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March 8, 2007

All-Big 12 Team: Big game hunters

The old saying goes that big-time players are at their best in big games.

Considering that criteria, there is little difficulty in identifying the members of the Rivals.com All-Big 12 basketball team. They were the ones on all those highlight reels making big shots at the end of games.

Of course, there was Texas A&M's Acie Law, who hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Kansas, forced overtime and double overtime with last-second 3-pointers against Texas and hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to forge a tie with Texas Tech.

But Texas Tech's Jarrius Jackson won that game with a jumper at the buzzer.

And there was Nebraska center Aleks Maric, who hit free throws in the final 47 seconds to lift the Cornhuskes to an overtime win over Missouri. Maric, who scored at least 22 points in five of the last seven games, ranked third in the Big 12 in scoring and second in rebounding.

Yet, they were all upstaged Texas freshman supreme Kevin Durant, who seemed to have a big game every game and set a Big 12 record with nine 30-point games while leading the conference in scoring, rebounding, three-pointers and blocked shots. He was only second in steals.

Rivals.com 2006-07 All-Big 12 First Team Rivals.com 2006-07 All-Big 12 Second Team
G Acie Law
Texas A&M, 6-3, 195, Sr.
Law averaged 7.1 points in the last four minutes of conference games. Law averaged 20.8 points in Big 12 competition.
G Brandon Rush
Kansas, 6-6, 210, Soph.
Rush averaged 14.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in Big 12 play and had 15 points and seven boards in a conference championship-clinching win over Texas.
G Jarrius Jackson
Texas Tech, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Jackson, who is nearing Texas Tech's all-time scoring record, averaged 19.1 points in conference games and 20.2 on the season.
G D.J. Augustin
Texas 5-11, 175, Fr.
The conference's leader in assists with 7.38 per game, also averaged 15.5 points in Big 12 competition and scored at least 16 points in seven of the Longhorns' last eight regular season games.
F Kevin Durant
Texas, 6-9, 225, Fr.
Durant set conference records for scoring average (28.9) in Big 12 play and became the first player in Big 12 history to score 400 or get 200 rebounds in conference games.
F Cartier Martin
Kansas State, 6-7, 220, Sr.
The Big 12's premier sixth man, Martin averaged 17.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in conference competition. He also led the league with a 87.9 free throw percentage.
F Julian Wright
Kansas, 6-8, 225, Soph.
The Jayhawks' leading rebounder and No. 3 scorer was especially effective in the second half of the Big 12 schedule when he averaged 13.9 points and nine rebounds.
F/C Mario Boggan
Oklahoma State, 6-7, 235, Sr.
His bone-head head-butting of Kansas State's Cartier Martin may cost the Cowboys an NCAA Tournament bid, but he still averaged 17.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in conference play.
C Aleks Maric
Nebraska, 6-11, 270, Jr.
One of the Cornhuskers' few bright spots he averaged 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds in the Big 12 and posted double-doubles in four of the last five games.
F/C Joseph Jones
Texas A&M, 6-9, 250, Jr.
The Aggies' primary inside scorer, Jones averaged 13.2 points in conference games. He also ranked ninth in rebounding with 7.4 per game.
Rivals.com 2006-07 Big 12 All-Freshman Team
G D.J. Augustin, Texas 5-11, 175: 15.0 ppg., 6.8 apg.
G Keon Lawrence, Missouri, 6-2, 180: 9.6 ppg., 2.9 rpg., 1.9 apg.
F Kevin Durant, Texas, 6-9, 225: 25.1 ppg., 11.4 rpg.
F Wesley Johnson, Iowa State, 6-7, 195: 12.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg., 1.1 blks
F Darrell Arthur, Kansas, 6-9, 230: 10.5 ppg., 5.0 rpg.

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