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Big 12 Predictions: Can Kansas, West Virginia avoid upsets? 3/9/18

12 March, 2018, 09:18 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Oklahoma State Beats Oklahoma In Big 12 Opening Round

The Kansas State Wildcats will take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 Conference semifinal round on Friday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Scottrade Center, St Louis, MO.

The Sunflower Showdown never lacks intensity or drama, but Friday night's newest installment of the rivalry will have an extra dash of importance when Kansas and Kansas State meet for a spot in the Big 12 tournament championship.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) tries to pull a ball from Kansas State forward Makol. And they also swept Kansas in the regular season -- including an 18-point win in the regular season finale and a win at Allen Fieldhouse -- to become the first team since 2001 to sweep Kansas during conference play. For Oklahoma State, the loss left their NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy, as they came into the contest firmly on the bubble. Newman is coming off a career-high 30 points against OSU in the quarterfinals, which included 11-for-15 shooting, 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

The teams opened the second half trading baskets and Tavarius Shine's jumper made it 52-50 Kansas with 14:59 left in the game.

"We just wanted to come out and be aggressive... execute the game plan, have fun and be tough", Newman added.

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Cartier Diarra scored at the other end for Kansas State, knotting the game 53-all.

In a game that featured 13 ties and 14 lead changes, Kansas State prevailed in the first overtime game of the tournament. While little-used players Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa filled in admirably for Azubuike, Kansas still lacked size and ultimately allowed Oklahoma State to grab a whopping 18 offensive rebounds.

Hewitt, who is now a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers, has some history with Oklahoma State. Mykhailiuk averages 15.2 points per game, which is second on the team. KU has won the title seven times under Self, the last championship attained in 2015-16 after last year's flop in the quarterfinals.

The game wasn't without drama. TCU has only been held under 70 points six times this season, but three have come against Kansas State. Graham is among the conference leaders in assists (7.3), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6), 3-point field goals made (2.9) and steals (1.7).

Kansas State has won 4 of their last 6 games and has been led by their defense this season that ranks 54th in scoring defense, 99th in defensive FG%, and 24th in steals per game.

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Right now, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Oklahoma State as one of the "First Four Out" in his latest Bracketology.

It is debatable whether the Sooners will make it into the NCAA Tournament.

The Horned Frogs will head back to Fort Worth and await their NCAA Tournament destination.

The Horned Frogs missed 7 of its 14 looks at the charity stripe to the Wildcats 11 of 17 and TCU gave away the basketball three more times, 14, than KSU, 11.

"Hopefully, that solidifies our chance to be in the NCAA Tournament". They eventually pushed the advantage to 43-30 by the break. The Longhorns used hot shooting from guard Jacob Young to sneak back in the game and narrow the gap at halftime.The sophomore finished with 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting, including six-for-seven on three pointers.He had help from freshman guard Matt Coleman, who poured in 20 points, but their efforts were still not enough.

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The Jayhawks have emerged victorious in both games against the Wildcats this year, including a 14-point victory in their last matchup. We had them as a No. 6 seed prior to Thursday's games, so they won't drop any further than a No. 8 seed going forward.



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