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Big 12 Basketball Tournament Recap: Session One

Catching you up on Round 1 results.

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TCU beats K-State 67- 65

Box Score

This game really wasn't as close as the score would indicate.  The Frogs went up 12 late in the first half and mostly kept the Wildcats at arms distance until the last few minutes of the game.  K-State had a couple opportunities to tie and or take the lead with about a minute remaining, but turnovers and questionable officiating did them.

Sneaky good Chris Washburn, played great for the Frogs and was very efficient from the floor going 8-11 with 16 points and 8 rebounds.  Kyan Anderson shot 1-6 from inside the arc, but hit all of TCU's threes going 4-7. Anderson also scored 16 and dished out 6 assists to 0 turnovers.  Trey Zeigler also chipped in with 15 points on 6-12 shooting.

The Wildcats had a rough time putting the ball in the basket shooting 39.7% from the field as a team.  LOTS of missed layups combined with going 1-6 from three, is not a recipe to win games.  Marcus Foster was dreadful going 0-5 from the floor with 0 points.  Granted, he didn't play many minutes due to foul trouble and because his coach seemingly hates him, but still.  Need to make things happen for your team when you have the chance.  Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams were really the only starters who made real contributions.  Gipson had 16 points and 7 rebounds on 6-10 shooting.  Williams battled through foul trouble and still put up a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Malek Harris did chip in 10 points off the bench.

With the loss, K-State's dreams at a backdoor NCAA bid are most likely dashed.  But TCU gets its first ever Big XII tournament win and is rewarded with playing Kansas in Round 2.  Game is at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Texas Cruises Past Tech in Second Half

Box Score

Texas Tech was only down four at half, but the Longhorns finally lived up to some sort of expectations and blew out the Red Raiders in the second half.  Final score ended up at 65-53, but it certainly didn't feel that close.  Nonetheless, the close score at half gave this Cyclone fan a glimmer of hope that Iowa State would mayyyybbbeee get to play TTU.  That was most certainly a pipe dream.

Texas did what they usually do and dominated the boards to the tune of 39 to 24.  22(!) of those were offensive.  Cameron Ridley didn't play all that much in the first half, but when Texas made their run Ridley simply imposed his will on a smaller Tech team.  He finished with 14 points and 8 boards with 5 of those on the offensive end.  Other than that, Texas was pretty balanced on the offensive end.  Jonathan Holmes finished with 9 points and 8 boards.  Kendal Yancy had 13 points and 5 assists.  Isaiah Taylor finished with 12 points and 7 assists.

Toddrick Gotcher, Norense Odiase, and Robert Turner all finished in double figures for Texas Tech.  They had 12, 11, and 11 respectively.  In all honesty, there is not much else to report on for the Red Raiders.  Once Texas took the horns to them, they cruised to the finish.  Again, this score is not representative how of close this game was.  Poor Tubby.

Up next for the Longhorns is our precious Iowa State Cyclones at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.