Four games are slated Thursday for the quarterfinal round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
No. 5-seed Iowa State knocked off No. 4 Baylor, 83-66, to advance to the semifinals. Top-seeded K-State survived a strong test from No. 8 TCU, 70-61, to advance to the semifinals.
Session three play begins at 6 p.m. CT with No. 10-seed West Virginia playing No. 2-seed Texas Tech. In the nightcap, No. 6 Texas faces No. 3 Kansas.
All of Thursday’s games will be televised on ESPN2 and are also available on the ESPN App.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Talen Horton-Tucker hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, as fifth-seeded Iowa State shot past fourth-seeded Baylor, 83-66, in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday.
The Cyclones (21-11) also had key contributions from Marial Shayok who had 18 with four 3-pointers, Lindell Wigginton with 16 points and Tyrese Haliburton with 13.
Iowa State faces top-seeded Kansas State or eighth-seeded TCU in the semifinals on Friday night.
Mario Kegler led Baylor (19-13) in scoring with 16, while Makai Mason had 14.
Both teams came out hot, but Mason hit three of his four 3-pointers, the last one part of a 10-1 run that gave the Bears and 18-14 lead. Iowa State finished the first half on a 12-3 run to lead 38-29 as Horton-Tucker finished with four first-half triples and 16 points.
Haliburton started the second half nailing two 3's and making a layup to give the Cyclones a 16-point edge before a Baylor timeout. The Cyclones led by as many as 22.
Game 4 | No. 1 K-State 70, No. 8 TCU 61
Postgame Interview with Makol Mawien
Postgame Interview with Xavier Sneed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Xavier Sneed scored 19 points, none bigger than a 3-pointer as the shot clock sounded in the final minute, and top-seeded Kansas State rallied from a slow start to beat No. 8-seed TCU 70-61 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.
Barry Brown added 12 points, Kamau Stokes had 11 and Makol Mawien had 10 for the tournament's top seed, which advanced to play No. 5-seed Iowa State in the semifinals Friday night.
The Wildcats (25-7) played without
Desmond Bane had 16 points to lead the eighth-seeded Horned Frogs (20-13), who split with the Wildcats in the regular season. Alex Robinson added 12 points and Kevin Samuel had 11.
TCU was in the flow right from the tip, perhaps having benefitted from that down-to-the-wire win over the Cowboys. The Horned Frogs were hot from the arc and solid on defense and soon had built a double-digit lead on the regular-season champs.
The Wildcats finally clawed back into the game, getting a big lift from Cartier Diarra, their backup guard who returned after missing several weeks with a hand injury. He slammed an alley-oop dunk to ignite the crowd, and Sneed's buzzer-beating 3 got the Wildcats within 34-32 at the break.
They used a 15-2 run to take their first lead midway through the second half.
The Wildcats' lead eventually reached 10 before TCU mounted a comeback of its own. But after Mebane's basket made it 55-52 with 5 1/2 minutes to go, Sneed buried his third 3-pointer while getting fouled. He converted the free throw and gave Kansas State some breathing room again.
The Horned Frogs were never able to catch all the way up.