Watch Guide 2-14: Make or break time in conference play

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It's almost the end of February which means that teams are winding down their conference schedules and vying for position in the conference tournaments. Or for some, hoping to pad the resume to hopefully earn a placement in the NCAA Tournament regardless of tournament outcome. 

Friday, February 14

For your own good, you should be finding a way to watch No. 3 Oregon at No. 7 UCLA tonight at 10 p.m. on  C'mon, Sabrina Ionescu vs Michaela Onyenwere, I shouldn't have to sell you more on this.

Saturday, February 15

MBB: No. 24 Texas Tech (16-8, 7-4) at Oklahoma State (12-12, 2-9) at noon on CBS
Last game, this one got out of hand fast in the third period where Tech outscored the Cowboys, 26-8. Oklahoma State shot a dismal 24 percent from the floor while Tech’s offense ran like a hot knife through butter and even shot well from three, which isn’t always a sure thing for the Red Raiders. Tech is looking to cement its top four conference tournament status and should have no issue doing so this weekend. 

WBB: Abilene Christian (18-4, 10-3) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (16-7, 10-3) at 1 p.m. on GoIslanders.com.
Justin wrote extensively about the wild race at the top of the Southland before. Well, here’s a chance for two teams in the top four to create some separation between themselves. Last time out, ACU was doubled up by the Islanders in the paint while TAMU-CC also racked up 19 second-chance buckets with Alexes Bryant leading the way with 20 points and eight boards. Since that last meeting, the Islanders have gone 6-1 while ACU is 6-2.

MBB: Texas (14-10, 4-7) at Iowa State (10-14, 3-8) at 1 p.m. on ESPN2
It’s looking…really bad down in Austin and now it somehow got worse. Jericho Sims will apparently miss an extended period of time with a back injury. Sims joins Jace Febres and Gerald Liddell as key players who are currently out for the Longhorns as the chances of an NCAA Tournament bid look slim for second consecutive season. But on the bright side, maybe it's a prime opportunity to see Will Baker get ample minutes?

MBB: No. 14 West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) at No. 1 Baylor (21-1, 11-0) at 3 p.m. on ESPN+
Do you want to watch a war? Tune in Saturday afternoon.

Two of the best defenses in the nation meet for the only time during the regular season. Now, the Mountaineers are 0-3 against other teams in the Top 5 of the Big 12. Baylor’s proven record of shutting down fellow top teams in the conference should prove to be the difference.

WBB: Texas Tech (16-8, 7-4) at West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) at 4 p.m.
Both Texas Tech and West Virginia are gunning for first round byes in the Big 12 Tournament and avoiding No. 2 Baylor for as long as possible. The first of two meetings between the teams is Saturday. Over the last month, Marlene Stollings has found the second option the Lady Raiders have needed in Andrayah Adams. She's averaged just under 15 points per game over the last month and worked her way back into the starting lineup in January.

WBB: No. 2 Baylor (21-1, 11-0) at Oklahoma State (14-10, 5-7) at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
This one should mimic something similar to the first game between these two teams (Baylor won 94-48), but it’ll be a solid nightcap, fill the Friday gap and a chance to see Baylor in the midst of a fairly easy end to the Big 12 schedule.

Sunday, February 16

WBB: No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 25 Tennessee at 2 p.m. on ESPN2
Chennedy Carter is back!

Suddenly, Texas A&M’s ceiling in the SEC is back to where it was before the star guard missed some time with an ankle injury. She tallied 18 points in 22 minutes on 8-of-12 shooting in her return to the court against Vanderbilt. The Aggies will need to be at full force against both the Lady Vols and later on against No.1 South Carolina at the end of the season.

Monday, February 17

WBB: Grambling State (3-19, 2-9) at Texas Southern (13-8, 8-2) at 5:30 p.m.
Cynthia Cooper-Dykes’ return to TSU has been a rousing success thus far with the Tigers in second place in the SWAC, just behind Jackson State. Their two losses in-conference are to Jackson State by two and Prairie View A&M (8-14, 5-5) by three. Keeping the second-place standing in the conference is valuable for avoiding Jackson State until the conference tournament championship should be the goal here and is attainable.

MBB: Jackson State (10-14, 7-4) at Prairie View A&M (12-11, 8-2) at 8 p.m. on ESPNU
Prairie View A&M possess one of the more underrated defenses in the state and perhaps the nation. According to Kenpom, the Panthers are ninth in turnover percentage and seventh in defending the 3-point line while also placing 22nd in steal percentage. Get a good look at Byron Smith’s team before they try and make a tournament push for the second consecutive season.

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