The Jayhawks are 9-0 against their in-state rival at the tournament. Udoka Azubuike is out of action for the Big 12 tournament with a knee sprain and coach Bill Self needed help. Still, the Cowboys would demolish the old record for lowest-ranked RPI for an at-large tourney team, which would be effectively admitting their selection process is not what they claim it to be.
But its resume speaks for itself.
Even though the Big 12 tournament has gone to chalk so far, it's still produced its share of excitement.
"With a guy like that, he's a tremendous player and will continue to have a great basketball career", OSU coach Mike Boynton said. "I think there are things we can watch and learn from and getter better at". You gotta give them credit, but we came back. 7 Kansas and at home against then-No. The Oklahoma freshman led the nation in scoring and assists during the regular season.
Three of its road victories are at places that are some of the most challenging in the country. The victor of the game will play either West Virginia or Texas Tech, who play in the second semi-final game Friday night.
It marked the third time in as many meetings this season K-State held the Frogs to 68 points or less.
The model has taken into account Oklahoma State's late-season surge.
CBS Sports' Jerry Palm does not have Oklahoma State in the field and does not list it as one of the "First Four Out".
Young can help manufacture breaks for himself, by getting some easy points at the free-throw line, but lately, those have been hard to generate.
There are good reasons for that.
None of this is to discount what Oklahoma has accomplished.
After a missed jumper from Brown, TCU responded with a dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer from sophomore guard Desmond Bane. His father knows what the expectations would be, and he remembers the criticism that came with Oklahoma's six-game losing streak. Every other Self team has been inside the Top 10 in the Pomeroy efficiency rankings. Young was bypassed by both the coaches and the AP for Big 12 Player of the Year.
"Anybody" includes Kansas, the team that ended OSU's quest to reach the Big 12 tournament semifinals for the first time in five years. But to keep it simple, when taking his assists plus total points, Young only improved in the second game of two Big 12 series this season, against OSU and Kansas State.
Few travel to Lawrence and win.
Jarrett Culver added 13 points for the deep and talented Red Raiders (24-8), who had lost four of their last five in the regular season but appeared to recapture their mojo in Kansas City.
"This team is easy to nitpick with because when we're good, it's magnified in ways because we can shoot and move the ball, and when we're bad it's magnified because we don't do the things in grind-it-out games that a lot of teams do", Self said. The Fighting Irish still have work to do, and a win Thursday night over Duke would go a long way toward securing the program's eighth NCAA tournament berth in nine years. "We feel we should have won these two games down the stretch, but we didn't", Dixon said. Oklahoma State dominated the glass and outscored Oklahoma 19-2 in second-chance points.
But former University High School star Kenrich Williams delivered one of his best all-around games of the season for the Horned Frogs with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three steals.