Kansas basketball: Big 12 Tournament opener, where to watch


Wade leads in rebounds with 6.4 while Stokes tops in assists with 3.7 per game.

Wednesday, March 7 No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. He's not the most athletic, but he plays hard and plays smart.

Oklahoma State's hopes for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament remain alive.

With one of the brightest futures in the Big 12, Lindell Wigginton is has been lighting it up his freshman season. He had eight points in an 18-2 run that turned a 26-17 deficit at 10:51 into the five-point advantage, which was KU's biggest lead of the half.

Ironically, debates about whether freshman Young was as good as junior Curry, an unfair comparison to begin with, started to come to a halt after what might go down as the Norman, Okla., native's most valiant effort. Many experts project him as a high first-round draft pick if he leaves for the National Basketball Association after this season. In the absence of Andrew Jones, Roach has stepped in and improved Texas as a team. Roach shoots 45% overall and 35% from behind the arc, which is decent, but not great. Sans the first Baylor game, the Cowboys have had at least two days of rest between each game this season. Certainly the team we played in Stillwater and the team we played here in Oklahoma State, they controlled both games start to finish.

Game 5 victor vs.

Baylor (Last 4 In): I think they are ahead of Oklahoma State based on the season sweep, if all else is equal. This intensity and ability to score fast and wear teams out has been the signature staple of Bob Huggins' defense and will be imperative for West Virginia in both the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments in terms of gaining momentum and getting their opponents out of their comfort zone. The list goes on and on.

The Wildcats can probably lock themselves into a bid now, if they hadn't already. Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen apart.

During that stretch, easily Young's worst of the season, he's shooting 24.2 percent from 3-point range, but he's still averaging 20.2 points and 7.2 assists while turning the ball over five times per game. Although they were not profitable on the season they are tough.

"We came here to win the Big 12 Tournament".

Sure, Kansas brings the pedigree and the Big 12 regular season title.

Silvio De Sousa will have to be a spark for Kansas in this one.

Azubuike will not play in this weekend's Big 12 tournament, no matter how long the Jayhawks stay alive, Self announced early Wednesday afternoon, because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. It will take a lot, but Bill Self could pull it off. One of the most potent offensive players in the country, Adams is going to have to help carry the Bonnies if they want to win this tournament. Oklahoma has regressed tremendously without the hot shooting from Young.

Carlton: Hypothetically speaking, there's no way Oklahoma gets by Kansas if they meet in the semifinals. Countering the Jayhawks is a Texas Tech team known for outstanding defense. West Virginia has struggled numerous times this season to play a complete 40 minutes and have surrendered many double-digit leads in the process and most of those games have ended in losses. Zhaire Smith has been reliable for the Red Raiders but is far from being a 2nd option on a contending team in my eyes. It feels like a decade ago when the Atlantic 10 got six members in the NCAA tournament in 2014.

Young scored a career-high 48 points, his third of four 40-plus point performances this season, in an 83-81 overtime loss against Oklahoma State on January 20, but took 39 shots to do so.

The last time the Cowboys played, they topped the Oklahoma Sooners, 71-60. The Jayhawks are good, really good.