All12 Courtside: Battle of the Big 12’s best highlights Saturday slate

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The road to the top of the college basketball rankings, as well as control of the Big 12, heads through Waco this weekend. The top-ranked Baylor Bears will welcome the Kansas Jayhawks to the Ferrell Center on Saturday, with College Gameday in the house.

All12 Courtside’s Mandy Knight reports that the Bears aren’t shying away from the perennial front-running Jayhawks, pointing out that they’re the team setting records this season, achieving a Big 12 record for consecutive wins earlier this week against Oklahoma.

The Jayhawks have taken care of business since the early conference loss to the Bears, and discuss lessons learned in the defeat as they seek revenge and a tie at the top of the Big 12 standings.

That’s not the only big matchup this weekend, with Bedlam in Stillwater between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Sooners suddenly find themselves in need of a win against a Cowboys squad that’s finally experienced some success in conference play.

All12 correspondents also check in from around the conference where West Virginia tinkered with a different lineup, Texas Tech shifted into “must win” mode early, and a frustrating season for Kansas State boiled over in a blowup between Coach Bruce Weber and Cartier Diarra.

Brian Brinkley reports that the Oklahoma State Cowboys finally experienced some success in Big 12 play, avenging a 35-point loss to Texas Tech with a win at home over the Red Raiders. They were unable to extend a two-game winning streak, getting demolished in the second half at West Virginia. Next up, it’s Bedlam in Stillwater against archrival Oklahoma.

In Norman, life doesn’t get any easier for the Sooners after back-to-back losses to the class of the conference, dropping consecutive games to Kansas and Baylor. Following a rivalry matchup on the road Saturday against OSU, they host Texas Tech on Tuesday night, then play West Virginia. OU currently sits on the 8/9 line according to ESPN bracketology, but will need to return to winning ways to keep from slipping into bubble territory

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