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Mar 10 2018 Kansas City MO United States West Virginia Mountaineers forward Lamont West guards Kansas Jayhawks guard Malik Newman as he shoots in the first half of the Big 12 Tournament final at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit Amy Kontras

That's more than any of the teams ESPN's Joe Lunardi listed as his "last four in" - Oklahoma, UCLA, Arizona State, Louisville. Updates with new lead and quotes. And when the Horned Frogs' Alex Robinson missed two free throws at the other end, Kansas State had a 66-64 victory that not only sent it to the semifinals but also may have locked up an NCAA Tournament bid. This Cowboys team has been in the middle of many upsets in the Big 12 this season, they beat Trae Young and Oklahoma twice, once at their peak, they beat West Virginia, they beat Texas Tech, and they beat Kansas twice.

Ninety seconds after the Mykhailiuk-Graham connection, Newman sank back-to-back threes for six of his 20 first-half points, and handed his team its first lead since the early minutes of the contest. Taking advantage, OSU rode a massive rebounding advantage to a 71-60 win over the Sooners (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament at Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Added senior point guard Devonte' Graham, who set up three of Newman's 11 buckets, including the long touchdown pass late that led to an easy Newman lay-in and put the KU sophomore at 30 points for the night: "He was just aggressive and hungry". "We just had to get him enough touches, and he has to have the confidence in himself to do it". "Sometimes I think we get a little spoiled on what our expectations are, but I'm real proud of them". "But I can't think too much about it".

Wade has averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

After a 9-game winning streak to close non-conference play, Iowa State is 4-14.

Although head coach Shaka Smart's side trimmed an 11-point second-half deficit to one with a shade under eight minutes remaining, the Texas Tech Raiders owned crunch time and avoided an upset to secure a spot in the semifinals with a 73-69 win.

"We just wanted to come out, be aggressive and play tough", Newman said, "because we haven't played tough against those guys". If I don't get open, we can't run the play.

Another successful college basketball season in the Sunflower State expects to conclude with Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament that kicks off next week. At the same time, it's very possibly that none of the teams make it to the Elite Eight.

"We try to be the hardest-playing team", said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton.

ST. BONAVENTURE (RPI: 22, KenPom: 65, NBC seed: 9): The Bonnies avoided a loss to Richmond on Friday night, and that should just about get them into the tournament.

In his absence, Mitch Lightfoot, who started, and Silvio De Sousa combined for 14 points and 14 rebounds in 38 combined minutes. "We play overtime all the time in practice". "We can still win".

The Jayhawks (24-7) and Red Raiders (23-8) are comfortably in the field of 68, though they still have plenty on the line.

He finished with 11 points and five rebounds, so it wasn't one of his best games. While it seems they are extremely likely to have a tourney bid after their win against TCU in the quarterfinals, there's a terrible wait until Sunday to find out where their next destination is.

Oklahoma State's early surge, which included a 16-2 run.

"Their philosophy, what they did to Vlad was clear, and we knew it was coming, but they were clearly more physical than us, especially in the second half". But what they have that's more impressive than the rest of the teams around them on the bubble is a trio of really, really good wins: Kentucky on a neutral court, Arizona on the road, USC on the road.

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