"We took our foot off the gas and relaxed".
The third time was the charm for Kansas.
If the Cowboys miss the tourney, they can blame Malik Newman, who went off for a career-high 30 points on Thursday while shooting 11-of-15 from the field. There were six lead changes in the first half.
"We were just trying to stay fundamentally sound on defense", OSU guard Kendall Smith said.
That's when the Jayhawks finally caught fire, going on an 18-4 charge to turn things around. Jeffrey Carroll stroked shots from the outside.
Udoka has been vital to the Jayhawks success this season and Kansas hasn't been able to beat Oklahoma State with him. If Oklahoma State happens to go dancing, they could put many teams on upset alert.
The game wasn't without drama.
TCU fought back and threatened to win several times behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from Kenrich Williams. Kansas State's 0.196 free throw rate was their largest advantage over TCU, who had a mark of 0.130.
The Horned Frogs will head back to Fort Worth and await their NCAA Tournament destination.
Note: You can also watch the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the WatchESPN app. The Shockers narrowly missed snagging the No. 1 seed after falling by one point to Cincinnati on Senior Day in Wichita.
The AAC Tournament title game is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday (March 11).
In a defensive move not often seen by Bill Self-coached Kansas squads, the Jayhawks utilized a zone defense in the waning minutes of the first half and for the majority of the second to heavily neutralize the K-State offensive attack. They shot just 20 percent from three-point range. Texas Tech outrebounded Texas 37-28 and held the Longhorns to nine assists on 25 made shots.
It is debatable whether the Sooners will make it into the NCAA Tournament.
Despite delivering one of the game-saving moments of the night, Garrett was a lot less pleased with the team's performance overall than he was proud of his own contribution. The victor of the game will play either West Virginia or Texas Tech, who play in the second semi-final game Friday night.
No. 3 West Virginia vs.
Virginia reaches final • Kyle Guy scored 15 points and No. 1 Virginia advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 64-58 victory over No. 19 Clemson in NY. They'd only done it twice before in history and the last time was 35 years ago. He has a certain point guard to help him.
Texas Tech led the regular-season conference race until the final weeks, when Kansas caught up and passed the Red Raiders. They finished at 56 percent from the field and overcame an early 10-point deficit.
Oklahoma State's early surge, which included a 16-2 run. His, father, former Texas Tech guard Rayford Young, said they will consider the controversy surrounding the NCAA, the projected strength of the draft and what Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger says about it all.