Big 12: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Big 12: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks

After losing four straight games toward the end of the regular season, Texas Tech is beginning to look more like the team that had challenged Kansas for much of the Big 12 schedule.

Should the Sooners miss out on March Madness, it will be the third consecutive year that one of the top players in college ball missed the NCAA Tournament.

Fortunately for Kansas, the Wildcats aren't really equipped to take advantage of this weakness, as they rank 249th and 312th nationally in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, respectively.

Meanwhile, Kansas owns records of 25-7 SU and 15-14-1 ATS.

Cartier Diarra scored or Kansas State, knotting the game 53-all. In practice before we came up here (for tournament) I told him, "Stop passing the ball, just shoot it.' He's shooting it".

Williams led TCU, earning his 13th double-double this season and 34th of his career with game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma State's early surge, which included a 16-2 run. Devonte' Graham put up a double-double in the victory with 16 points and 11 assists. The Horned Frogs had forced overtime on Desmond Bane's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The team had no trouble regaining control of the game, racing out to 40-27 lead, due in part to three three-point makes in a row from senior guard Daxter Miles Jr.

No Udoka Azubuike, no problem.

KU for the second straight night was led by Newman, who had a career-high 30 points against Oklahoma State on Thursday. The Irish struggled when Associated Press preseason All-American Bonzie Colson missed 15 games with a broken bone in his left foot, but he's back now and helped Notre Dame (20-13) rally from a 21-point, second-half deficit in a 71-65 ACC Tournament victory over Virginia Tech.

One of OSU's weak nonconference games was against ACC-opponent Pittsburgh, which had its worst season in recent history, going winless in conference play.

Kansas State clawed right back thanks to a series of Horned Frogs miscues. Now, the Sooners have lost eight of ten, including their Big 12 Tournament opener Wednesday against Oklahoma State.

From there KU kept the Wildcats at arm's length, connecting on 10-of-12 free throws in the final 4:08 to salt away the win, 83-67, and move on to the Big 12 Championship game.

Of course, steady backcourt play will also be key for Bruce Weber's squad. The Jayhawks led for 35:28 and trailed for less than three minutes, but they might have had a much tougher task had it not been for Garrett's big play.

That man was sophomore guard Malik Newman, who began playing for the Jayhawks this year after sitting out last season under NCAA rules following his transfer from Mississippi State.

The Jayhawks won both regular season matchups, 73-72 in Lawrence, 70-56 in Manhattan.

Double-doubles from Devonte' Graham and Malik Newman, along with some stingy zone defense, propelled the No. 7/7 Kansas Jayhawks past Kansas State, 70-56, January 29 inside Bramlage Coliseum in the 288th edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. All four posted double-figure point totals, led by Malik Newman's 22.

For Kansas State, the win should provide a major boost.

The Wildcats' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 5.1 for the season.

"That was huge", said senior Svi Mykhailiuk, who finished with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. We shot 46 percent, and we were way up on the rebounds, but it turned the other way in the second half: "they were way more physical than us, that was evident".



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