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Oklahoma guard Trae Young is soaring high in his freshman year, leading the nation in scoring (27.5 points per game) and assists (8.9) during the regular season.
Luke Maye scored 17 points, including North Carolina's last field goal with 5:33 remaining, and the 12th-ranked Tar Heels held off a rally by No. 5 Duke for a 74-69 victory Friday night in the ACC semifinals. Arizona State fell 97-85 to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament at Las Vegas, while Oklahoma lost 71-60 to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament at Kansas City.
Then the Cowboys raced out to a 10-point lead in their quarterfinal matchup.
Despite delivering one of the game-saving moments of the night, Garrett was a lot less pleased with the team's performance overall than he was proud of his own contribution. "I'm proud of them".
Wade has averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
What promised to be an electric semifinal showdown between Sunflower State rivals on Friday night at Sprint Center turned into a slow and sluggish slap contest that featured as many mistakes as memorable highlights. It wasn't proceeded by a timeout, and TCU didn't have time to run a set. "We just didn't have enough".
"It's very tough when one of your main contributors goes down with an injury", Mawien said. Additionally, they shot just 20% from three-point range, well below the team's 35.1% average. "We've proven that all season long", Smith said. "But it's that chaotic state where you're running back, and - you know - they made a great play".
What earlier this year seemed like nearly a sure thing that Oklahoma would return to the NCAA Basketball Championship after a one-year absence has slowly and painfully deteriorated to the point that the Sooners' chances of making the NCAA Tournament field is a giant question mark. Filling in for his starting center role is Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa. "We gave him the ball and he had a chance to make the play and he came up big for us and made the basket". "We can still win".
Oklahoma State's early surge, which included a 16-2 run.
Kansas State heads into the game with records of 22-10 straight up (SU) and 13-15 against the spread (ATS).
That's when the Jayhawks finally caught fire, going on an 18-4 charge to turn things around. And the Jayhawks are now 3-0 in those games. "They are only two hours apart from one another". The victor will head to the Big 12 title game.
Before getting to explanations of how one team beats another by 18 points on March 3 only to lose to the same team by 14 points on March 8, let's review what Kansas Coach Bill Self said to reporters on March 3, when he and the reporters were five days younger. Last season's champion, the Iowa State Cyclones, defeated West Virginia in the championship.
"Sometimes I think people try to bring arbitrary numbers into the equation to justify, again, back in October they weren't supposed to be good", Boynton said. "We put ourselves in that scenario and Kansas earned the right to have the extra day of rest". On Wednesday, the Sooners' rebounding was woeful, with State having a 47-26 advantage.
Come Thursday, the second half began with Kansas ahead, 43-42.
"When Barry went down, I feel like we took our foot off the gas a little bit knowing that their best two players had got hurt", said Kansas senior point guard Devonte' Graham.