Kansas Clinches Share of Big 12 Title, While Oklahoma State Handles Kansas State
Kansas wins. Oklahoma State wins. And so ends the penultimate set of games in Big 12 men’s basketball regular season action.
The No. 1 Jayhawks (27-3, 16-1 in the Big 12) took care of TCU (16-14, 7-10), 75-66, while Oklahoma State (16-14, 6-11) defeated Kansas State (9-21, 2-15), 69-63 on Wednesday night.
Kansas took care of business at home, thanks to a huge night by center Udoka Azubuike, who had 31 points and 14 rebounds on 13-of-14 shooting. Devon Dotson added 18 points and 6 rebounds as the Jayhawks had to come from behind, down two points at halftime to TCU, to win the game.
The victory means KU clinched at least a share of the Big 12 Conference Title and a win on Saturday would give them the outright championship over Baylor.
Desmond Bane poured in 24 points for TCU, including six 3-pointers. Edric Dennis also scored six 3-pointers, ending up with 18 points.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State beat Kansas State by six points, with Cameron McGriff leading the way with 14 points. Thomas Dziagwa came off the bench for 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Cartier Diarra led Kansas State with 16 points, while Mike McGuirl had 11 points and Xavier Sneed had 10 points. The loss was Kansas State’s 10th straight.
With one game remaining in the regular season, TCU can play its way out of the first day of the tournament, but it must win on Saturday and get some help from the teams in front of them — West Virginia and Oklahoma. Fortunately, the Horned Frogs play Oklahoma, while the Mountaineers play Baylor in Morgantown.
While Oklahoma State clinched a spot in the first day of the Big 12 Tournament, the win ensured the Cowboys of a winning record going into the Big 12 Tournament as the Cowboys try and solidify a potential NIT berth.
Baylor faces West Virginia in Morgantown at noon eastern time to kick off Saturday’s games. After that Kansas faces Texas Tech at 1 p.m. CST, followed by Oklahoma State at Texas at 3 p.m., Iowa State at Kansas State at 3 p.m. and Oklahoma at TCU at 5 p.m.
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