Kansas Wallops K-State to Capture 2013 Big 12 Tournament Title

Thad NovakCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2013

For the third time this season, the Kansas Jayhawks have defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 70-54. The Jayhawks wrap up the Big 12 tournament title and put themselves in prime position to contend for a No. 1 seed.

Jeff Withey dominated the smaller Wildcats in the second half, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds. Perry Ellis, fresh off his star turn against Iowa State, played another outstanding game off the bench, racking up 12 points and six boards of his own.

Rodney McGruder turned in a valiant effort in the loss for K-State, scoring a game-high 18 points (14 in the second half). Jordan Henriquez was hampered by foul trouble in the second half, but played sensational defense while finishing with six points and five rebounds.

The Wildcats are headed for a top-four seed of their own tomorrow, and they have nothing to be ashamed of after a fine defensive effort today. The offense, though, just couldn't crack the best field-goal defense in college hoops, shooting 21-for-60 from the field.

Kansas overcame 15 turnovers on the strength of unusually impressive three-point shooting (7-for-14). The Jayhawks took home the title in spite of a dreadful game from scoring leader Ben McLemore, who scored just five points on 2-for-7 shooting.