Freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins continued his dominance in the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal game, putting up 30 points against rival Oklahoma State in a hard-fought overtime victory. KU beat OSU 77-70 on Thursday at the Sprint Center.
The Jayhawks led for the duration of the game, however costly turnovers allowed the Cowboys to push the match to overtime. The Jayhawks outscored the Cowboys 10-3 in overtime and emerged victorious.
Forwards Jamari Traylor and Tarik Black stepped up in the absence of Joel Embiid. Black brought in 12 rebounds and took advantage of the Cowboys’ smaller front court. Le’Bryan Nash led the Cowboys in scoring with 19 points, while point guard Marcus Smart was held to 14 points.
Following the game, Bill Self acknowledged Oklahoma State’s potential in the NCAA tournament.
“And I will tell you, Oklahoma State, whatever they’re seeded, they’re playing a lot better than that,” Self said during the post-game media conference. “So if you’re a one seed in their bracket and both teams are fortunate to win, you’re going to be playing a four seed in the second round or five seed. They’re good.”
The Cowboys will now have to wait until Sunday to hear where they will be placed for the NCAA tournament. However one thing is certain, Oklahoma State is an incredibly dangerous team that will be drastically under-seeded.
The Jayhawks look to build off of this overtime win and will face another dangerous team in Iowa State at 6 p.m. Friday. Iowa State put up 95 points against a defensively sound Kansas State team during their quarterfinal match Thursday.
– Mike Maicke, KJHK Sports
KJHK will broadcast Friday’s semi-final game. Tune in to 90.7 FM for coverage of the KU vs. Iowa State matchup. A pre-game show will start at 5 p.m., leading up to the scheduled 6 p.m. tip-off. KJHK’s online stream will not be active during the game broadcast; listeners must tune in to the FM broadcast. Follow @kjhksports for by-the-minute online commentary of the game.