The Kansas Jayhawks should never be doubted again in the Big 12. On Monday night, Kansas’ victory over Oklahoma gave them their 10th straight Big 12 title. The more things change in the conference, the more they stay the same. It doesn’t matter who the cast of characters are. Bill Self will end up holding the regular season championship.
Game of the Day
Naadir Tharpe led No. 5 Kansas to the eight point win with gritty play down the stretch. Tharpe scored 19 points and added five assists to help Kansas win another Big 12 title. Joel Embiid contributed a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
All five Kansas starters scored double figures, and their consistency is undeniable. If they win out, the Jayhawks are guaranteed a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma had a chance for a big victory after coming back from a nine point deficit. The Sooners took a four point lead midway through the second half, but weren’t able to keep the pressure on Kansas. Cameron Clark led Oklahoma with 18 points.
Kansas is (22-6) and Oklahoma dropped to (20-8).
Game of the Day II
With six minutes left in the game, not many people thought Seth Allen would have a chance to win the game at the buzzer. However, Syracuse turned a 12 point lead into another nail biting affair. Allen’s running three point attempt ricocheted off the backboard and missed to give Syracuse a two point victory.
With a depleted front court due to foul trouble and injury, Tyler Ennis poured in 20 points. The only other double figure scorer was C.J. Fair with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Marred by turnovers, Maryland’s offense was in disarray throughout most of the game. They had 18 turnovers and shot 35% from the field. However, Maryland did get 27 foul shots compared to Syracuse’s six.
Neither team shot well from three, as both teams were below 37%.
Syracuse moved to (26-2), while Maryland fell to (15-13).
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