There were no surprises around the Big 12 tonight.
(21) Kansas 89
Oral Roberts 63
Oklahoma State 90
Colorado is beating San Jose State 42-13 with two minutes to go in the half. Probably safe to close the book on that one.
NEW ORLEANS -- Wow, pretty crazy news about Mike Leach. Should be interesting to see how that situation plays out. You can follow the story as we update it here.
Anyway, on to the Lady Raiders.
Fresh off their holiday break, the Lady Raiders are about two hours away from their first of two games at the Tulane DoubleTree Classic. They will play the winner of Long Island University and Tulane.
NEW ORLEANS -- Now that the Lady Raiders dispatched the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (albeit with some hiccups along the way), they can turn their attention to Tulane.
The Green Wave beat Long Island 82-59 in the early game Monday night to advance to the championship game against Tech.
Like Tech, Tulane got off to a slow start but made the necessary adjustments and ran away with the game.
No. 22 Texas 94
Central Michigan 83
From the AP: Brittainey Raven had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds as No. 17 Texas defeated Central Michigan, 94-83 in the opening round of the Miami Wyndham Holiday Tournament.
Ashley Gayle also recorded a double-double for Texas (8-3) - her second straight, with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Kathleen Nash scored 18 points - 16 in the first half and Erika Arriaran added 15 points in the win.
No. 22 Texas 76
Miami (FL) 65
The University of Miami women's basketball team (10-2) couldn't overcome a Texas Longhorns (9-3) second-half run and fell to their second Big 12 Conference opponent of the season, 76-65, in the Miami Wyndham Holiday Championship, Tuesday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.
Up by seven at the break, Texas opened the second half with a 14-0 run and built a 21-point lead with 16:45 remaining.
Amid all the Mike Leach news, my follow up story and notebook from the Tulane DoubleTree Classic got lost in the shuffle.
Here are links to both follows that I wrote from New Orleans:
But there's more!
In following up with the team at practice today, the Lady Raiders acknowledged that they had taken Tulane for granted.
"Tulane just came out more competitive than we did," freshman Chynna Brown said.
Wow, two turnovers.
If the Lady Raiders had gotten anywhere between 10 and 15 turnovers against Savannah State, I would have looked at it as serious improvement.
The Texas Tech women's basketball team didn't commit a violation of any sort during the game. No traveling, no three seconds in the lane, no double dribbles, no shot clock violations.
All of these things had plagued the team throughout the nonconference season.
**The Baylor-Texas State will not be included in here. As I write this, Baylor is up 75-8 midway through the second half. So, yeah, the fifth-ranked Bears are going to win that one.
Arkansas Pine Bluff 53
No. 17 Texas 114
From the AP: Ashleigh Fontenette had a perfect first half with 22 points on 9-of-9 shooting and No. 17 Texas romped past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 114-53 on Saturday.
Texas' 114 points tied for the fourth most in school history.
Fontenette played only 10 minutes in the first half.
I've been asked by a number of people to provide an update on the status of Tech transfer Teena Wickett.
Wickett transferred from Pepperdine early enough last season that Tech petitioned the NCAA in order to gain her eligibility this season, as opposed to redshirting as is usually required.
Technically speaking, Wickett would be eligible to play as soon as the NCAA ruled it so.
I had a chance to talk to coach Kristy Curry about Wickett's status and here's what she had to say:
"The bottom line is Teena academically has got to get her feet under her solidly," Curry said.
• The Big 12 opens its 14th season of conference play on Saturday with every team in action. Baylor was the coaches’ preseason favorite to win the Big 12
title with Kansas and Texas tied for second, just three points behind BU.
• A nation-leading seven Big 12 teams are ranked in the AP Poll for the first
time since Jan. 12. 2009: No. 5 Baylor, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 14 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas, No. 23 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Kansas. In addition, Iowa State received votes. Texas Tech is no longer receiving votes. Seven teams were last rated by the coaches on Jan.