The Border War is so big it spreads to the next game.
On Sunday, Kansas embarrassed Missouri. The response to that outcome was obvious Wednesday when the motivated Tigers thumped Oklahoma 73-64, and the uninspired Jayhawks suffered one of the biggest upsets in Big 12 history at Texas Tech with an 84-65 loss.
The Missouri outcome meant Kansas clinched at least a share of its fifth Big 12 title but that was of no consolation for the Jayhawks.
With Kansas at 13-2 and the Tigers and Sooners at 12-3 in Big 12 play, there could be final logjam at the top.
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Mizzou did its part to create this situation with a near-perfect performance in Columbia. They were the aggressor from the outset and befuddled Oklahoma with its defensive pressure.
Oklahoma star Blake Griffin turned in huge numbers — 16 points and 21 rebounds. But he didn’t get much help and looked worn down by the game’s end.
That’s what Missouri does to teams that visit Mizzou Arena, where the Tigers finished 18-0 this season.
Mizzou was charged by its home crowd. Kansas simply couldn’t muster any energy in losing to a Red Raiders team that entered the game with a 12-17 record.
Tech seized control from opening minutes, taking an 18-point lead. Kansas’ slow defensive rotation and poor shooting helped dig the hole, but Tech did it’s own shoveling with the hot shooting from Alan Voskuil, who had five three-pointers in the first half and its aggression on the boards.
Voskuil finished with 35 points, including eight three-pointers.
The Jayhawks cut it to 41-39 early in the second half, but they couldn’t sustain the momentum. Technical fouls whistled against Kansas Coach Bill Self and forward Marcus Morris demonstrated the frustrations.
How bad was it for KU? On the play four minutes left in which Marcus Morris drew his fifth foul, Cole Aldrich twisted an ankle.
Later, guard Tyshawn Taylor hobbled off the floor with what appeared to be a knee injury.
The night’s action could have NCAA Tournament bracket ramifications. The day started with Oklahoma looking at a top seed and Kansas perhaps looking at a No. 2.
But the Sooners have lost three of four, and the Jayhawks’ loss is an RPI killer.
What is it about Lubbock for Kansas? The Jayhawks suffered their third straight loss in the United Spirit Arena, but it’s been going on longer than that. Lubbock is where the program suffered one of the toughest losses in its history, the 1966 regional final to Texas Western when a potential game-winning shot by Jo Jo White was waved off when he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds.
Call it the biggest upset in the Big 12 since the 2000 Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal when eighth-seeded Baylor beat top-seeded Iowa State.