Insane Buzzer-Beater Sends TCU-Kansas State To OT

Lawrence Cooper
March 12, 2018

Sophomore guard Malik Newman scored a career-high 30 points Thursday as Kansas avenged two regular-season losses to Oklahoma State and stopped the Cowboys 82-68 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament at Kansas City, Mo.

No. 4 Kansas State 66, No. 5 TCU 64: Barry Brown's go-ahead layup with 11.2 seconds left lifted Kansas State past the Horned Frogs in overtime.

"There's still some guys standing, most of us", the first-year coach OSU said during Monday's Big 12 conference call. With a potential 9 Big 12 teams dancing this year, the conference could in the headlines for weeks to come. Including 2018, Kansas has appeared in eight of the last nine semifinals, beginning in 2010. Kansas State could use this win a lot more than the Jayhawks, so I will take the points.

The victor of the K-State and KU matchup will advance to the finals on Saturday.

The situation was much like the January 20 Bedlam game in Stillwater when Oklahoma had a chance to win in regulation and could've benefitted from a committing a foul late to make it more hard for the Cowboys to have enough time to get up a potential game-tying shot.

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, are headed back to the conference championship stage for the third time since 2015. KU pulls down 35.4 rebounds per game and has outrebounded two of its last three and three of its last five opponents.

TCU guard Kenrich Williams finishes a lay-up over the Kansas State defense. Bruce Weber and his Wildcats led by 3 in the final seconds of regulation before seeing TCU hit a three pointer to tie the game.

"There are no bad losses, just good win opportunities", Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

KU for the second straight night was led by Newman, who had a career-high 30 points against Oklahoma State on Thursday.

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Kansas used a 14-0 run to open the second half and take a commanding lead over Oklahoma State, the team that swept the Jayhawks during the regular season. Meanwhile, OSU shot 40.9 percent and 22.7 percent from 3-point range.

Advantage ... Kansas, the better team to begin with and certainly all the more so with Brown out for the game with the unspecified but nasty eye injury that included bleeding. Azubuike averages 13.7 points and 7.1 boards.

"It kinda felt weird, without their two best players", Graham added after scoring 15 points on 3-of-11 shooting and dishing eight assists. Junior G Lagerald Vick scores 12.1 points per game and he is second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.

Marcus Garrett and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk responded with back-to-back threes, before Graham converted on his first and the Jayhawks' seventh trey of the first half.

Game 3 victor vs. His replacements, Mitch Lightfoot (56.9 percent) and Silvio De Sousa (60.0), don't quite stack up. Kansas State had a brutally weak schedule that hurt its RPI, while the Horned Frogs were just 9-9 in the league.

Head coach Bill Self's Kansas team broke even with the spread this year.

From that point on, there was no looking back for the Mountaineers as they would not trail again for the rest of the game.

The shorthanded Kansas basketball team used outstanding defense to beat Oklahoma State. Of the Wildcats' 28 games that accepted bets, 17 have finished under the projected point total. Kansas came out with a much more aggressive mentality on both ends of the floor, and the Cowboys hit a scoring drought of nearly 8 minutes in the second half that made the difference.

According to oddsmakers, West Virginia is favored in this game, as the Mountaineers are getting odds of -2 points against the Red Raiders.

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