There was bad blood heading into Wednesday's Kansas at Oklahoma State men's hoops game. When OSU won at KU, Cowboy standout Marcus Smart did a cartwheel and backflip on the center-court Jayhawk logo. "If their coach allowed that," said KU guard Travis Releford, "then that's up to them. If we go and get a victory there, you won't see us doing backflips or flips on their court. We are just going to walk out in style."
Baylor entered Wednesday's action with three of the Big 12's four top offensive rebounders in Isaiah Austin, Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers.
Prior to Wednesday's game at Baylor, Iowa State had lost five consecutive league road games. The Cyclones, though, were the Big 12's top scoring team, averaging 79 points.
WVU was No. 7 in Big 12 scoring offense and No. 8 in scoring defense before Wednesday's league action. The Mountaineers were No. 3, though, both in steals and turnover margin.
Baylor's Pierre Jackson (18.4 points per game) and Kansas' Ben McLemore (16.7) led the league in scoring.
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