The Sunflower Showdown never lacks intensity or drama, but Friday night's newest installment of the rivalry will have an extra dash of importance when Kansas and Kansas State meet for a spot in the Big 12 tournament championship. Graham collected his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 assists, while Newman joined his senior teammates in double-double territory for the first time in his career, netting 13 points and pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds. But it was to no avail in the win column. If they reached for Syracuse two years ago, sure, it's possible they could reach again, this time rewarding Oklahoma State for numerous high-end wins while largely ignoring an NAIA non-conference schedule. As a junior, Wade has one more year of eligibility and will likely stay at Kansas State to further refine his game. His ability to pass from the high-post combined with the fact that the shooting ability of Joel Berry II, Kenny Williams and Cam Johnson on the perimeter makes them a nightmare offensively, one that can not be overwhelmed by a front line the size of Duke's.
Kansas State corralled the rebound to seal the win. He hit mid-range jumpers. Wade was ruled out Friday afternoon "as a precautionary measure", per the school, after injuring his left foot. "I thought K-State played hard".
I'm not going to say that's going to be the main factor. "And now coach tells us we can just go out and play our best ball because we don't have to worry about the streak no more". "We can only control what we can control".
The Jayhawks did respond after K-State cut the gap to two. He followed that with another scoring flurry, all of which came at the rim. The 'Cats only scored 30 in the first half. When they got a stop and had an opportunity to take the lead moments later the purple-clad fans in attendance were going wild.
TCU guard Alex Robinson capitalized, drawing a foul on KSU forward Makol Mawien, which gave him a chance to send the contest into a second overtime, as the Horned Frogs were down two, 66-64, with 1.5 seconds left.
None of this surprised his teammates. But at the same time, we have to just get back to what we do, get focused.
TCU guard Desmond Bane celebrates his buzzer-beater three-pointer.
"I don't think it surprised me", Diarra said. "Get open. Get open.' That's all that's going through your mind". We had 'em in the - but it's in that chaotic state where you're running back, and, you know, they made a great play. They have really good length. Kansas shot 56.1% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc in the victory.
He did that and then some.
The top-seeded Jayhawks averted that setback, however, and did so without starting center Udoka Azubuike.
But because of games that happened almost five months ago, the Cowboys will have to wait until Sunday to know whether those 10 people deem them worthy.
Mawien, who shot an efficient 13-for-19 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. The Jayhawks will now head to the Big 12 Tournament title game. The Jayhawks had a rate of 0.632 (above their season average of 0.577), while the Cowboys posted a mark of 0.447 (below their season average of 0.506). The Sun Devils were the last remaining unbeaten Division I team after a sizzling start that included a road win at No. 9Kansas and a neutral-site victory over No. 3 Xavier. "I had 40, 50 texts, people saying unbelievable effort by your kids and with all your situations you still competed with one of the best teams in the country".