Watch Guide 2-21: Almost to the finish line for the conference schedule

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Friday, February 21

WBB: No. 15 Oregon State (19-7, 7-7) at No. 4 Stanford (23-3, 12-2) at 10 p.m.

Stepping out of the Lone Star State, this has been one of the most entertaining WBB seasons in recent memory at the top. So, here’s a little nod to the Pac-12. Stanford has an insane two-game stretch this week with No. 15 Oregon State Friday and No. 3 Oregon Monday night.

Saturday, February 22

MBB: No. 3 Kansas (23-2, 12-1) at No. 1 Baylor (24-1, 13-0), at 11 a.m. on ESPN

The biggest regular season game left of the season? Baylor already showed it was for real back last month in Lawrence on national television, can the Bears do it again? Imagine Baylor all but securing a regular season Big 12 title against Kansas inside the Ferrell Center.

The common line this season has been that there are no great teams in MBB and yet Baylor’s held down the No. 1 spot and just won its 23rd straight game, the longest win streak in Big 12 MBB history. There might not be many great teams this year, but we almost certainly have one.

MBB: No. 17 West Virginia (19-7, 7-6) at TCU (14-12, 5-8) at 1 p.m. on ESPNU

A bad loss to Texas Wednesday night leaves TCU getting dropped to seventh in the Big 12 with games against Baylor and Kansas still coming up. Having to play that first-round game as a seven-seed only makes any chance TCU has to make a run in the conference tournament even harder.

WBB: Stephen F. Austin (20-4, 13-2) at UIW (12-12, 8-7) at 2 p.m.

As UIW settles into its first-round seeding, this one’s more about SFA keeping hold of the two-round bye from Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian. Last time around, the Lady Jacks had no issue against Imani Robinson, holding the Cardinals’ leading scorer to 2-of-10 from the floor and nearly fouling her out. Aiyana Johnson controlled the boards along with Stephanie Visscher and 19 points off turnovers also boosted SFA’s performance.

MBB: Mississippi State (17-9, 8-5) at Texas A&M (13-12, 7-6) at 2:30 p.m. on SEC Network

Buzz Williams taking Texas A&M from bottom-tier to a respectable defensive team that forces a lot of turnovers to make up for their offensive deficiencies is impressive. Look no further than their recent 74-69 win over Georgia after originally losing to the Bulldogs, 63-48, a 20-point turnaround. The Aggies scored 26 points off 21 Georgia turnovers compared to just 11 points off 20 turnovers in the first game. At one point it looked unlikey that the Aggies would even come close to 15 wins, the improvement has been apparent and it should signal very exciting times for the program.

MBB: Louisiana Tech (19-7, 10-4) at North Texas (18-9, 12-2) at 3 p.m.

The start of CUSA bonus play puts the current No. 1 team in the conference (UNT) against the No. 3.

North Texas is 2-1 against the other top teams in its pool this season. With a good pool play performance, the Mean Green have a legitimate shot to snag an NIT spot if an NCAA bid falls short in the conference tournament. It's still up in the air whether or not bonus play will live up to the idea of getting more teams into the postseason, but this could be the year it makes things better for the top four teams all lingering around 20 wins. 

MBB: Georgia State (18-9, 11-5) at Texas State (18-10, 10-6) at 4 p.m. on ESPN+

Perhaps the biggest weekend of the season for Texas State. After knocking off No. 1 seed Little Rock and beating Georgia Southern, the Bobcats are in position to take command of the second seed and cement a semifinals berth in the Sun Belt Tournament with current No. 2, Georgia State, coming to town. It's senior day for the program's all-time leading scorer as well so look for that to hopefully play a factor in the Bobcats moving into a more favorable tournament position down the stretch.

Sunday, February 23

WBB: Texas Tech (15-9, 4-9) at Iowa State (15-9, 7-6) at 2 p.m.

Justin highlighted this one for this week’s One to Watch, as far as the importance for Tech, it’s the Lady Raiders’ last chance to push up into the seven seed and avoid a quarterfinals run-in with No. 2 Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament. Avoid that side of the bracket at all costs. 

WBB: Oklahoma State (14-11, 5-8) at TCU (19-5, 10-3) at 2 p.m. on Fox Sports SW

Last time these two played, it was a close win in Stillwater for TCU. Like Texas Tech, Oklahoma State is hoping to avoid a second-round game against Baylor and keep hold of the seven-seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

Monday, February 24

WBB: Texas Southern (14-9, 9-3) at Mississippi Valley State (2-22, 1-12) at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, Justin wrote about how Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has Texas Southern on the right path for the future, but they’re also a lot of fun right now. If you can find this one anywhere, be sure to tune in to watch Ciani Cryor likely have another big game. Last time against the Devils, she dropped 30 on just under 50 percent shooting with nine assists.

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