Brutal Big 12 tourney could decide NCAA tourney fates

by Olga Hunt March 12, 2018, 6:29
Brutal Big 12 tourney could decide NCAA tourney fates

"Russell was an average ball handler", Self began. Mykhailiuk averages 15.2 points per game, which is second on the team. And people would steal the ball from him. Hopefully we get to watch Wade play on the national stage in the NCAA Tournament. "We don't have enough of that".

But after Wednesday's 71-60 loss to Oklahoma State in the opener of the Big 12 Tournament - Oklahoma's 11th defeat in 15 games and eighth in its past 10 - the Sooners are now left sweating until Sunday to see if they'll be invited to the tournament at all.

The most electric player in college basketball seems to have lost confidence in his shot since his awesome first half of the season.

"The big fellow (Azubuike) is a key part to our team, but without him we can play a little faster and be a little scrappier", Newman said.

According to Garrett's teammates, the momentum that came from that sequence was the difference in the game. That kicked off a 12-2 run that concluded with Brady Manek's 3-pointer and got Kruger's slumping bunch within 52-46 midway through the second half. "That let us calm down".

Still, the Sooners kept trying to land the blow that would get them back in the game.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and starting guards Devonte' Graham and Malik Newman discuss the Jayhawks' 83-67 victory over rival Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament semifinal round.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats learned Friday morning they'd be without All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade, who hurt his foot in their quarterfinal win over TCU. They've won the crown three times in that span.

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Despite delivering one of the game-saving moments of the night, Garrett was a lot less pleased with the team's performance overall than he was proud of his own contribution. Texas State has been poor at defending the paint, but superb at closing off the 3-point line. "I acted like I was going to run back on D, turned around real quick and was able to get a steal".

It's not as if the ninth-ranked Jayhawks (26-7) were awful. They looked slow and exhausted in the final minutes but managed to survive overtime because TCU missed a lot of free throws. Diarra led the game with 4 assists at halftime. This Cowboys team has been in the middle of many upsets in the Big 12 this season, they beat Trae Young and Oklahoma twice, once at their peak, they beat West Virginia, they beat Texas Tech, and they beat Kansas twice.

Brown returned to the bench after being treated in the locker room, but did not return to the game.

Kansas State's Barry Brown scored the go-ahead layup with 11.2 seconds left in overtime, and Alex Robinson missed a pair of foul shots at the other end for TCU, allowing the Wildcats to escape with a 66-64 victory in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. A slumping Longhorns squad played its way off the bubble and into the field, for now, with a home win this past Saturday over West Virginia.

"We're happy we won".

Instead, they rallied to cut the lead to two before fading for good and got something out of this.

Boynton said after his team's rough-and-tumble win over the Sooners that he didn't buy into the notion that beating a team three times was any more hard than beating it once.

To begin with, if you can's score with any regularity - can you believe we're talking about a team that still ranks No. 4 in the country in scoring offense? - and you can't or won't play defense, your chances of winning are greatly diminished. "Because if we come back with the mindset we came out (with) tonight, we'll be losing tomorrow".

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