Kansas State defeated TCU 66-64 in overtime on Thursday at Sprint Center to advance to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament, where the Wildcats will play the victor of Thursday afternoon's Kansas-Oklahoma State game on Friday. The Kansas State Wildcats needed overtime to take down the TCU Horned Frogs on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament.
Fourth-seeded Kansas State (21-10) and No. 5 seed TCU (21-10) are likely in the NCAA field, but a loss for either of them could mean the first-four game that the Wildcats played in last season.
Isabella covers the Big 12 for CNHI Sports. 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.
After earning most outstanding player honors in TCU's NIT championship run last season, Williams will play in his first NCAA tournament next week. Iowa State is the only team in the Big 12 that is more than 2 games under.500 in conference play, and they're 10 games under. The Frogs were 7 of 14 and Robinson was 1 of 5, including the intentional miss.
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"The big fella, he's a key part of our team, but without him, we can play a little faster and be a little scrappier and the guards, we were able to dictate the offense a little bit more", said Malik Newman, who led Kansas with 30 points.
The Red Raiders were deadly from behind the arc, connecting on a blazing 56 percent of their three-pointers.Senior guard Keenan Evans led the way for Texas Tech with 25 points.
Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber gets excited during the first half, Friday, March 9, . Mykhailiuk averages 15.2 points per game, which is second on the team. Azubuike averages 13.7 points and 7.1 boards. 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.
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The Celtics bench stayed hot, dropping 42 points, with Morris leading the way with 17 points (7-15 FG) and five rebounds. Brown was down for an extended period but was able to get up and walk off on his own power.
Kansas State ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Kansas ranks 129th (3.5).
In place of Azubuike, Kansas started sophomore Mitch Lightfoot and also used freshman Silvio DeSousa in a greater capacity. Kansas' effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Oklahoma State.
KU will start the pep rallies at 4 p.m.at the Kansas City Live stage. Kansas is a five point favorite on the early offshore line.
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Oklahoma State swept the ninth-ranked Jayhawks during the regular season. "You can play good basketball, really good basketball, and be on the short end of a one- or two-possession game". The shot got the Jayhawks out to their largest lead at 16 points in the opening seconds of the second stanza. After the Wildcats got out to an early 12-7 lead, Newman's first 3-pointer of the game sparked a 23-4 run that propelled Kansas to its first double-digit lead of the night.
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Larrazabal was tied for second place with Paul Peterson and Matteo Manassero, two shots behind leader Emiliano Grillo. And that challenge was real, as playing partners Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth would attest. "I'm revved up.
In the second matchup of the night session, West Virginia faced off with Baylor. The only thing the Bears had going for them was the play of Manu Lecomte, who poured in a game-high 27 points. When K-State almost beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on January 13, Barry Brown and Cartier Diarra combined for 30 points on 12-of-25 from the field and 4-of-9 from three-point range.