Big 12 Tournament 2017: Semifinals Scores, Championship Bracket and Schedule

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2017

Kansas may dominate the regular season in the Big 12, but the Jayhawks aren't in the running to take home a conference tournament title after falling in shocking fashion to TCU on Thursday.

That left four teams jockeying for a conference title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Below, we'll break down the day's semifinal results.

Big 12 Tournament: Semifinal Results
TeamScoreTeam
TCU63-84Iowa State
Kansas State50-51West Virginia
Source: ESPN

 

Big 12 Tournament: Saturday Schedule
MatchupTime (ET)Watch
Iowa State vs. West Virginia6 p.m.ESPN
Source: ESPN

 

West Virginia Beats Kansas State, 51-50

After scoring just 16 points in the first half, West Virginia's offense came to life in the second half to earn a 51-50 win over Kansas State and berth in the Big 12 title game. 

Kansas State had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Kamau Stokes picked up his dribble behind the three-point line with five seconds left and threw up an off-balance shot that hit off the rim after being unable to find an open man.

The Mountaineers took a 51-50 lead with 19 seconds remaining on Esa Ahmad's free throw. It was their first lead since going up 8-7 with less than 11 minutes to play in the first half. 

Ahmad set the pace for West Virginia's offense with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Second-chance opportunties were also critical for the Mountaineers, as 16 of their 44 rebounds came on the offensive glass and helped offset a woeful shooting percentage of 26.7.

One more win on Saturday will give West Virginia its first Big 12 tournament title since joining the conference in 2012. It lost to Kansas in last year's final. 

 

Iowa State Beats TCU, 84-63

The TCU Horned Frogs likely saw their NCAA tournament hopes dashed for good Friday night as the Iowa State Cyclones blew them out 84-63.

Deonte Burton led the way for Iowa State, posting 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. Vladimir Brodziansky and Jaylen Fisher led the way for TCU with 10 points apiece.

Iowa State now has a golden chance to claim a Big 12 tournament title and improve its NCAA tournament seed in the process. TCU, meanwhile, is almost assuredly headed to the NIT.

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