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Basketball: Men And Women Going In Two Different Directions

Last' night's Baylor story that goes like this.

A team comes to town to play you in a basketball game you need to win. They turn the ball over 21 times. They pound you to the point you get 34 free throws.

You respond by:

  • having your star guy who's trying to become a first round pick in the NBA go 6 of 18 in field goals.
  • you make 61.8 percent of your free throws (21 for 34).
  • you hit 38.2 percent of your field goals, your lowest total so far this season (21 for 55).
  • your second highest scorer goes 2 for 7 from the field and 1 for 5 from the line.
  • losing at home, 72-70.

We are now in sole position of last place in the Big 12. This is not a place we expected to be given that big win over Oregon earlier in the season. Next up, road games at Lawrence and Columbia, meaning that we'll start 0-5 in conference.

It's too early in the season to right these guys off completelyy, but clearly the buzz is gone from that win over Oregon a few weeks ago. It'd take a miracle them them to make the NCAA tourney, so the best we can hope for now is NIT.

Good news again from the women!

The Husker women's basketball team continues to perform well, beating Iowa State in Ames 82-72 yesterday, where they hadn't won since 1997. They moved to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12, good enough for fourth place behind three undefeated team -Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Baylor.

Perhaps as impressive as the win is that the Huskers played 10 players for at least 10 minutes apiece. Out of those 10, only two players didn't score. That's what you call contributing to the team.

Up next for the women are the Texas A&M Aggies at Devaney on Wednesday, then down to sixth-ranked Baylor next Saturday.