OU was leading the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 87.3 points, and had been off to its best start in five years. The last time the Sooners averaged more points for an entire season was in 1993-94, the last under coach Billy Tubbs.
What Oklahoma lacks is a true big man, like Kansas has in 7-foot center Joel Embiid. Yet the Sooners have still been outrebounding opponents.
Oklahoma State has All-America talent Marcus Smart, but has been in crisis mode of late. Michael Cobbins, the Cowboys' best big man, is out with a season-ending Achilles injury. Also, backup point guard Stevie Clark has been out after being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession last Wednesday.
Big 12 tidbits:
If you're up for a block party, call Texas, which was getting 7.1 blocked shots per game before Wednesday's game at Oklahoma State. The Longhorns have the youngest team in the Big 12.
West Virginia was not leading the Big 12 in any major team statistic before Wednesday's games, but were No. 2 in 3-point percentage (39.8 percent), turnover margin (plus 4.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5).
The Big 12's top rebounder has been Iowa State's Dustin Hogue, who is averaging 9.6.
Saturday will be a big day in the Big 12. WVU will host No. 11 Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. The other matchups will be No. 9 Iowa State at Oklahoma, No. 7 Baylor at TCU, No. 25 Kansas State at No. 18 Kansas and Texas Tech at Texas.
WVU will host Texas on Monday.
When Baylor lost to Iowa State it snapped the Bears' six-game winning streak.
The last time Kansas lost four nonconference games it went on to finish 14-2 in the Big 12 and win the 2009 league title.
Kansas State's winning streak moved to 10 after defeating TCU in Fort Worth. The Wildcats are now 12-3.
Texas Tech, under first-year coach Tubby Smith, lost in nonconference play to Alabama, Pittsburgh, Arizona, LSU and Arizona State.
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