Tonight is the semi-finals, the Iowa State Cyclones will tip-off against the TCU Horned Frogs at 7 pm EST. Iowa State is led by senior guard Monte Morris. Averaging 16.2 points a game and 6.2 assists, Monte Morris is a threat with the ball. Especially after coming off a game against Oklahoma State, where he almost recorded a triple-double. The Frogs are led by junior forward Vladimir Brodziansky who accounts for 14 points a game. Alex Robinson shares the leadership roll for the Frogs, coming away from today’s game where he was named the MVP.
The second game tomorrow will be the West Virginia Mountaineers facing the Kansas State Wildcats, at 9 pm EST. The Wildcats are led by sophomore guard Barry Brown averaging 11.5 points a game, Brown shot a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arch yesterday against the Baylor Bears. The Mountaineers are led by junior guard Jevon Carter, leading the Big 12 in steals, and giving the Mountaineers their only consistent offensive play yesterday against the Texas Longhorns. Tomorrow will, undoubtedly, hold good Big 12 basketball from these four top tier teams. Let’s recap yesterday’s games:
Iowa state beats Oklahoma state
Iowa State came away with an 83-92 victory. Oklahoma States Jawun Evans tallied 29 points, Jeffery Carroll also put up a solid performance, with 21 points. The rest of the Oklahoma State team seemed to not even show up for the game today, producing sub-par numbers. Iowa State, however, kept their peak going, with Monte Morris‘s double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds). He was an assist away from getting the second triple-double in Big 12 tournament history. Iowa State will go on to play TCU tonight at 7 pm EST in the semi-finals of the tournament.
TCU upsets Kansas
TCU upset Kansas in an 85-82 victory. The Frogs were led by Most Valuable Player Alex Robinson, when asked how Robinson and the team were preparing for Iowa State, he said: “we owe them one too…”. It is obvious that Robinson and the rest of the Horned Frogs are out for revenge against those who’ve beaten them this past season. Kansas’s all-star Frank Mason III dropped 29 tallies, followed by the 18 points dropped by Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. The Horned Frogs put on an electrifying show, and are, no doubt, looking forward to tipping off against Iowa State.
West Virginia cruises past Texas
The West Virginia Mountaineers beat the Texas Longhorns with a 63-53 win. Leading the Mountaineers offensively was Junior Guard Jevon Carter with 21 points, providing the only consistent offense for the team. On the other end of the ball, the rest of the Mountaineers, made the life of every Longhorn hard with their signature 40 minutes of press defense. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins stated; “we’re trying to win. We didn’t get it done in the finals a year ago and there’s no sense playing if you’re not playing to win”, referring to last year’s heartbreaking loss to Kansas in the championship game of the Big 12 tournament. For the Longhorns, Andrew Jones dropped 13 points and led the team with 4 assists. The Mountaineers will go on to face Kansas State tomorrow at 9 pm EST in the semi-finals.
Kansas State upsets Baylor
The Baylor Bears were stunned by the Kansas State Wildcats,64-70. The Wildcats points leader was Barry Brown, shooting 100% from downtown, he was the only Wildcat starter to make a three-pointer. Poor shooting and worse defense plagued the Bears. Allowing drives by the Wildcats that should not be allowed in the Big 12. Rebounding was maybe their only positive performance. Rebounding the ball 33 times, this may have kept the game as close as it was. Tomorrow the Wildcats will go on to face the Press from West Virginia.