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The Big 12 announced its men's and women's basketball players of the week Monday.


Baylor junior guard LaceDarius Dunn was named men's player of the week, while Texas Tech junior guard David Tairu was rookie of the yweek. Dunn averaged 30.5 points in Baylor's first two games, including a 32-point effort in Baylor's 86-58 win over Norfolk State. Dunn has shot 48.8 percent from the field in the first two games. Tairu was the MVP of the Duel in the Desert Tournament for the Red Raiders. Tairu led his team in scoring in two of the three games, averaging 14 points.


Oklahoma State guard Andrea Riley (from Dallas) won the women's player of the week award. She averaged 25.5 points, six rebounds and 5.5 assists in the first two games for the Cowgirls. Iowa State center Anna Prins was the freshman of the week for her 20-point effort against Florida Atlantic. Prins also had five rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 21 minutes on the court.

Baylor senior Tweety Carter has been suspended for the first four games of the season for an undisclosed rules violation, Baylor men's basketball coach Scott Drew announced Friday.


Carter will miss Friday's game against Norfolk State as well as Baylor's nonconference contests against Hartford on Sunday, Southern on Monday and Hardin-Simmons on Nov. 22. He will return to the lineup for the Bears' Thanksgiving game against Alabama in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


Doug Gottlieb sits down with three Big 12 coaches -- Baylor's Scott Drew, Oklahoma State's Travis Ford and Missouri's Mike Anderson -- to preview one of college basketball's toughest conferences.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was named Big 12 offensive player of the week after completing 26 of 31 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the Longhorns' 41-7 win at Missouri. McCoy had a 83.3 percent completion percentage, which included completed his first 11 passes. McCoy spread the ball around, finding eight different receivers.


Iowa State linebacker Jesse Smith was the Big 12 defensive player of the week. His teammate, punter Mike Brandtner was the special teams player of the week as he ran 20 yards on a fake punt to set up Iowa State for the 9-7 win.


Texas quarterback Colt McCoy looked good against Missouri on Saturday. He was 26-of-31 for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the 41-7 victory. The competition for the Heisman at this point includes several quarterbacks -- Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, Houston's Case Keenum and Florida's Tim Tebow. Alabama running back Mark Ingram also is in the mix.


Texas coach Mack Brown was pleased with McCoy's effort Saturday.


"He's been sick some, had the flu and then a cold. He's been banged up a little bit, and he's been working with some new guys at receiver," Brown said Sunday. "But on
Saturday you could you could see things coming together. We're starting to get our timing down, the chemistry is coming together, and Colt and the offense had a great day."


If you had to vote today, who gets your Heisman vote? Is McCoy still in contention?

TCU's dominating performance over BYU on the road Saturday impressed voters enough that the Frogs leapfrogged, if you will, Boise State in the latest BCS standings. TCU is now sixth, one spot ahead of Boise State.


That's signficant because TCU's strength of schedule going forward is better than the Broncos'. TCU has Utah, a top 20 team, left on the schedule. Boise State will not play a ranked team for the rest of the regular season.


Did the voters make the right call? Should TCU be ahead of Boise State?

Baylor senior linebacker Joe Pawelek told the media that he thinks the team will move on and be ready for Oklahoma State (11:30 a.m., Versus). But in order to have a shot to pull off the upset, the Bears must improve on defense. Pawelek talked to the media earlier this week and talked about what it would take for the defense to step it up.


"We came in Sunday and put the film on and it's not a problem with the schemes or the base defense," Pawelek said. "It's just a problem with getting all 11 guys on the field to doing their job. When one guy is out of position or doesn't read his keys right and do what he's supposed to do, then it makes the defense look like there's something wrong with it. It's nothing more than one or two guys not doing what we're coached to do and I think as a whole it's going to take guys coming in and taking some ownership and saying what do I need to do to be better on Saturday and what can I do to be better prepared."

Baylor announced Wednesday that freshman Mark McLaughlin left the team for personal reasons. McLaughlin, from Kenmore, Wash., was signed in April after he was released from his National Letter of Intent to Nevada.

All the talk may focus on the Texas-Oklahoma football game, but college basketball teams around the area are beginning practice for the upcoming season. Many held Midnight Madness events late Thursday night (well, early Friday morning, really) to kick things off.


In Austin, Texas coach Rick Barnes is just excited to have so many seniors back, including Damion James, Dexter Pittman, Justin Mason and Matt Hill.


"[They've] played a lot of basketball since they have been here, and we are really pleased with the leadership and the way they have embraced the younger players," Barnes said. "The younger players have embraced them, too. They are doing well in terms of knowing that these seniors have been through it. Those seniors know what it takes to be on the court, and they lead by example. As talented as some of these younger guys are, they are learning that it takes more than talent, and they are learning that the work ethic that goes in is important. I'm excited about the way the older guys have led the team up until this point."


Texas was picked second to Kansas in a preseason Big 12 poll of league coaches. They will find themselves in the top 5 in most rankings when the season begins.


