderson in the first minute of the game.

The Cowboys (24-3, 14-2) scored four points in the first five minutes, but finished the half with a 30-16 lead.

K-State stuns No. 10 Texas

Defense and rebounds were the keys Saturday as Kansas State upset No. 10 Texas, 58-48.

On Senior Day, the Wildcats stifled the high-scoring Longhorns with their 2-3 zone defense and out-rebounded Texas 42-32 to pull off the upset.

K-State (14-13, 6-10), despite scoring only 17 first-half points and shooting 19 percent from the floor, came out on fire in the second half, shooting 67 percent and scoring 41 points.

Big 12 Specialty Teams in Men's Basketball for 2003-04

The 2003-04 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball specialty teams were chosen by area sportswriters who cover league programs. Here's how CU fared:

All-Defense (tie in voting) David Harrison, Colorado

All-Underrated Lamar Harris, Colorado

KU's Simien earns weekly Big 12 honor

Kansas junior Wayne Simien has played a key role in KU's three-game winning streak. Last week the forward averaged 22 points and is the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Simien opened the week scoring 22 points on 9-16 shooting in the 78-67 win against Nebraska. The Leavenworth, Kan., forward also had three assists, two blocked shots, and one steal against the Huskers. Simien then scored 22 points in the 84-82 victory at Missouri to close out the regular season. He went 8-for-15 from the field in the game and pulled down seven rebounds. Simien earns the award for the second time this season with the other on Dec. 1. He won the honor in a split vote over Missouri senior Arthur Johnson who averaged 31.5 points including a conference-high 37 against Kansas last Sunday.

Tournament Preview

The Eighth Big 12 Conference Tournament American Airlines Center – Dallas

Thursday, March 11

Game 1 - #9 Kansas State vs. #8 Iowa State, 2 p.m.
Game 2 - #10 Nebraska vs. #7 Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
Game 3 - #11 Texas A&M vs. #6 Missouri, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 12

Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Oklahoma State, Noon
Game 5 - #5 Texas Tech vs. #4 Colorado, 2:20 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Texas, 6 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 3 vs. #3 Kansas, 8:20 p.m.

Saturday, March 13

Game 8 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 1 p.m. Game 9 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7, 3:20 p.m.

Sunday, March 14

Game 10 - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 2 p.m.

Games 1-2 and 4-9 are on Big 12 syndicated ESPN Regional package. Game 3 is on ESPN2. Games 8-9 are on ESPN2 (outer Big 12 syndicated market). Game 10 is on ESPN.

Campus Reports

Baylor
Last Saturday was the final collegiate game for seniors R.T. Guinn, Matt Sayman and Terrance Thomas. Sayman played in 118 straight game of career (new BU record). Guinn owns the third-best career three-point shooting percentage in Baylor history (39.2%).

Colorado…
Colorado's 10 conference wins (and no worse than a tie for fourth place) are the most since CU's winning 11 back in 1996-97. It's the second best record and finish in league play since the Big 12 formed for the 1996-97 season, the year the Buffs had its best record of 11-5.

Iowa State…
Jackson Vroman scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half at Tech. Vroman registered a career-high five steals in the game, and is 30-for-48 from the field (62.5 percent) and averaging 17.4 points in his last four games.

Kansas…
With its win at Missouri Sunday, Kansas has now won 20 games or more for the 15th straight season. Finishing the conference season at 12-4 the Jayhawks have posted 12 conference wins for the fourth consecutive season.

Kansas State…
Kansas State went 2-0 last week with a 64-62 win at Baylor and 58-48 victory over No. 10 Texas at home. The wins snapped a season-long three-game losing streak and gave the Wildcats back-to-back wins for the first time since December.

Missouri…
Mizzou men's and women's basketball will begin play in the new arena next season. The $75 million project is currently under construction south of the Hearnes Center. The arena will be complete on October 1, 2004.

Nebraska…
Senior forward Brian Conklin is on pace to shatter the Big 12 Conference and Nebraska school records for three-point field-goal percentage by hitting 56.8 percent (54-of-95) from beyond the arc this season, including 61.7 percent (37-of-60) in league-only games. Only one player in league history (Kirk Hinrich, Kansas; 50.5 percent, 2000-01) has topped 50 percent beyond the arc for a whole season.

Oklahoma…
The Sooners committed nine turnovers against Baylor (two in the second half) for their fourth single-digit turnover game in the last six outings (they are averaging 9.7 over those six).

