KANSAS CITY, MO — In what was very possibly the last Big 12 game of the 2021-22 college basketball season, this league, which proved to be the best in the sport this season, put on one final show. Kansas and Texas Tech met in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament Championship in a back-and-forth game that lived up to the hype between what has consistently been two of the top teams in the conference this season.
There were 14 lead changes and five ties in this game, but it was the Kansas Jayhawks who locked up their 12th Big 12 Tournament Title and their first since 2018 in a 74-65 win over the Red Raiders at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.
Like any team that wins its conference tournament, Kansas should be feeling good about itself, but to make things even better for KU, the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Remy Martin, who hasn’t lived up to the hype this season due to a knee injury, played his best back-to-back games in months and at the perfect time.
With the game tied at 27 with four minutes remaining in the first half, Martin would go on to score the final 10 points of the half for KU as the Jayhawks took a 37-36 lead into the locker room. Martin played 26 minutes, his most since January 4th against Oklahoma State, and finished the game with 12 points. This performance came one night after Martin claimed his knee was finally “100%”, which couldn’t be coming at a better time.
It was a balanced scoring attack for Kansas, as David McCormack led the way with a double-double, finishing with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while finishing 8-9 from the free throw line. There were five KU players who scored in double figures, with Ochai Agbaji (15 points), Christian Braun (14) and Jalen Wilson (12) joining McCormack and Martin.
After the win, McCormack told ESPN this team won the game because they, “Listened to the scouting report, [and by] having a lot of heart and having a lot of fight.”
KU also dominated Texas Tech at the free throw line, where the Jayhawks finished 25-32 and Texas Tech only went 6-13.
The Red Raiders were led by Bryson Williams, who scored 17 points with four rebounds, but ended up fouling out late in the game. Terrence Shannon Jr. added 14 points, while Kevin Obanor added 11.
Both teams will now await their seeding come Selection Sunday, however Kansas locked itself up a No. 1 seed, while Texas Tech is projected to be a No. 3 seed.