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Jayhawks outlast Wildcats, advance to Big 12 final

Jayhawks outlast Wildcats, advance to Big 12 final

The difference between one week and two is obviously significant for Kansas given the time of year.

As Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff flew by to collect his sixth offensive rebound, Oklahoma's Jamuni McNeace just shook his head.

No. 8 Oklahoma State vs.

"The big fella, he's a key part of our team, but without him, we can play a little faster and be a little scrappier and the guards, we were able to dictate the offense a little bit more", said Malik Newman, who led Kansas with 30 points.

With 1:25 remaining in the first half of Thursday's game against Oklahoma State, and with Kansas' two big men - Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa - each with two fouls, Jayhawks coach Bill Self looked down his bench and called for James Sosinski. K-State has now advanced to the semifinals and will play Kansas tonight at 6 p.m. The Jayhawks stormed back with an 18-4 run of their own, however, and took a 43-42 lead into the break.

Notre Dame: Just like Oklahoma and Arizona State, Notre Dame was ranked in the top five earlier this season. Bane collected the pass and elevated into a buzzer-beating three-pointer that left his fingertips moments before the clock zero, sending TCU and Kansas State into overtime tied at 59.

Cartier Diarra scored at the other end for Kansas State, knotting the game 53-all.

The game wasn't without drama.

But the Wildcats outscored TCU 7-5 in overtime to advance. The Wildcats' Dean Wade tallied 12 points, marking his 20th consecutive outing of 10 points or more.

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It was the Jayhawks' eighth straight win over Kansas State (23-10), and they remained ideal in 10 games against their cross-state rival in the Big 12 Tournament. "I don't think it's even a question of whether we deserve to play in the NCAA Tournament". Game 8 Winner (ESPN) 6 p.m.

The Kansas State Wildcats (22-10) are coming from a 66-64 OT win over TCU in which Brrry Brown scored the go-ahead basket.

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. The nation's leading scorer (27.4), OU guard Trae Young, took a crack at it, draining three shots in a row before assisting on two 3-pointers.

No. 2 Texas Tech vs.

Louisville: The Cardinals entered the ACC Tournament squarely on the bubble and made quite a statement Wednesday with an 82-74 victory over Florida State. Additionally, they shot just 20% from three-point range, well below the team's 35.1% average.

Kansas opened as a 5-point favorite, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 141.5 points. Kansas averages 81.5 points per game and has a plus-10.4 scoring margin.

With their conference tournament stay over, the Longhorns will now sit and wait for the selection committee's decision.

The top-seeded Cavaliers (30-2) got several crucial plays from role player Jack Salt down the stretch and play for the title Saturday night in Brooklyn against sixth-seeded North Carolina, which beat fifth-ranked and second-seeded Duke 74-69.