Everyone knows Roach is one of the most athletic guards in the country, he went viral early in his career for being able to touch the top of the backboard along with some monster posterizations, but he has become a more all-around player since then. Houston plays its first (quarterfinal) game against the victor of No. 6 seed Central Florida.
It was a surreal moment in a surreal season for the Sooners and their star freshman point guard.
Despite not having Dok Thursday, the Jayhawks nearly matched the Oklahoma State on the glass. Now he's 2-1. That meant he has played a supporting role in epitomizing how this particular Kansas team, playing with the backdrop of its rich history and its rare air and its there-goes-Malik, has taken turns as dazzling and disjointed. He has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 13 times and has averaged 33.6 minutes per game. Evans scored 23 points in the regular season finale against TCU after recording just 12 total points in the team's previous four games. They helped WVU to the championship game in K.C. the past two years, but came up empty at that point both times.
They still put up a fight, thanks primarily to Makol Mawien, the unheralded forward who scored a career-high 29 points. Those things happen, we've got to learn from it. Why did this season's edition of Sooner basketball become so bad over such a prolonged period after starting out as one of the top success stories in college basketball? "I thought they played smarter than us".
Before getting to explanations of how one team beats another by 18 points on March 3 only to lose to the same team by 14 points on March 8, let's review what Kansas Coach Bill Self said to reporters on March 3, when he and the reporters were five days younger.
Just before that, on February 28, the estimable Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World had pointed out that 38 Big 12 coaches have opposed Self in his 15 Kansas seasons. And by the time Lagerald Vick curled in back-to-back baskets, the lead had swelled to 71-59 and the Jayhawks were on their way toward the title game. There are no so-called easy victories in the Big 12.
A late-game blunder in overtime.
If the trends continue, we should witness a showdown between the two best players on the court in Evans and Carter with a spot in the Big 12 tournament final on the line.
The University of Texas is coming off a huge upset win over West Virginia University in overtime to close out the regular season.
Wade sustained a foot injury during Thursday's 66-64 quarterfinal win over TCU at the Big 12 Championship. Away from home, however, it was a much different story. The Sun Devils were the last remaining unbeaten Division I team after a sizzling start that included a road win at No. 9Kansas and a neutral-site victory over No. 3 Xavier.
OSU outscored the Jayhawks 4-2 during Sosinski's quick time on the floor to end the half. On the journey to the tourney, the Sooners find themselves headed the wrong way toward oncoming traffic. They played good ball.
Oklahoma State gets ready to face Kansas on Thursday afternoon.
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Sosinski initially joined the basketball team as a walk-on in November for a trial period before being officially added to the roster in early December. But more importantly, it was a final chance to try to convince the NCAA Tournament committee the Cowboys belong in the Big Dance.