Today, we'll take a look at the men's teams. We'll preview the women's teams next week. Here's a quick look at some of the other area teams as practice begins:

Oklahoma: Blake Griffin is gone, but talent remains on a team picked third by the league's coaches. Sophomore guard Willie Warren (Fort Worth North Crowley) was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team. The conference's freshman of the year had seven games of at least 20 points last season, the most by an OU freshman since Tim McCalister in 1983-84. The Sooners will need him to be one of the team's leaders -- on and off the court -- in 2009-10.

Texas A&M: The Aggies open practice today at 5 p.m., but it's closed to the public. They'll do their own "Maroon Madness" on Oct. 30 as part of Midnight Yell Practice at Kyle Field before the football team faces Iowa State. Donald Sloan (Seagoville) was the team's second-leading scorer last season and he returns for his senoir year. Bryan Davis (Grand Prairie) is also back. But the Aggies won't have inside presence Chinemelu Elonu or scorer Josh Carter.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys were picked sixth by Big 12 coaches, but don't think that means the Cowboys are in for a tough year. They do return four of their six leading scorers, led by junior shooting guard James Anderson (18.2 ppg).

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have a 5 p.m. practice open to the media today. Pat Knight has nine players from last season's squad returning, including seniors Darko Cohadarevic, Trevor Cook and Nick Okorie. Junior guard John Roberson (Plano) averaged 13.9 points last season.

Baylor: Scott Drew's team hopes to build on an impressive run in the NIT last season (they finished second). The Bears lost leading scorer Curtis Jerrells, but still have LaceDarius Dunn (second-leading scorer from last season) and guard Tweety Carter. The Bears have some Dallas-Fort Worth flavor with Mesquite Horn's Quincy Acy (sophomore forward) and Richland High School's Nolan Dennis (guard).

SMU: Matt Doherty hopes his fourth season means improvement for the Mustangs. Doherty named Mouhammad Faye, Paul McCoy and Derek Williams as team captains at a tip-off dinner Thursday. The backcourt should be a position of strength as guards Williams and McCoy were co-MVPs of the team last season. McCoy became the first freshman to lead SMU in scoring with 13.4 points per game in 2008-09. Williams was second with 12.7 ppg and led the team with 3.5 assists. Faye is a senior forward and was third on the team in scoring.

TCU: The Frogs begin practice at 7 p.m. tonight. They were predicted to finish seventh in the Mountain West Conference in a preseason poll of coaches. Forward Zvonko Buljan, from Croatia, was selected as a preseason All-MWC player this week. Buljan was second in the conference in rebounding last season (7.8 per game) and averaged 12.3 points. He was the MWC Newcomer of the Year last season.

UNT: The Mean Green have hopes for a Sun Belt Conference title after three straight season of at least 20 wins. Eric Tramiel and Josh White lead the Mean Green, which has an excellent backcourt. The team returns all five starters for last year's squad, which nearly went to the league title game. They will practice today at 5 p.m.

UTA: The Mavericks will have Midnight Madness festivities today at 8 p.m. at Texas Hall. Senior guard Marquez Haynes (Irving) leads the Mavericks. Coach Scott Cross was given a contract extension that takes him through 2012-13.

Baylor was selected as the favorite to win the Big 12 by the league's coaches. The Bears got five first-place votes, edging Kansas and Texas. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.


Here's a look at the complete rankings (first-place votes in parenthesis):


1. Baylor (5): 109 points

2. Kansas (3): 106

2. Texas (3): 106

4. Texas A&M (1): 87

5. Oklahoma: 86

6. Nebraska: 80

7. Iowa State: 59

8. Kansas State: 44

9. Oklahoma State: 41

10. Texas Tech: 38

11. Colorado: 22

12. Missouri: 15

Kansas received all 11 first-place votes from conference coaches in the Big 12 preseason men's basketball poll. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Since Texas got the only other first-place vote, one can deduce that Kansas coach Bill Self voted for them.

Here's the full list (first-place votes in parenthesis):


1. Kansas (11): 121 points

2. Texas (1): 111

3. Oklahoma: 95

4. Kansas State: 92

5. Texas A&M: 74

6. Oklahoma State: 69

7. Missouri: 66

8. Iowa State: 57

9. Texas Tech: 34

10. Baylor : 33

11. Nebraska: 27

12. Colorado: 13

We take a quick break from football talk to bring you the preseason Big 12 basketball awards, as selected by the league head coachs (who could not vote for players on their own teams). There was some Big 12 South representation, though you should know that Kansas teammates Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich were named co-players of the year. Iowa State forward Marquis Gilstrap earned preseason newcomer of the year.


Some Big 12 South highlights:


* Texas guard Avery Bradley was selected as preseason freshman of the year. He was rated the top prospect in the country by ESPNU and was a Parade All-American. Bradley's Findlay Prep High School (Nevada) team was 33-0 last season with Bradley scored 19.1 points per game with 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals.


* Oklahoma's Wille Warren, sophomore guard from Fort Worth's North Crowley, made the all-Big 12 preseason team. So did Oklahoma State junior James Anderson and Texas senior Damion James.

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