Big 12 Championship game
Iowa State is the only fourth seeded team to ever win the Big 12 title. In 2014 the (4)Iowa State Cyclones beat the (7)Baylor Bears 74-65 to win the title. The Cyclones are undefeated when they make it to the championship game. Winning all three of the times they’ve been there.
West Virginia has only ever made it to the Big 12 championship game once, last year. When they lost to Kansas 81-71. With this team that has struggled every game in this tournament, will they be able to get their act together before they face what is arguably the hottest team in the country? The championship airs tonight at 6pm EST.
(4) Iowa State routs (8) TCU 84-63
With a near 20 point lead at half time, Iowa State had this one in the books long before the final buzzer. Seniors Monte Morris and Deonte Burton teamed up to lead the team in points for a combined 37 tallies between the two of them. TCU’s Vladimir Brodzianky and Jaylen Fisher tried mounting the team on their shoulders with 10 points each. Their efforts proved to not be enough to pull out a win against the Cyclones. After coming off an impressive win against the number one team in the country, the Horned Frogs seemed like they would make it hard for Iowa State to come away with a win; that was clearly not the case.
When Deonte Burton was asked how Iowa State will prepare for West Virginia he said “we gotta be tough, they’re a tough team, and we just gotta be tougher”. The Cyclones will go on to face the Mountaineers tomorrow at 6 pm EST.
(2)West Virginia survives scare from (6)K-State, 51-50
After the first half of play the Mountaineers had their worst first half, of the season, making only 16 points. The Kansas State Wildcats went into the locker room with a 25-16 lead over West Virginia. Jevon Carter had an uncharacteristically poor first half with zero points and two personal fouls. The Mountaineers as a whole had a terrible first half, with a season high 12 personal fouls in the first 20 minutes of basketball. Defensively the Mountaineers continued t0 suffer, only forcing 5 turnovers, and getting zero points off of turnovers. Which West Virginia leads the NCAA in.
In the second half the Mountaineers came out firing. Sixth man of the year, Tarik Phillip started by draining two three-pointers in a row, followed by a field goal and couple of free throws. This heat from Phillip seemed to fire up the rest of the Mountaineers, doubling their first half score, in only the first nine minutes of the second half. After clawing their way back to tie the game at 50. Esa Ahmad was fouled by D.J. Johnson, he split the free throws, missing the first and making the second. Kansas State used their last timeout with ten seconds left. The ball went to Kamau Stokes, who missed a three point jumper, to give the game to the Mountaineers.