Newman explodes as No. 9 Kansas defeats Oklahoma State

Jayhawks aplenty on 2017-18 All Big 12 teams

As a junior, Wade has one more year of eligibility and will likely stay at Kansas State to further refine his game.

News outlets such as Complex, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated and the Big Lead mentioned Young in the same breath as Curry. By dishing out 22 assists against Northwestern State on December 19, he tied the NCAA record for most assists in a game (assists became official in 1983-84) while breaking both Oklahoma and Big 12 records (both were 18 assists).

The 4-seed Kansas State Wildcats improved to 22-10 (10-8 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 5-seed TCU Horned Frogs, 66-64 in OT, yesterday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship.

Then the Cowboys raced out to a 10-point lead in their quarterfinal matchup. Like most other complementary players in college basketball, the sophomore forward is inconsistent and still learning his role.

Almost every statistic was nearly identical between the two teams as they both shot 46 percent from the field, hauled in 33 rebounds, and the Wildcats scored just two more points in the paint, 32-30, than the Horned Frogs. And really over the course of the season we've done some really good work.

"I think we've done what we're supposed to do", Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said.

"I don't think this is the time of the year you relax", Shine said. "But it's that chaotic state where you're running back, and - you know - they made a great play".

TCU guard Alex Robinson capitalized, drawing a foul on KSU forward Makol Mawien, which gave him a chance to send the contest into a second overtime, as the Horned Frogs were down two, 66-64, with 1.5 seconds left. However, when they play good defense and are dialed in mentally, they are one of the nation's best teams. "We wanted to execute, have fun and be tough".

From there, Kansas was simply too much for the Cowboys in the second half despite 17 points from Jeffrey Carroll and 14 from Kendall Smith.

"We're a tournament team". He has said he will sit down with his family after the season to decide what is next.

"Malik got on a roll and basically carried us offensively in the first half", Kansas coach Bill Self said after the game, per the team's Twitter account.

Arizona State and Oklahoma did their NCAA tournament hopes no favors on Wednesday, with the Sun Devils collapsing against Colorado and the Sooners losing to Oklahoma State in the first round of their respective conference tournaments.

Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa combined for 14 points and 14 rebounds in his place. I practice that all the time. "We can still win".

Earlier Thursday, ESPN's Joe Lunardi suggested that Oklahoma State didn't have to necessarily beat Kansas. On Jan. 3 of this season, after posting a 20-point home win over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma stood 12-1 and ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25.

That's when the Jayhawks finally caught fire, going on an 18-4 charge to turn things around. The Wildcats are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc.

Despite the tight first-half, TCU was able to pull ahead in the opening minutes of the second half behind the strength of an 11-0 run, to grab its largest lead of the game at 9 points, at 43-34 with 14:53 remaining in the game. By my estimate, Kansas' best wins are at projected #4 seed Texas Tech, and then a sweep of West Virginia (I've got them as a #5), and beating Kentucky (also a #5). But getting after 'em a couple times all year. Averaging 27 points and nine assists per game, Young has shown an ability to completely take over games, putting up numbers that look utterly preposterous in the box score of a game that only goes for 40 minutes.

"I have a lot of respect for those guys, but very soon I could be playing against them, so I can't be much of a fan if I'm going to be guarding Steph or guarding a guy like Kyrie (Irving)", Young said last month. "We put ourselves in that scenario and Kansas earned the right to have the extra day of rest". As for Oklahoma State, their fate is now in the hands of the selection committee. But the Cowboys only had a 36-33 edge against Kansas, even with Azubuike out with the knee injury.

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