Kansas basketball: Sunflower Showdown 3 preview, where to watch

Kansas basketball: Sunflower Showdown 3 preview, where to watch

The third time was the charm for Kansas. Now, the Sooners have lost eight of ten, including their Big 12 Tournament opener Wednesday against Oklahoma State.

No one would question whether Oklahoma State was a tournament team.

"We were just trying to stay fundamentally sound on defense", OSU guard Kendall Smith said.

The Horned Frogs had the ball with the game tied at 64 and 34 seconds to go in overtime.

That's when the Jayhawks finally caught fire, going on an 18-4 charge to turn things around. WVU had swept Baylor in the regular season, taking a 57-54 victory in Morgantown in early January and following that with a 71-60 win in Waco on February 20. If Oklahoma State happens to go dancing, they could put many teams on upset alert. Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas should be in barring some unexplained meltdown in Kansas City.

The game wasn't without drama.

No. 1-seed Kansas topped No. 8-seed Oklahoma State Thursday, 82-68, while No. 4-seed Kansas State advanced by way of a 66-64 overtime win over No. 5-seed TCU.

Many will argue K-State should have fouled TCU on its final possession, as sending the Horned Frogs to the free-throw line would have taken a potential game-tying shot off the table, and that's fair. The Wildcats' Dean Wade tallied 12 points, marking his 20th consecutive outing of 10 points or more.

Now, the Sooners must anxiously await their NCAA Tournament fate. Game 8 Winner (ESPN) 6 p.m.

No. 1 Kansas def. He did, though won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award and targets the Big 12 Tournament honour. While everyone knows Kansas is a blueblood and sure to make a deep run, can you really count out the other teams?

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Wade played 41 minutes against TCU and apparently suffered in the injury in the second half. Though Virginia plays at one of the nation's slowest pace, it has a highly efficient offense with each of the squad's top three scorers shooting over 38 percent from 3-point range.

Texas Tech is tough. The Cowboys, on the NCAA bubble, were bidding for a fifth win over a top 10 opponent after winning four of their previous five.

The Longhorns weren't almost as efficient as their counterparts-they shot 43.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-but Jacob Young's out-of-nowhere eruption off the bench kept them afloat. Averaging 27 points and nine assists per game, Young has shown an ability to completely take over games, putting up numbers that look utterly preposterous in the box score of a game that only goes for 40 minutes.

Brown's long 3-pointer missed with eight seconds left, and that gave Bane enough time - by a fraction of a second - to hit his only basket of the game and force overtime.

The Longhorns erased a double-digit deficit to eliminate the reigning conference tournament champs. "I feel like we have a lot more basketball to play".

Kansas behemoth Undoka Azubuike sprained the MCL in his left knee in practice on Tuesday, and will reportedly not be available for any of the Jayhawks' action in K.C. this week. That's it, according to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.

Baylor finished the night with 22 turnovers compared to 11 assists.

Marvin Bagley III followed up his 33-point, 17-rebound game against Notre Dame Thursday with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Duke.

The Mountaineers were careless in their own right with 16 turnovers.

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.

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