Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals roundup

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Jayhawks are going to the NCAA Tournament for the 47th season.

On Wednesday, March 7, the Big 12 tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City gets underway.

Wade injured his foot in the waning moments of Kansas State's overtime win over TCU in the quarterfinal game.

"I made a big-time turnover that I needed to make up for, and I'm going to be honest, I was like, you're making these two free throws", Pinson said. He had them locked in.

Besides Azubuike, Texas came to Kansas City without the services of Mo Bamba. "I think if you watch us play, and certainly if you watch us play here in the last two weeks, you'll look out there and say, 'Wow, that team is really good.' We don't wow you with a bunch of pros, but collectively they're a pretty good group and they'd showed that today against a team that will likely be a No. 1 seed". We got down 7. "I know that we had no momentum and that was something that at least gave us a little bit".

But as Weber said - if the Wildcats get there, Wade will be ready to go.

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.

The Jayhawks shot better and limited the Cowboys' fast-break points in their victory. Lightfoot averages only 3.7 points and has only cracked double digits twice this season. Kansas State lost by just one point at Kansas, but was routed by 14 at home in the rematch.

"We watched throughout the history of the game - that Steph Curry stayed three years, you know", he said. It's not an excuse, it's a reality. "We also put ourselves in that position to have to play in that scenario, and Kansas earned the right to have the extra day of rest".

"I thought they played better than us", a still-disappointed Kansas coach Bill Self said, "but I thought a lot of it was self-inflicted".

Maye hit a jumper to give North Carolina what seemed like a safe 72-56 lead.

The game went back and forth in overtime and the score was tied 64-64 with 34.5 seconds remaining.

That sparked a 14-0 run by the Jayhawks during the next 6:25.

Dean WadeKansas State's star player had yet another successful week playing against Big 12 opponents.

"I'll just tell you as a dad, it kind of scares me because I'm looking at it as if he's being ridiculed the way he is now, what if he doesn't come back and average 30 and 10 next year?" he said. "They played a little more locked in". After Williams missed at the other end, Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon elected to play defense rather than foul the Wildcats. It's allowed teams like Kansas to boost its resume as a potential No. 1 seed while providing opportunities for those down in the standings to jolt their profiles.

Smith agreed, saying the Cowboys didn't have their best outing.

Brown called for the ball in another clutch situation and made a shot that kept the Wildcats dancing. I don't feel like this is it. 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. Evans was seven-of-10 from the field and connected on nine-of-14 free throws.

Eight of TCU's ten losses to Big 12 teams this season have been by six points or fewer.

The Red Raiders will take on the Mountaineers in the second semifinal game tomorrow, scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Until then, they'll keep working.

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