KANSAS CITY, MO -- Losing its head basketball coach and
best player doesn't seem to be slowing Texas A&M.
Texas Tech assistant coach Pat Knight says -- if anything -- the
Aggies are better than last year, when Billy Gillispie and Acie Law
led them to a school-record 27 wins.
Knight will help his dad, Bob, coach Tech against the Aggies on
After Gillispie departed for Kentucky, the Aggies lured Mark
Turgeon out of Wichita, where the former Kansas guard had gone
128-90 and proven himself worthy of a career upgrade.
A&M also had to figure out a way to get through life without
Law, a stellar point guard and last-shot specialist.
Turgeon has the 10th ranked Aggies clicking along. They've won
eight in a row while compiling a 15-1 record, including an 86-69
whipping of Colorado last week in their Big 12 opener.
-- Baylor could be headed toward its first NCAA tournament in
The Bears (13-2, 1-0), who've held every opponent under 50
percent shooting, play Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
Baylor will be looking for its first 2-0 start to the Big 12
season since 1997-98.
-- The Big 12's weekly player honors went to a couple of
Kansas State's Michael Beasley averaged almost 29 points and
eleven rebounds in victories over Savannah State and Oklahoma.
Beasley hit the game-winning shot against Oklahoma with 2.3 seconds
Oklahoma freshman Blake Griffin averaged 26.5 points and 10.5
rebounds in games against Mount St. Mary's and Kansas State. He
shot 70.8 percent in the two games.