In a game that can only be described as ‘sloppy', the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Oklahoma St. Cowboys 63-62 in front of a partisan Kansas City crowd in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.
Neither team was on their game this afternoon as the Jayhawks shot 35.9% from the floor, 20% from behind the arc and 57.1% from the free throw line. Ok State didn't fare much better, shooting 40% from the field, 30.8% from three and a respectable 85.7% from the charity stripe.
The Cowboys were hampered with foul trouble as three of their big men, Matt Pilgrim, Marshall Moses and Jarred Shaw all fouled out of the game. Once their inside game was taken away it looked as though they didn't have an offense to run. Their passes were sloppy, they were passing up open looks and nobody seemed to want to take a shot.
This wasn't more evident than in the waning seconds of the game. Down one with 18 seconds left, Ok State seemed like they didn't have anyone who dared attempt a game winner. To KU's credit, they were playing tough D, and knew that without an inside presence, that Ok State was forced to look outside for the last shot, but none-the-less, Ok State just never stepped up. And now they step out of the Tournament.
Keiton Page led the Cowboys with 23 points and JP Olukemi added 17 in the losing effort. Marcus Morris led a triumvirate of double digit scorers for KU with 16 points. Brady Morningstar had 11 and Markieff Morris 10 for the victors.
Kansas plays the winner of the Colorado-Kansas State game. The Sprint Center will be the place to be if the Wildcats knock off the Buffs to set up the intra-state match-up in KC.
Whoever it is that KU gets, the game is slated to tip at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday from the Sprint Center.