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Big 12 Saturday Schedule

With just over a week left in the regular season, there are lots of must wins on the conference tilt today. Texas and Kansas are both locks for the NCAA tournament, but the rest of the conference is a mess. Kansas State will likely get to 10 wins and also be NCAA bound. Baylor, A&M, OU, and even OSU and Nebraska still have post-season hopes.

Nebraska (17-9, 6-7) at Oklahoma State (15-12, 6-7) 12:45 pm ESPN Full Court
The ‘Pokes have won five of their last six but must win again today to keep the train heading toward the post-season. Meanwhile, Nebraska is also a hot team having won their last three. Winner of this one remains in the discussion but probably not for long. Loser is done. Prediction: OSU because this one’s in Stillwater.

Texas A&M (21-7, 7-6) at Oklahoma (18-10, 6-7) 1 pm ESPN
The Aggies needed to win two of their last four. They took the first step on Wednesday by easily handling Tech. But will they be able to get that final W and finish 8-8 in conference? I’m not so sure. The Sooners were embarrassed in Lincoln to fall below .500 in conference. OU also must finish with at least eight conference wins to have any shot at the NCAAs. They is a must win for Jeff Capel’s club. Prediction: OU

Texas (24-4, 11-2) at Texas Tech (15-12, 6-7) 3 pm CBS
Preview below. ‘Horns look to stay atop the conference. Pat Knight looks to accomplish something his father rarely could: beating Texas. Prediction: Texas in a close one.

Missouri (15-13, 5-8) at Baylor (19-8, 7-6) 3 pm ESPN Full Court
The Bears could be tied for third place in the conference by the end of the day. Two more conference wins and a winning conference record will send Baylor dancing. Prediction: Baylor stays on track for #4 seed in Big 12 tourney.

Iowa State (14-14, 4-9) at Colorado (10-17, 2-11) 5 pm ESPN Classic
This is the final home game for CU and also their final chance to get a win this season. Prediction: Iowa State.

Kansas State (18-9, 8-5) at Kansas (25-3, 10-3) 8 pm ESPN
It wasn’t so long ago that the Wildcats were 7-1 in conference and on track for a conference title. Since then, they’ve lost four of their last five and without a single strong non-conference victory are firmly on the bubble. Even if they lose tonight, two wins next week will put them back in the lock category. For KU to have any shot of catching the Longhorns, this is a must win. Prediction: Kansas gets revenge.