Big 12 Basketball

TCU Beats Kansas and Throws Big 12 Lead into Tie

The TCU Horned Frogs beat the Kansas Jayhawks, 74-64, on Tuesday night, meaning that the Baylor Bears now share first place in the Big 12 with the Jayhawks.

It also further bolstered the case for TCU (19-9, 8-8 in Big 12) for the NCAA Tournament. Entering Tuesday’s game ESPN projected the Horned Frogs as a No. 9 seed in the 68-team field. TCU remained in fifth place by itself in the Big 12, one game ahead of Iowa State. The Horned Frogs do have two games left — one at Kansas on Thursday and the finale on Saturday at West Virginia.

TCU outscored Kansas 40-29 in the second half, with Mike Miles leading the way for the Horned Frogs with 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Damion Baugh and Emanuel Miller added 11 points each.

 

Kansas (23-6, 12-4) is now tied with Baylor for first place in the Big 12. The Jayhawks, like the Horned Frogs, have two games left. After hosting TCU on Thursday, the Jayhawks host Texas on Saturday.

Kansas and Baylor were considered No. 1 seeds in ESPN’s latest projections. The Jayhawks and Bears split their season series, and now the possibility exists that the Bears, and not the Jayhawks, could be the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson scored 13 points each, while David McCormack had 11 points and Christian Braun added 10 points.

Earlier Tuesday, Oklahoma defeated West Virginia, 72-59, as the Sooners are trying to crawl back onto the NCAA Tournament bubble. It was Oklahoma’s second straight win and they now prepare for their season finale against Kansas State on Saturday.

Wednesday’s only Big 12 game pits Oklahoma State against Iowa State at 6 p.m.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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