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Baylor Stays Sharp As March Madness Closes In

Tuesday night gave us a lot of action from the NCAA basketball.  There were a lot of great offensive moves and, despite a long time without playing, the Baylor Bears demonstrated why they deserve to be in second place.

Longhorns Take The Win In OT

The Texas Longhorns took the lead after Courtney Ramey managed to score 15 points and made two free throws with overtime nearly coming to an end and they overcame the Kansas Jayhawks 75-72 on Tuesday night.  With only five seconds left, Kai Jones made one free throw for Texas and achieved the final margin.

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Ochai Ogbaji got a total of 17 points for Kansas, but it wasn’t good enough as they have now snapped their five-game win streak. This is the second time the Jayhawks lost against Texas in the regular season, which hadn’t happened since the Big 12 went to round-robin play in 2011-2012.  Kansas will now host Baylor on Saturday, while Texas plays at Texas Tech the same day.

Bears Roar Louder Than Ever

After a three-week gap between games, the Number-2 Bears are still undefeated and unstoppable as they finally overcame some of the rust from their downtime to get a victory against the Iowa State Cyclones, 77-72 on Tuesday night. The Bears are now 18-0 for the first time in school history. Scott Drew, who thought it will take some time for his team to get back on track, said, “Really excited to win, really excited to be back. Obviously, does three weeks affect your play? 100 percent.”

As part of the victory contribution, Adam Flagler scored a season-high 22 points and Jared Butler added 18.  For Iowa, Tyler Harris got 22 points and five 3-pointers, while Rasir Bolton and Jalen Coleman-Landas scored 21 and 13 points, respectively.  On Saturday, Iowa State hosts TCU, while Baylor plays at Kansas.

Spartans Continue To Fight Tough

The Michigan State Spartans have proven one more time to be one of the toughest teams on the court in most games after beating the Illinois Fighting Illini last night, 81-72.  This victory was thanks to the awesome performance of Aaron Henry, who scored 20 points, and his teammate, Joshua Langford, who added 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

For Illinois, the dynamic guard Ayo Dosunmu had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and five assists, while Illini center Kofi Cockburn scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.  The winner of this game will now welcome the 4th-ranked Buckeyes on Thursday night, while Illinois hosts Nebraska on the same night.

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After hitting three straight 3-pointers in the final minutes, Mike McGuirl scored a total of 19 points to allow the Kanas State Wildcats to roll past the 7th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 62-57 on Tuesday night. With three minutes to play, the Sooners were leading by six; however, McGuirl took over, and the course of the game change completely.  The Wildcats have now won their second straight and first at home in Big 12 play this season.

Kansas State managed to beat a top-ten after Davion Bradford and DaJuan Gordon scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. For the Oklahoma Sooners, Austin Reaves had 25 points, 18 of which were scored in the second half, while Umoja Gibson got 7 points and 11 rebounds.

Mountaineers Takes Sixth Straight Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night, the TCU Horned Frogs were beaten by the West Virginia Mountaineers after facing a great performance from Taz Sherman and Derek Culver. They had 23 and 18 points, respectively, and helped their team to get their sixth straight road win, with a final score of 74-66.

West Virginia will now return home to finish the regular season in its own arena and they’ll be hosting Kansas State on Saturday. The Mountaineers have lost two of their last three at home, and they’ll now have to visit Iowa on Saturday night.

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With the 26 points scored by Moses Wright, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets overcame No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies 69-53 on Tuesday night.  In a tight game, the Ole Miss Rebels rolled past the Missouri Tigers 60-53 on Tuesday to sweep the season series against the Tigers.

The short-handed St. John’s Red Storm couldn’t overcome Number 8 Villanova Wildcats and they lost 81-58 on Tuesday night.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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