Again, it was one of those little things.
"Just being more aggressive", he said. "We were just a step slow to loose balls".
So he made sure the Jayhawks didn't. With Kansas State being an average 3-point shooting team and having far from intimidating height, Kansas should win and cover. Since the Big 12's inception in 1996-97, Kansas is 20-2 in its first games, 1-0 in opening round games, 19-3 in the quarterfinals, 12-6 in semifinals and 10-2 in championship games.
The third matchup between the Cowboys and Jayhawks was decided by two things. "You just try to make him as inefficient as possible". I would predict that their chances are 50/50 at best.
His strong defense on Tech's final controlled play was critical. This team wanted to play Oklahoma State and they wanted to beat Oklahoma State. "I saw him in warmups and he said he was feeling good and his shot looked good, and he came out in the game and had that same swagger". 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. But regardless of where they are headed in the postseason, there is no getting around the fact that the team that was the biggest surprise early in the college basketball season remains one of the biggest surprises, but for a completely different reason.
"This is what it comes down to, the postseason", Newman said.
"Any time you get whipped on the boards like that, certainly they were much more aggressive", he said. "However, should we advance to Saturday's championship game, we will re-evaluate his status and going forward into next week's NCAA Tournament we have every indication he will be able to play". "Malik putting us on his back was huge".
Still, the Sooners kept trying to land the blow that would get them back in the game. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Devontae' Graham (17.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (15.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Udoka Azubuike (13.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Lagerald Vick (12.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg).
Come Thursday, the second half began with Kansas ahead, 43-42.
"If I sleep more than two hours tonight it will be more than I think I should after the way we played", Self said. "They're probably saying that was a great year and sometimes I think we get spoiled on what our expectations are".
That three by Svi made the score 66-50 at the under eight time out. Of all the 38 souls, only Oklahoma State's outrageously young Mike Boynton, 36, still treaded above.500.
"It's very disappointing", Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
Wade has averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
"It's about five guys on that court at one time". Graham was nine years old when it started.
"This is the time of year everybody in America is playing with energy and enthusiasm, and the games mean a lot".
Robinson concluded the contest with 16 points and six assists, making a career-high three shots from behind the three-point line to go along with a career-high three steals. After trading buckets during the early stages of the half, Newman's hot-hand returned at the 14:34 mark, when he nailed his fourth 3-pointer of the day.