Big 12 Tournament 2018: Semifinals Scores, Championship Bracket and Schedule

Kansas State Tops TCU in OT: Kansas On Deck

As for Oklahoma State, their fate is now in the hands of the selection committee.

So, why use it?

The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship is well underway at the Sprint Center. Undoubtedly, the Cowboys are playing like an at-large-caliber team, but following their loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, they are facing steep odds to earn a bid. "Some of us have more bruises than the others".

The Oklahoma State Cowboys handled the horrific Sooners in the first round much like they handled the Jayhawks in both meetings earlier this season, a first for Kansas Basketball. In the other half of the bracket No. 2 Texas Tech plays No. 3 West Virginia with a scheduled tip-off at 8 p.m.

Ultimately the Big 12 Tourney comes down to expected sportsbook bonuses on Kansas vs. the rest.

The quality of play, unsurprisingly, has led to the top conference RPI in the country.

That kind of explosiveness could make K-State a more formidable NCAA draw if Wade and Brown indeed are back, and the Wildcats also had to be encouraged by some solid performances off the bench and the testament to character that their rally was. Kansas State shot 46.4% from the field and 20.0% (3-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. "I'll sleep well this week knowing that if anybody who watched our team play, hard to deny we're a pretty damn good team and worthy of the tournament and can have success against anybody". Racing to a 14-2 start that included five wins over ranked opponents, the Sooners were ranked as high as fourth in the nation in January, looking like a lock for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Smith is hopeful eight ice-cold minutes against Kansas won't undo Oklahoma State's chance at a resilient and resurgent spring.

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Either way, history could be made with eight teams making the field. OSU, not included in many bracket projections, was fighting for its tournament life and played like it. "I mean, you have your Kyrie Irvings and your John Walls, but for us, our goal as a family was for him to go to school and get a good education and continue to grow on and off the court and let his body grow so when the time was right he could step into that next level and be ready".

"It just shows you the balance of the league".

"I don't know how the thought process works, but we're still talking about humans and everybody has a different way to think about things", OSU coach Mike Boynton said after Saturday's win.

Kansas State corralled the rebound to seal the win. Either seed shouldn't hurt Kansas either way. OU enters the week with an RPI of 36). Kansas covered as a 1.5-point favorite and the game finished with a total of 126 points, which was 21.5 points below the projected point total of 147.5 points.

"There's no bottom in the coaching". He had just seven points in KU's regular-season ending loss to Oklahoma State.

The same can be said for Texas.

North Carolina was up 16 with 5 1/2 minutes left, all set to cruise to a victory that would snap a six-game Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament losing streak against Duke and put the Tar Heels in the championship for a record 35th time. Graham just missed a double-double in the Oklahoma State quarterfinal with 10 points and nine assists.

While the Sooners dropped off after a hot start to the season, they still have Trae Young on their roster - one of the most dynamic and compelling young players in college basketball. Lon Krueger has half a team as coach.


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