Kansas vs. Kansas State - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Cowboys couldn't keep up with a fresh KU squad that was out for blood.

The Kansas basketball team has advanced to the Big 12 Tournament final.

The Horned Frogs were celebrating new life when Desmond Bane's 3-pointer beat the buzzer to force overtime against Kansas State in Thursday's quarterfinals. I'm not going to say that's going to be the main factor. He had them locked in.

"Ultimately our defense has not been what I wanted it to be", TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. "We were leading the conference in lowest turnovers, lowest in the country, and that's been hurting us now".

OSU junior Tavarius Shine agreed.

"We don't necessarily as a family need Trae to go to the National Basketball Association to take care of the whole family", Rayford Young said.

That came only five days after another turn of, There goes Malik.

The Tar Heels beat their heated Tobacco Road rivals for the first time in the conference tournament since the 1998 championship game.

The Jayhawks shot better and limited the Cowboys' fast-break points in their victory.

The Longhorns weren't almost as efficient as their counterparts-they shot 43.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-but Jacob Young's out-of-nowhere eruption off the bench kept them afloat.

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Depth was a problem once again, as Young paced the Sooners with 22 points on 7 of 21 shooting, 5 of 13 on 3-pointers, adding five assists with four turnovers.

"We just wanted to come out, be aggressive and play tough", Newman said, "because we haven't played tough against those guys". Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma were all considered bubble teams that will make the tournament. It's not an excuse, it's a reality. It also ended a streak of three straight conference tournaments in which the Horned Frogs had won at least one game.

"I never thought it would be possible to get nine teams in the NCAA tournament, but we're giving it as good of a shot as you possibly can", said Dixon.

The top-seeded Jayhawks averted that setback, however, and did so without starting center Udoka Azubuike. The Cowboys trimmed the lead to two on a jumper by Tavarius Shine.

That's part of the jagged fabric of the land, and it's part of life at the kingdom of Kansas, where Malik Newman plays and deluged 30 points upon Oklahoma State on Thursday in the Big 12 quarterfinals and ensured an evening of as much Aw, hey Malik, how you doing, as he could stand.

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

In that game, Oklahoma's Trae Young couldn't pull off the foul and Kendall Smith wound up hitting a 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime, where the Cowboys won. But you knew as soon as they'd steal it that he'd go steal it back and we'd get a layup out of it.

Although Self said he was not complaining about the result, it was crystal clear, both through his words and those of the Kansas players scattered throughout the KU locker room, that a similar showing on Saturday would not lead to the same result. "They're a No. 1 seed for a reason and they showed it today". I don't feel like this is it. 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. Carroll led the Pokes with 17 points. The only thing the Bears had going for them was the play of Manu Lecomte, who poured in a game-high 27 points.

The semifinal starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. "That's something that I was doing throughout the season, but I think right now I just have a free mind".