The Big 12 men's basketball tournament continued Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, with four quarterfinal games on the schedule. Below, we'll break down the results and take a look at Friday's semifinal schedule.
Thursday Quarterfinal Results
Kansas 82, Oklahoma State 68
The third time was the charm for Kansas.
The Jayhawks finally beat Oklahoma State this season, 82-68, after losing their first two matchups against the Cowboys this season. For Oklahoma State, the loss left their NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy, as they came into the contest firmly on the bubble.
If the Cowboys miss the tourney, they can blame Malik Newman, who went off for a career-high 30 points on Thursday while shooting 11-of-15 from the field.
"Malik got on a roll and basically carried us offensively in the first half," Kansas coach Bill Self said after the game, per the team's Twitter account.
"We just wanted to come out and be aggressive... execute the game plan, have fun and be tough," Newman added.
Oklahoma State traded punches with Kansas in the first half and came out strongly, taking a 10-point lead early in the game. The Jayhawks stormed back with an 18-4 run of their own, however, and took a 43-42 lead into the break.
From there, Kansas was simply too much for the Cowboys in the second half despite 17 points from Jeffrey Carroll and 14 from Kendall Smith.
Up next for Kansas will be a meeting with Kansas State, whom they beat twice in the regular season. As for Oklahoma State, their fate is now in the hands of the selection committee.
Kansas State 66, TCU 64
TCU and Kansas State split their regular-season series, each team winning on its home court. On a neutral court Thursday, Kansas State won the rubber match in overtime, 66-64.
The game wasn't without drama. Kansas State nearly won the game in regulation, but TCU's Desmond Bane sank a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer—his only three points of the game—to send the contest to overtime.
Then, down two points with just 1.3 seconds left in the extra session, the Horned Frogs had the opportunity to tie the game after Alex Robinson was fouled driving to the hoop. But he missed his first free throw, and TCU couldn't pull down the rebound on his intentional miss on the second attempt.
Four players finished with double-digit points for the Wildcats, led by Makol Mawien (16 points, nine rebounds, three blocks). Kenrich Williams (20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals) was superb for TCU, while Robinson had a solid game (16 points, six assists) despite his late misses at the free-throw line.
Regardless of the result, both schools are safely in the NCAA tournament field. Coming into the day, ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi projected TCU to be a No. 6 seed. Kansas State, meanwhile, was a No. 9 seed, and Thursday's win should lock it into a guaranteed spot.
In total, Lunardi had eight Big 12 schools in the field with Oklahoma State and Nebraska on the bubble but just missing the tournament. Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma were all considered bubble teams that will make the tournament.
Texas Tech 73, Texas 69
The Texas Longhorns will have to sweat out Selection Sunday.
Although head coach Shaka Smart's side trimmed an 11-point second-half deficit to one with a shade under eight minutes remaining, the Texas Tech Raiders owned crunch time and avoided an upset to secure a spot in the semifinals with a 73-69 win.
Keenan Evans led the Red Raiders with 25 points, and he contributed a pair of threes as Texas Tech shot a blistering 9-of-16 from beyond the arc.
Freshman guard Zhaire Smith added eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks, and Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman noted he could wind up being a big winner if he continues to stuff the stat sheet next week:
The Longhorns weren't nearly as efficient as their counterparts—they shot 43.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three—but Jacob Young's out-of-nowhere eruption off the bench kept them afloat.
Young, who entered the night averaging 5.4 points per game, dropped a game-high 29 (11-of-17 shooting) off the bench. Matt Coleman added 20 points, while center Mo Bamba returned from a three-game absence due to a left toe injury to finish with 10 points and four boards.
With their conference tournament stay over, the Longhorns will now sit and wait for the selection committee's decision.
Entering the quarterfinals, Lunardi had Texas listed as a No. 11 seed and one of the last four non-play-in teams in the field.
West Virginia 78, Baylor 65
The West Virginia Mountaineers rolled over the Baylor Bears, 78-65, to set up a semifinal date with the Red Raiders on Friday night.
As is often the case, West Virginia gained an edge by playing a frenzied style of defense that disrupted Baylor's ball-handlers and never allowed the Bears to establish a rhythm.
Baylor finished the night with 22 turnovers compared to 11 assists. The only thing the Bears had going for them was the play of Manu Lecomte, who poured in a game-high 27 points.
The Mountaineers were careless in their own right with 16 turnovers. However, they had three key scorers all clicking in Esa Ahmad (21 points), Daxter Miles Jr. (19 points) and Jevon Carter (18 points) to help establish double-digit breathing room.
West Virginia will now turn its attention to Texas Tech after the programs split the regular-season series. Their last meeting came Feb. 26, when the Mountaineers captured a 84-74 home victory.
Friday Semifinals Schedule
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 1 Kansas: 7 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN2)
No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 3 West Virginia: 9 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN2)
For the updated bracket, be sure to check out Big12Sports.com.