Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks Odds Preview 03/09/18

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

Kansas State corralled the rebound to seal the win.

Makol Mawien led the Wildcats with a total of 16 points and helped contain the Horned Frogs under 70 points for the entire game.

TCU fought back and threatened to win several times behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from Kenrich Williams.

TCU is expected to be selected to the Tournament on Sunday.

Notre Dame: Just like Oklahoma and Arizona State, Notre Dame was ranked in the top five earlier this season. The Jayhawks defeated the Wildcats, 73-72, on January 13, in Allen Fieldhouse and won 70-56 on January 29, in Manhattan.

You can blame it on the players and their failure to execute what Lon Kruger and his assistant coaches were preparing them for and asking them to do. The production manager at the Kansas City Live stage of the Power and Light District expects thousands of fans to pack the area for pep rallies and watch parties as part of the free Miller Lite Basketball Fan Fest.

Ever since OU super freshman Trae Young launched 39 shots, nearly half of the Sooners' total shot attempts - in a January 20 overtime loss at Oklahoma State, the nation's scoring and assist leader has taken fewer shots and is making fewer of them.

Game 3 victor vs. KU last won the title in 2016.

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Kansas will now face the victor of Friday night's second semifinal between Texas Tech and West Virginia on Saturday night.

No. 7 Texas vs. Texas Tech got off to a hot start and controlled the game for most of the first half.

Then the Cowboys raced out to a 10-point lead in their quarterfinal matchup.

Texas would not go down without a fight, though.

The Wildcats can probably lock themselves into a bid now, if they hadn't already. After the 14:58 mark, OSU missed seven straight attempts, six from 3-point range, and committed three turnovers.

A big reason for the Red Raiders' resurgence is the return of all-Big 12 senior guard Keenan Evans from a toe injury. Evans was seven-of-10 from the field and connected on nine-of-14 free throws. Both of them know what it takes to win these conference tournament games.

The Wildcats needed overtime against Texas Christian to advance. Current head coach Chris Beard was an assistant with the team that year. Baylor was the better team for much of the first half. With KU's Udoka Azubuike out, the Cowboys turned to defensive specialist Yankuba Sima for some offense, and the big guy delivered, with a career high 11 points, all in the first half. Mykhailiuk averages 15.2 points per game, which is second on the team. They combined for 14 points and 14 rebounds. Junior G Lagerald Vick scores 12.1 points per game and he is second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. It is known for its press defense and it spelled trouble for Baylor tonight. Each scored eight points, but that did not matter to Self after Mawien was allowed to go 13 of 19. Ahmad registered 21 points, and Carter had a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists.

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.

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