Texas forward Kevin Durant congratulates teammate A.J. Abrams (3) after Texas beat New Mexico State 79-67 during a first-round basketball game in the men's NCAA East Regional on Friday, March 16, 2007, at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ORG XMIT: WAET309

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Best Big 12 basketball games? Texas has been in a few

Posted January 5th, 2016


The first Big Monday for Big 12 men’s basketball didn’t disappoint. No. 1-ranked Kansas and No. 2-ranked Oklahoma put on a show in a triple-overtime thriller in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks won 109-106 as the two teams did something that hasn’t been done since…

The game also got the Hookem.com staff talking on Twitter, and asking an important question:


Well, here are a few options to choose from outside of last night’s game. (And yes, we know we could list a lot more games)

Jan. 16, 2007: Texas at Oklahoma State

This was a triple-overtime game that featured two of the best individual performances in league history. Freshman Kevin Durant — future NBA MVP– scored 37 points, blocked four shots, swiped two steals and grabbed 11 rebounds in the game.  Oklahoma State senior Mario Boggan scored 37 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, threw three assists and blocked four shots.

Oklahoma State won 105-103.

Feb.  25, 2012: Missouri at Kansas

In the final game of the Kansas-Missouri matchup — Missouri left for the SEC after the season and ended one of the Big 12’s best basketball rivalries — the Jayhawks beat the No. 3-ranked Tigers in overtime 87-86. Kansas trailed by 19 points in the second half before All-American Thomas Robinson took over for the Jayhawks.

March 11, 2007: Kansas vs. Texas

The Big 12 Tournament Championship game was a rematch of another epic game from this same season, a 90-86 Kansas win at Allen Fieldhouse a week earlier.

This game was even better.

Kansas won the tournament title with a 88-84, come-from-behind win in Oklahoma City.

Durant scored 37 points, blocked six shots and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Jayhawks. Julian Wright, a Kansas sophomore, scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds blocked two shots against Texas. Kansas had four players score at least 17 points (including 20 off the bench by freshman Sherron Collins).

Jan. 23, 2008: Baylor at Texas A&M

Almost forgotten, except by Kirk Bohls

Yes, this game between No. 25 Baylor and No. 18 Texas A&M went into five overtimes before the Bears — just breaking through after the massive scandal a few years earlier — won 116-110 in College Station.

Curtis Jerrells scored 36 points for Baylor. Bryan Davis scored 30 of Texas A&M.

Jan. 27, 2003: Texas at Kansas

Both these team made the Final Four a few months later (both lost to Syracuse in New Orleans) and both these teams featured some of the best players in Big 12 history. No. 3-ranked Texas was led by T.J. Ford, a future lottery pick. No. 12-ranked Kansas was led by Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison (two future lottery picks).

Collison grabbed 23 rebounds and scored 24 points in a 90-87 win over Texas. Hinrich scored 25 points. Ford had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Texas.

He nearly hit the game-tying three-point shot at the buzzer.





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