Friday was as busy day for the Big XII, and if you had any money riding on K-State to beat LaSalle, your dreams were crushed.
Despite their best effort, the Wildcats comeback attempt wasn’t enough in the end. The No. 12 seeded LaSalle stunned the No. 4 KSU by taking a 19-point lead in the first half. The Cats came back in the second, but by the end of the game, they were worn, missing 12 of 13 final shots.
Wildcats head coach tried to call a timeout with two seconds left on the clock, which went unnoticed by officials and in the end, probably wouldn’t have mattered much.
The Wildcats ended the season with a 27-8 record.
Next up on the Big 12 plate was No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 7 San Diego State in Philadelphia. The Sooners ended up losing, 70-55. Oklahoma had been ahead or keeping the game within one point up until the final five minutes.
The shooting to a turn and they couldn’t have bought a basket. They missed 16-31 three-point attempts in the second half and were only shooting at 37% by the end of the game.
The Iowa State Cyclones ended up being the little engine that could last night when they stunned Notre Dame, 76-58.
The Cyclones have been deadly from the three-point range all season, being No. 1 in the country in that stat. But Friday night, they were just as deadly inside the perimeter. They turned it on in the second half and ended up shooting over 70% to turn a close game into a beat down.
Sorry Irish, y’all have fun in ACC basketball next season.
The last game of Friday was the Kansas Jayhawks taking on Western Kentucky. I didn’t get to see much of this game due to watching the Sooners, but I kept seeing the score and saying WTF.
The mighty Jayhawks were losing every time I looked. YOU CAN’T DO THAT KANSAS, I HAVE YOU GOING TOO FAR IN MY BRACKETS. Ok. I know that doesn’t matter, but that’s what I was thinking.
A No. 16-seed almost pulled off the upset of beating a No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks pulled off, with a 64-57 win. But WKU was not going to go away easy.
Next up for the Big 12 – Kansas will take on North Carolina and their former coach, Roy Williams and the Cyclones will be facing Ohio State. Both games are scheduled for Sunday.