Oklahoma State…
Last Saturday's game against the Aggies was the 800th in Gallagher-Iba Arena history. OSU is 621-179 (77.6 percent) in the 66 seasons that GIA has been the home of the Cowboys.

Texas…
Texas holds a 28-26 (.519) all-time record in league tournament games, including a 7-7 (.538) mark in the seven-year history of the Big 12 Tournament. Seven of UT's previous 14 games in the Big 12 tourney have been decided by six points or less. The Horns have reached at least the semifinal round in five of their first seven appearances in the Big 12 Tournament, including four of their first five trips under Rick Barnes.

Texas A&M…
Twelve of A&M's 16 league games were within five points at halftime, with A&M leading five times.

Texas Tech…
With the Red Raider record at 21-9, Bob Knight teams have won 20-or-more games in 27 seasons during his career.

CU in the Big 12

REBOUNDING OFFENSE
## Team                  G   Reb Avg/G
--------------------------------------
 1.Texas............... 27  1128  41.8
 2.Kansas.............. 27  1054  39.0
 3.Colorado............ 27  1051  38.9

 

BLOCKED SHOTS
## Team                  G  Blocks  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------
 1.Colorado............ 27     164   6.07
 2.Kansas.............. 27     146   5.41
 3.Oklahoma............ 27     140   5.19

 

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS
## Team                  G   No.  Avg/G
---------------------------------------
 1.Colorado............ 27   716  26.52
 2.Kansas.............. 27   711  26.33
 3.Kansas State........ 27   686  25.41

 

SCORING
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FG  3FG   FT  Pts Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------------
 1.Emmett, Andre-TT......... SR 30  230   12  152  624  20.8
 2.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 26  167    2  121  457  17.6
 3.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 27  173    0  117  463  17.1
 4.Morandais, Michel-CU..... SR 27  145   55   99  444  16.4
 5.Allen,Tony-OS............ SR 27  158   17  103  436  16.1

 

REBOUNDING
## Player-Team               Cl  G  OFF  DEF  TOT Avg/G
-------------------------------------------------------
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 26  101  152  253   9.7
 2.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 26   80  155  235   9.0
 3.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 27   88  154  242   9.0
 4.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 27   98  139  237   8.8
 5.Harris, Lamar-CU......... SR 27   66  166  232   8.6

 

FIELD GOAL PCT (Min. 3.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G    FG   FGA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 27   173   277  .625
 2.McFarlin,Ivan-OS......... SR 27   132   232  .569
 3.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 26   151   266  .568
 4.Graham,Joey-OS........... JR 27   122   216  .565
 5.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 27   118   211  .559

 

FREE THROW PCT (Min. 2.0 made per game)
## Player-Team               Cl  G   FTM   FTA   Pct
----------------------------------------------------
 1.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 27    60    64  .938
 2.Lucas,John-OS............ JR 27    64    72  .889
 3.Johnson, Nate-NU......... SR 26    90   104  .865
 4.Morandais, Michel-CU..... SR 27    99   115  .861
 5.McKinney, Jimmy-MU....... SO 27    74    87  .851

 

3-POINT FG MADE
## Player-Team               Cl  G  3FG  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Wilson, Blair-CU......... SR 27   71   2.63
 2.Sullivan, Jake-IS........ SR 27   69   2.56
 3.Lucas,John-OS............ JR 27   60   2.22
   Giddens, J.R.-KU......... FR 27   60   2.22
 5.Thomas, Terrance-BU...... SR 26   54   2.08

 

BLOCKED SHOTS
## Player-Team               Cl  G Blocks  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------
 1.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 27     76   2.81
 2.Homan, Jared-IS.......... JR 26     67   2.58
 3.Johnson, Arthur-MU....... SR 27     47   1.74
 4.Giles, Devonne-TT........ JR 30     48   1.60
   Padgett, David-KU........ FR 25     40   1.60

 

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS
## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 26  101   3.88
 2.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 27   98   3.63
 3.Tucker, P.J.-UT.......... FR 27   91   3.37
 4.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 27   88   3.26
 5.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 26   80   3.08

 

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS
## Player-Team               Cl  G  No.  Avg/G
----------------------------------------------
 1.Harris, Lamar-CU......... SR 27  166   6.15
 2.Simien, Wayne-KU......... JR 26  155   5.96
 3.Vroman, Jackson-IS....... SR 26  152   5.85
 4.Slocum, Andy-AM.......... SR 27  154   5.70
 5.Harrison, David-CU....... JR 27  139   5.15

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