A few questions and answers about the Big 12 basketball race

Sitting around on a Sunday afternoon wondering about a few topics of discussion in the Big 12 basketball race:

First, how did West Virginia contain Oklahoma’s Trae Young? Young, OU’s sensational freshman, scored 29 points but had to work hard to get every one of them. West Virginia ended up winning 89-76 in Morgantown even with its own standout, Jevon Carter, on the bench in foul trouble in the second half. Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette-Mail breaks it down.

Second, who is Mitch Lightfoot, and why aren’t Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa playing for the Kansas Jayhawks? Gary Bedore of the Kansas City Star has some answers. On Saturday, Kansas registered an 88-84 victory at TCU with Lightfoot playing a leading role.

Moving on, how did Baylor finally get its mojo back? Well, for starters, guard Manu Lecomte emerged from his shooting funk and hit a few key three-pointers as the Bears downed the Texas Longhorns, 69-60, in Waco. In addition, senior center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. out-played UT freshman Mo Bamba. Here’s a recap from the Associated Press.

And, finally, what is going on in Lubbock? Texas Tech kept it rolling with its eighth win in a row Saturday, a 74-58 home victory over Kansas State. Carlos Silva Jr. of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal has the story. Keenan Evans scored 27 to pace the Red Raiders, 14-1, 3-0, who are tied with West Virginia for the early lead in the conference.

TCU escapes with 81-78 victory at Baylor in overtime

Forward Vladimir Brodziansky hit the go-ahead basket with 90 seconds remaining Tuesday night, and the 16th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs went on to beat the Baylor Bears 81-78 in overtime.

With the win on Baylor’s home floor in Waco, the Frogs improved to 13-1 overall and to 1-1 in the Big 12. The Bears fell to 10-4 and 0-2.

Brodziansky, a 6-11 senior from Slovakia, led five TCU players in double-digit scoring with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Sophomore guard Jaylen Fisher added 15 points and four assists.

Junior forward J.D. Miller had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Horned Frogs, who bounced back from Saturday’s one-point home loss to Oklahoma.

Center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. led the Bears with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears trailed by 12 early in the second half and came back to tie it 74-74 at the end of regulation.

Down by two in overtime, TCU called on Brodziansky, whose three-pointer with 1:30 remaining lifted the Frogs into a 75-74 lead. TCU never trailed again.