No. 6 Baylor bounces back in Big 12, now to surprising TCU

Baylor guard Jake Lindsey (3) moves the ball around the perimeter as Texas head coach Shaka Smart watches Kerwin Roach Jr. (12) defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Some things to watch this week in the Big 12:

GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 6 Baylor (17-1, 5-1 Big 12) at surprising TCU (14-4, 3-3). The Bears have won both games since falling last week at West Virginia in their first-ever contest as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. While the Frogs are coming off a 75-69 loss at Texas Tech, they have already surpassed last season’s win total under first-year head coach and former TCU guard Jamie Dixon.

LOOKING AHEAD: A brutal stretch continues for Texas (7-11, 1-5), which goes to No. 2 Kansas (17-1, 6-0) on Saturday after consecutive losses to No. 7 West Virginia and No. 6 Baylor. Kansas State lost both games last week after getting into the Top 25 for the first time this season, but had a season-high 96 points to beat Oklahoma State. The Wildcats host West Virginia (15-3, 4-2), which is coming off a surprising overtime loss at home to Oklahoma (8-9, 2-4). The Sooners go home to play Iowa State (11-6, 3-3). Oklahoma State, the only Big 12 team without a conference victory, goes to Texas Tech in a matchup of first-year Big 12 head coaches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Baylor’s Johnathan Motley became the seventh Big 12 player since the league started play 20 years ago with a 30-point, 20-rebound game. Motley had 32 points and 20 rebounds against Texas on Tuesday. … Motley’s 12 career double-doubles are the most among active Big 12 players. … Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech all have identical records – 14-4 overall, 3-3 in Big 12 play. Iowa State (11-6) is also 3-3 in league games. … Of the 30 league games so far, 23 (77 percent) have been decided by 10 points or less.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Oklahoma State junior Jeffrey Carroll matched a career high with 24 points Wednesday against Kansas State. It was his fourth 20-point effort in five games, and eighth this season. Among active Big 12 players, his teammate Phil Forte has the most career 20-point games. Forte’s 22 are seven more than Iowa State’s Monte Morris.

ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Second-ranked Baylor and 12th-ranked Texas both are 7-0 in conference play. Each has five more games to play before they go head-to-head Feb. 6 in Waco, and then will meet in Austin two weeks after that. … No. 22 Kansas State carries a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s game at Iowa State, which has lost four in a row. The Cyclones are coming off a season-low 42 points in a 26-point loss at Baylor.

Complied by AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins in Waco, Texas.

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