Kansas State could have crumbled when TCU's Desmond Bane knocked down a desperation 3-pointer to force overtime in a quarterfinal of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday. The Jayhawks won both regular-season meetings versus the Wildcats and will meet their in-state rival for the 23rd time in conference postseason tournament play and the 10th time in the Big 12 era. Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas should be in barring some unexplained meltdown in Kansas City.
"Some of us have more bruises than others, but I think the Big 12 is the strongest conference from top to bottom in America", said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton, whose Cowboys (18-13) are also trying to play their way into the dance. Including 2018, Kansas has appeared in eight of the last nine semifinals, beginning in 2010.
The No. 2 seeded Bonnies (24-6) will play in the semifinals against No. 3 seed Davidson, which beat sixth-seeded St. Louis University 78-60.
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West Virginia, which will make its third consecutive appearance in the Big 12 Tournament final, was swept in the regular-season series against Kansas. This game was a complete flip from their last matchup, as the Cowboys won 82-64 down in Stillwater on March 3. For four days, 10 teams will get the chance to advance to the championship game on Saturday March 10th, with that game tipping off at 6:00 p.m. ET. "We need to be better than that and play hard no matter who is in the game". Kansas State tries to slow games down while Kansas often pushes the tempo with a roster built on good guards. Graham is now averaging 17.3 points per game along with 4.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists.
After being ranked in the top five earlier this season, Arizona State and Oklahoma suddenly find their NCAA Tournament hopes in question. Kansas is seeking a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Texas Tech is seeking a title. Malik Newman poured in 30 points, the Jayhawks shot a blistering 56.1 percent from the field and despite committing 13 turnovers, they were still able to put up a wildly efficient 1.22 points per possession. They found out that they would be without Udoka Azubuike for the conference tournament.
Kansas opened as a 5-point favorite, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 141.5 points.
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Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa combined for 14 points and 14 rebounds in his place. Kansas is a bit streaky with its 3-point shooting, but has already taken down Kansas State twice.
K-State punches its ticket: If there was any lingering doubt about Kansas State hearing its name called on Sunday, it probably disappeared with the win over TCU. Bigger than playing in front of a packed, KU-friendly crowd at the Sprint Center, serving a key role on a team closing in on a No. 1 seed in next week's NCAA Tournament.
Kansas State's success is due to its balanced offense. Robinson had 16 points and six assists.
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Double-doubles from Devonte' Graham and Malik Newman, along with some stingy zone defense, propelled the No. 7/7 Kansas Jayhawks past Kansas State, 70-56, January 29 inside Bramlage Coliseum in the 288th edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. Jeffrey Carroll had points to lead OSU.
For all the energy and fortune OSU lacked throughout the middle parts of the second half, the Cowboys showed plenty of spirit after the game. The red-shirt sophomore scored 22 on 8-14 shooting including 5 of 8 three pointers.
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