The Cowboys captured the lead less than a minute into the game, and never surrendered the lead after.
Only twice has a team in the Big 12 championship game reached the NCAA National Championship.
"I hope the double round robin - you throw in a (Southeastern Conference) Challenge in the middle of January - I hope the committee respects that and we can get the eight, nine teams in", Weber said. "I think they competed hard for the most part".
Azubuike, a 7-foot center, is averaging 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds for the No. 9 Jayhawks.
The productive offense of Kansas (15th in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 116.5) will battle against the mid-tier defense of Oklahoma State (173rd in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 103.4). If this WVU team can hit shots, few teams can beat it.
"We're just trying to ride the wave", guard Christian James said. "We wanted to execute, have fun and be tough". Most bracketologists now list KU as a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tourney, but that could be in jeopardy if the Jayhawks don't fare well in the Big 12 event first.
Cameron McGriff scored 18 points, Jeffrey Carroll added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Oklahoma State pulled away from Oklahoma after squandering most of a 16-point lead for a 71-60 victory in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night. Marquette's another bubble team that barely avoided a devastating loss, as it edged DePaul 72-69 in the Big East Tournament. "We might as well get James to come in and get a foul off".
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. This scenario may be exciting this week, but come NCAA Tournament time, it is pretty much a guarantee of a second-round loss. According to Self, who lamented the timing of the injury and said he felt as bad for Azubuike as anything else, his center was injured on "a routine basketball play". "We can still win".
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What Graham didn't realize before Thursday's quarterfinal against Oklahoma State, though, was KU would even lean a little bit on basketball walk-on and football scholarship player James Sosinski - in the first half no less. Tisdale was the first freshman to receive first-team All-America honors from the USBWA in 1983 following a prolific rookie campaign with averages of 24.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
That's when the Jayhawks finally caught fire, going on an 18-4 charge to turn things around.
The crux of the issue was OU's 35 3-pointers.
It may be Bedlam, but Oklahoma just needs a win.
The two-sport athlete from Chandler, Ariz., has played sparingly, with two similarly brief appearances, since getting four minutes of playing time December 18 versus Omaha and scoring 4 points in mop-up duty.
Kansas State won four of six to finish the regular season, and now should feel comfortable about an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament despite its pillow-soft non-conference schedule. As Boynton said Wednesday, there's no telling how Bill Self will handle his rotations in this one. "We put ourselves in that scenario and Kansas earned the right to have the extra day of rest".
Can the Cowboys upset Kansas? They also possess the Big 12 Player of the Year in senior guard Devonte' Graham.