AMES, Iowa — No. 10 Kansas, No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 19 West Virginia all suffered setbacks on Saturday in their respective press to win this year’s Big 12 regular season title.
SHOCKING DEFEAT FOR KANSAS
Defending conference champion Kansas, which is hunting its 14th straight Big 12 regular-season title, was upset by Baylor, which controlled the final moments of the game en route to securing a 16-point, 80-64 victory over the Jayhawks.
Senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 19 points and six rebounds and classmate guard Manu Lecomte added 18 points and six assists to lead the way for Baylor (15-10, 5-7 Big 12), which won three in a row.
Nuni Omot ended with 17 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Jake Lindsey finished with 11 points for the Bears, who next plays at Texas on Monday night.
After Monday’s game, Baylor will next face Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State.
Devonte Graham scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the way for Kansas, while Malik Newman finished with 14 points and five assists off the bench for the Jayhawks (19-6, 8-4 Big 12), who have lost three of their last six.
WEST VIRGINIA FAILS TO CLOSE GAP
Also failing to get closer to the leaders in the conference title race was No. 19 West Virginia, which went down 88-85 at home to Oklahoma State.
Kendall Smith and Cameron McGriff each scored 20 points to lead the way for the Cowboys (15-10, 5-7 Big 12), who scored 52 second-half points.
McGriff, who went a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, also grabbed nine rebounds.
Jeffrey Carroll ended with 14 points and Lindy Waters and Mitchell Solomon both scored 10, with Water pulling down seven rebounds for Oklahoma State, which now owns highlighted wins against Kansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida State and Texas.
Jevon Carter scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting for West Virginia.
Esa Ahmad added 16 points for the Mountaineers (18-7, 7-5), who have lost six of the past nine.
OKLAHOMA COULDN’T TAKE CARE OF IOWA STATE
In the game involving Iowa State and No. 17 Oklahoma, freshman Lindell Wigginton scored 26 points, with five rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Cyclones in the upset victory.
Another freshman, Cam Lard had 19 points with 17 rebounds, while Donovan Jackson scored 19 points and Zoran Talley Jr. finished with 10 for Iowa State (13-11, 4-8 Big 12), which was beating a ranked team at home for the third time in three weeks.
Trae Young had 22 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals to pace Oklahoma on the road.
Christian James also scored 22 points to go along with nine rebounds for the Sooners (16-8, 6-6 Big 12), who were handed their sixth successive road loss.
Meanwhile, No. 7 Texas Tech, which currently holds a half-game advantage in the Big 12 standings, will seek to better that position when it travels to Kansas State in the later game.