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Kansas and West Virginia Reach Semifinals
March 14, 2019

Championship Central - Bracket - Session 2 Recap

No. 10-seed West Virginia collected its second consecutive upset with a 79-74 win over No. 2-seed Texas Tech on Thursday evening. No. 3-seed Kansas held on to the advantage for 30-plus minutes and collected a 65-57 win over No. 6-seed Texas. 

The Jayhawks and Mountaineers will square off in the second semifinal game at 8 p.m. CT on Friday, March 15.

Game 5 | No. 10 West Virginia 79, vs. No. 2 Texas Tech 74
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Postgame Interview with Emmitt Matthews
Postgame Interview with Jordan McCabe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Emmitt Matthews scored a career-high 28 points as 10th-seeded West Virginia upset No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday night.

West Virginia (14-19) advances to the semifinals, against either No. 17 Kansas or Texas, on Friday night.

Jarrett Culver scored 26 points, Tariq Owens had 14, and Matt Mooney had 12 for Texas Tech (26-6).

Matthews hit a corner three to give West Virginia a 16-point lead with nine minutes to go, but Texas Tech scored 16 of the next 18 to get within four.

The Red Raiders took a 69-68 lead on a basket by Culver, their first lead since it was 7-5. But the Mountaineers scored seven of the next nine to regain the lead, 75-71.

Culver missed a three with 20 seconds left and Tech trailing 77-74, and Matthews sealed the victory with two free throws.

The Red Raiders, one of the hottest teams in the country entering the game, were outrebounded 44-30.

The Mountaineers went on an 11-2 run early and led by 10 just eight minutes into the game.

The Red Raiders, co-regular season champs, trailed 28-11 in the first half before switching to a zone defense and thwarting the Mountaineer offense as they began to mount a rally.

Game 6 | No. 3 Kansas 65, No. 6 Texas 57
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Postgame Interview with Dedric Lawson

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- Devon Dotson scored 17 points, Dedric Lawson added 16 and No. 3-seed Kansas pulled away in the second half for a 65-57 victory over Texas on Thursday night in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinals.

David McCormack added 13 points and a career-best nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (24-9), who advanced to play West Virginia in the semifinals on Friday night.

Dylan Osetkowski had 18 points to lead the sixth-seeded Longhorns (16-16), who may have needed a win at the Sprint Center to help their NCAA Tournament resume. They have a strong strength of schedule but have lost five of their last six games overall.

Kansas improved to 20-3 in quarterfinals since the inaugural tournament in 1997 and took a big step toward redemption in Kansas City. The Jayhawks finished behind the Red Raiders and Kansas State in the league race, ending their record-setting run of 14 consecutive regular-season crowns.

The Jayhawks and Longhorns split in the regular season with each winning at home, so perhaps it was no surprise that they played to a 29-29 stalemate in the first half.

Kansas got out to a quick 9-2 lead but languished through long periods, unable to get anything going offensively. The Longhorns did their best work attacking the paint and getting to the foul line, even though 6-foot-11 freshman Jaxson Hayes sat most of the half with two fouls.

The Jayhawks began to edge ahead early in the second half.

Lawson scored a couple of quick baskets to build a lead, and the brutish, 6-foot-10 McCormack went to work on the glass. He made one nifty rebound off a miss by Ochai Agbaji and spun around for a lay-in, helping Kansas stretch its lead to the biggest of the game.

Texas tinkered with a 2-3 zone and a half-court trap to slow the Jayhawks, and to some extent they succeeded. But the Longhorns were unable to capitalize at the other end.

When they closed to within 56-51, the Jayhawks' Quentin Grimes drew a foul and triggered the bonus, making both free throws. When the Longhorns added a foul shot of their own, Dotson breezed to the bucket for another contested layup to extend the Jayhawks' lead.

The Jayhawks held on the rest of the way.

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