Big 12 Predictions: Can Kansas, West Virginia avoid upsets? 3/9/18


Graham just missed a double-double in the Oklahoma State quarterfinal with 10 points and nine assists.

While it would be a bummer for college basketball fans for Young to miss the tournament, chances are we'd all forget by the time the play-in games were over.

Despite delivering one of the game-saving moments of the night, Garrett was a lot less pleased with the team's performance overall than he was proud of his own contribution.

Duke: The Blue Devils had six turnovers on their first 14 possessions and just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game. Kansas rallied back and took a 35-30 lead after a flurry of Newman treys.

Makol Mawien did everything he could to win this one in Dean Wade's absence, scoring a career-high 29 points. On the other hand, Oklahoma continues to slide.

Hardly a surprise, given the teams split in the regular-season with each winning at home.

"Whoever we play, there will be unbelievable incentive for somebody other than Kansas to win to get a championship this year", Self said after dispatching Kansas State.

The game wasn't without drama.

But you can also point fingers at the Sooner coaching staff, suggesting that they didn't have the team sufficiently prepared to play and didn't make the right adjustments to counter how teams were playing them over the second half of the Big 12 round-robin schedule. But the 60-percent foul shooter missed the first of two free throws, forcing him to miss the second, and the Wildcats corralled the rebound to seal the win. Robinson started it with a free throw and ended it with a jumper, and Williams added five points during an 11-0 spurt that gave the Horned Frogs a 43-34 lead with 14½ minutes to go. Just past year, Xavier lost 10 of 15 after a 13-2 start, that included a 6-game losing streak. Led by star guard Trae Young, they were ranked fourth in the nation in mid-January, but went 8-10 in the league and plummeted to the No. 9 seed for the tournament.

In total, Lunardi had eight Big 12 schools in the field with Oklahoma State and Nebraska on the bubble but just missing the tournament. Now, those "B" games can range from tournament teams to teams barely in the Top 100, so there is some wiggle room there, but looking at it should give you a general sense of each team. That kicked off a 12-2 run that concluded with Brady Manek's 3-pointer and got Kruger's slumping bunch within 52-46 midway through the second half. The shot got the Jayhawks out to their largest lead at 16 points in the opening seconds of the second stanza.

Texas Tech is tough.

What earlier this year seemed like nearly a sure thing that Oklahoma would return to the NCAA Basketball Championship after a one-year absence has slowly and painfully deteriorated to the point that the Sooners' chances of making the NCAA Tournament field is a giant question mark. Kansas (25-7) shot 56.1 percent, including 40 percent from behind the arc. Game 2 Winner (ESPN/ESPN2) 7 p.m.

The Wildcats rank 126th in three pointers allowed per game (21.2) while the Jayhawks rank 246th (24.0).

The Longhorns erased a double-digit deficit to eliminate the reigning conference tournament champs. They will face West Virginia in Saturday's title game. WVU senior point guard Jevon Carter said of the biggest challenges when facing Baylor. Their last meeting came February 26, when the Mountaineers captured a 84-74 home victory.

Cameron McGriff scored 18 points, Jeffrey Carroll added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Kendall Smith finished with 11 points for the Cowboys (19-13), who led 58-53 with 6 minutes left before easing away down the stretch to set up a quarterfinal matchup with No. 1 seed Kansas.