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KU, K-State face off Friday at Big 12 tournament — Sunflower Showdown

KU, K-State face off Friday at Big 12 tournament — Sunflower Showdown

Kenrich Williams led the Frogs with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) defends against a drive by Kansas State guard Mike McGuirl.

Wade has shown tremendous touch as a big man. Desmond Bane had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds after being fouled, but missed the first free throw and then the second in an effort for an offensive rebound and putback. I've got to come out and play harder. Wade could end up on an National Basketball Association team due to his size and ability to stretch the floor. "I obviously expected us to keep winning, hopefully to have a chance to get a 1-seed, 2-seed, up in that range".

The junior forward is averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. KU has won the title seven times under Self, the last championship attained in 2015-16 after last year's flop in the quarterfinals. "We've played our best basketball in the last two and a half weeks". They are allowing teams to score just 67.5 points per game. This was one of their most hard-fought games of the season. K-State's band will follow at 4:30 p.m.

The Kansas State Wildcats finished as the fourth seed in the Big 12. They are the only team in the conference with an overall losing record.

The Cowboys had no such issues, as they passed the torch from player to player as they burned through the Sooners' defense. The list goes on and on.

When the halftime buzzer rang, they found themselves trailing 35-28. It was truly a disappointing season for Iowa State fans.

The Jayhawks did respond after K-State cut the gap to two. For a guy that shoots over 60% for the season, that's pretty bad. On KU's next possession Silvio De Sousa had a tip-in put back and the KU offense was back on track. In order for Kansas to stop this miniature streak, they will have to do it without the player with the nation's best field goal percentage.

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No Udoka Azubuike, no problem. It will take a lot, but Bill Self could pull it off.

Wade wasn't in the lineup because of a foot injury, while Brown was forced to leave minutes into the first half after he was hit in the face. Oklahoma has regressed tremendously without the hot shooting from Young.

Most bracketologists said the Cowboys needed a win over the Jayhawks in the Big 12 quarterfinals to punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. His, father, former Texas Tech guard Rayford Young, said they will consider the controversy surrounding the NCAA, the projected strength of the draft and what Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger says about it all. "I'm proud of them". Clemson has been a bit more of a defensive-oriented team as well, but is coming off a 90-82 shootout with Boston College.

Ultimately the Big 12 Tourney comes down to expected sportsbook bonuses on Kansas vs. the rest.

The Jayhawks, without their own top inside threat, used motion and screening to get high-percentage shots and open jumpers against Oklahoma State. WVU had swept Baylor in the regular season, taking a 57-54 victory in Morgantown in early January and following that with a 71-60 win in Waco on February 20. Svi Mykhailiuk led all scorers with 22 points as KU held the Wildcats to 32 percent shooting and claimed its second victory over its in-state rival this season.

You can also chalk up Oklahoma's struggles to the strength of the teams in the Big 12 Conference. While everyone knows Kansas is a blueblood and sure to make a deep run, can you really count out the other teams? In the last five games of Big 12 play, Azubuike averaged 13 points, including 20 in a win against Texas and 21 in a win over top-25 West Virginia.

Arguably the biggest question remains how, or if, the league's parity could possibly hinder the number of teams to make the 68-team field.

Day two of the Big 12 Championship came and went in the blink of an eye.