The four-day roller coaster of Iowa State show that the 12 biggest could be of the party

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Typically, the country's No. 20 team Losing a league game on the road, as Iowa State did at Baylor on Tuesday night, would not be good news, but in the previous 75 hours, the Cyclones had emerged as a kind of university basketball computer team.time in Kansas, defending champion, at 5 pm Saturday and then the next day news that the Jayhawks Center Udoka Azubuike would miss the rest of the season because of a ligament torn by hand. Naturally, the forces of the information cycle converged, with Kansas down and Iowa State up, as the two days of discussion that resulted could have given the impression that the Cyclones were the new favorites of the Big 12. "data-reactid =" 16 "> Typically the country's No. 20 team losing a league game on the road, as did the Iowa State at Baylor on Tuesday night, did not did not score much as news, they first beat Kansas on Saturday, 14-time defending champion, before revealing the day after the Jayhawks' center, Udoka Azubuike, would miss the rest of the season due to A ligament torn by hand, converging, with Kansas down and Iowa State up, the two days of discussion that resulted could have given the impression that the Cyclones were the new favorites of Big 12.

In a telephone interview Monday afternoon, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm seemed well aware of the magnitude of the time spent at the summit of the conference. Asked about the two days following the victory over the Jayhawks, the fourth-year coach said, "Busy, adding," It was a good win on Saturday, but we're now going to leave in two hours to go play Baylor. . And it does not stop. And the following night, this mistrust was justified, while the Cyclones had fallen to a team of 8 to 5 Bears expected by many of us to finish at the back of the Big 12.

This episode recalled the limits of a strong reaction to recent results, but was also a valuable illustration of how one wondered if, after years of doubt, someone might have a chance to break the series of championship titles of the regular season in Kansas (now at 14). , the Big 12 race seems open, and his glove is ruthless enough so that we can see the title of favorite being even more shaky.

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Bear in mind that the same evening, Iowa State was in freefall at Waco, Texas Tech (No. 8) maintained its home position against the 23rd Oklahoma, while the 23 points and 13 rebounds Culver's Jarrett indicated that he could be the best player in the league and the type of scorer that can provide the country's best defense team with what it needs at the other end. And to the credit of the Sooners, they pushed a top-10 team on the road, even without getting a match of the star guard Christian James, which bodes well for their chances against the rest of the league, especially when these best teams must face the trip to Norman.

Meanwhile, TCU is approaching 12-1, having opened its Big 12 slate by beating the Baylor team, which Iowa State has not done yet. Kansas is far from being considered a failure: the best thing to do is perhaps still to think that Bill Self will find a way to create a small-ball version of this team in the long run, although the weakened shooters of Jayhawks do not need it. to start shooting down a few more shots for this to take off. And as Baylor showed on Tuesday, the rest of the league is more than likely to be disrupted: Texas won against North Carolina and Purdue but was beaten by Oklahoma State; Dean Wade, wounded throughout the conference, is approaching the date of his return to Kansas State; and as the recent three-point Red Raider escape from West Virginia shows, no visit to Morgantown is easy.

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For the moment, it seems that the Red Raiders could be at the forefront. But if the chauvinism of expectations and extrapolations of the 75 hours between the last victories and defeats of Iowa State has taught us something, it is that there is still much to discover in the next 60 days.

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Tape m in five

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Top of the class

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The transfer to Missouri resulted in Ragin 'Cajuns' victory over Little Rock, scoring 45 points, 15 points for 21 on the field (including 4 for 5 out of 3) and making 11 free throws. He also took 11 boards, including six in attack.

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In three games over the past seven days, Carvacho (6 "11", 240 lbs) scored 28 points, 20 rebounds, four assists against UNLV, 23 points and 13 rebounds at Fresno State. points, nine tips and four assists against Air Force. He fired 74.4% of the field on this stretch.

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The Vikings playmaker scored a total of 60 points in games at Green Bay and Milwaukee last week, averaging 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals, though, unfortunately , for his team, Appleby's strong performance ended in defeats.

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Best of the best

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One to watch: TCU in Kansas, Wednesday at 21h. AND on ESPN2

The good news for the Jayhawks is that their first game since the discovery of Udoka Azubuike will not play the rest of the season (and the sixth without it), at home against a TCU team that has played only a real road match, a victory at SMU more than a month ago. The bad news is that the Horned Frogs did not feel like they had slipped so far in the season, they only lost once, and they excel at defending three – already a weak point for Kansas, who has struggled all season to shoot beyond Lagerald Vick. , who has only 7 for 29 out of three in the last four games himself. For the Jayhawks, this will be the first true step of the post – Doke era of this season; for TCU, this will be the opportunity to win by far its biggest victory to date. Phog should be alive.