Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Kansas vs. Kansas State - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas vs. Kansas State - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

He has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-best 13 times, in rebounding 17 times and in assists on eight occasions. "Then we have to do what we do - turn them over and get out in transition".

OSU junior Tavarius Shine agreed.

"What's disappointing to me is we played the second half (like) it was more important to them than us".

"We don't necessarily as a family need Trae to go to the National Basketball Association to take care of the whole family", Rayford Young said. "We couldn't let them get more free throws than they got and they got more than we got". If they reached for Syracuse two years ago, sure, it's possible they could reach again, this time rewarding Oklahoma State for numerous high-end wins while largely ignoring an NAIA non-conference schedule. The Jayhawks have relied on the outside shot all year, but it came in handy with their biggest post presence sitting on the bench. Kansas (25-7) shot 56.1 percent, including 40 percent from behind the arc. While little-used players Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio De Sousa filled in admirably for Azubuike, Kansas still lacked size and ultimately allowed Oklahoma State to grab a whopping 18 offensive rebounds.

"We played good. I thought we could have played better".

"We're just trying to ride the wave", guard Christian James said. It's not an excuse, it's a reality. We had 'em in the - but it's in that chaotic state where you're running back, and, you know, they made a great play.

"We got off to a rough start", Coleman said, "but as the game got going, we got more comfortable and shots started to fall in our favor".

Kansas is listed as a 7.5-point favorite, with the over-under for total points scored set at 139.5. The Cowboys trimmed the lead to two on a jumper by Tavarius Shine. Kansas led by one at halftime, then took advantage of the Cowboys going cold in the second half.

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If this had been an NCAA tourney game, in fact, Wade likely would have played. "We gave him the ball and he had a chance to make the play and he came up big for us and made the basket".

Now, he has locked in a play for Friday's third Sunflower Showdown.

You can blame it on the players and their failure to execute what Lon Kruger and his assistant coaches were preparing them for and asking them to do. But the Jayhawk outside shooting remained potent, and helped the No. 1 seed put some distance between themselves and the Wildcats prior to the intermission.

Smith agreed, saying the Cowboys didn't have their best outing. I don't feel like this is it. Clemson has been a bit more of a defensive-oriented team as well, but is coming off a 90-82 shootout with Boston College.

"There are no bad losses, just good win opportunities", Baylor coach Scott Drew said. Evans was seven-of-10 from the field and connected on nine-of-14 free throws.

With Kansas leading by just two points and the Wildcats riding a wave of momentum from a 33-foot alley-oop pass from Cartier Diarra to Xavier Sneed that trimmed KU's lead to a single possession, Garrett misfired on a wide-open 3-point attempt and appeared to give the ball to the Wildcats with a chance to take their first lead since early in the first half. Wade led the Wildcats with 9 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field at the half.

"Instead of us taking care of our business, we left it in the committee's hands", Young said. "We'll keep working, no matter what anyone thinks".

"Everybody collapsed on men and I saw Kenrich and Desmond over there and the guy was closing out on Kenrich so I skipped it through the corner to Desmond", TCU guard Alex Robinson said.

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