Sooners pick up critical win. Oklahoma's 68-56 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater last night tightened the Sooners' grip on an NCAA tournament berth as they move to 20-10 overall, 8-7 in conference play. For Oklahoma State, they're now far outside looking in, needing a win Saturday over Texas and at least two wins in the Big 12 tournament to have a chance. Byron Eaton was bound to return to being a pumpkin at some point, anyway.
Baylor flops. The other team with a chance to lock up their tournament status failed last night, as Texas A&M picked up a must-win at the Ferrell Center, 71-57.
A record crowd was on hand for the game, which got testy towards the end, especially after Donald Sloane's showboating dunk with just seconds remaining. The 12th Manchild has video of the jam, as well as postgame commentary. The DMN's college blog has a ton of good coverage of the bottle throwing Baylor students, as well.
(This is as good a time as any to note that The 12th Manchild is relaunched under a team of new writers. Stop by and give 'em a warm welcome.)
And the Frannie goes to... ESPN.com's Fran Fraschilla hands out his Big 12 awards ($) for the season:
F Michael Beasley, Kansas State
F Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
G Brandon Rush, Kansas
G Curtis Jerrells, Baylor
G D.J. Augustin, Texas
C Aleks Maric, Nebraska
F Darrell Arthur, Kansas
F Damion James, Texas
G A.J. Abrams, Texas
G Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes. (Speaking of which, Rick Barnes is a finalist for national coach of the year, as awarded by the US Basketball Writers Association.)
Quick Hits. Is your knowledge of past Texas recruiting years encyclopedic? If so, you might enjoy this article... Billy Disch, Burt Hooper, and Greg Swindell elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame... A&M's athletic director is as dumb as you'd imagine... An absolute must-read Big 12 stat piece from SMQ.