The 2017 Big 12 tournament continued Thursday with the quarterfinal round from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Tenth-seeded Texas represented the only surprise entrant in the final eight after scoring a minor upset over rival Texas Tech in Wednesday's first round.
Most of the conference's NCAA tournament considerations were already locked in heading into the event. Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State and Oklahoma State are in barring a Selection Sunday shocker. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports listed Kansas State as the Big 12's one true bubble team.
Let's take a look at all of the scores from the quarterfinals, which will get updated through the conclusion of play Thursday night. That's followed by the semifinal slate and a recap of the day's games.
|2017 Big 12 Tournament: Quarterfinals (March 9)|
|Game No.||Matchup||Result/Time (ET)|
|3||(4) Iowa State vs. (5) Oklahoma State||92-83 IA ST|
|4||(1) Kansas vs. (8) TCU||85-82 TCU|
|5||(2) West Virginia vs. (10) Texas||63-53 WV|
|6||(3) Baylor vs. (6) Kansas State||70-64 KSU|
|2017 Big 12 Tournament: Semifinals (March 10)|
|Game No.||Matchup||Time (ET)|
|7||(4) Iowa State vs. (8) TCU||7 p.m.|
|8||(2) West Virginia vs. (6) Kansas State||9 p.m.|
Iowa State 92, Oklahoma State 83
Iowa State put up 53 points after halftime to pull away from Oklahoma State in a highly entertaining start to the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Senior guard Monte Morris nearly had a triple-double for the Cyclones with a team-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds and nine assists. They shot 53.6 percent from the field, including 50 percent (12-of-24) from three-point range, in the win.
Deonte Burton (17 points), Nazareth Mitrou-Long (14), Matt Thomas (13) and Darrell Bowie (13) also hit double figures in scoring for the high-powered Iowa State offense.
Meanwhile, it was a two-man show for the Cowboys. Jawun Evans led the way with 29 points. Jeffrey Carroll added 21 points and seven rebounds. The rest of the team combined to shoot just 27 percent, which doomed Oklahoma State in a shootout.
While the Cyclones should be safely in the NCAA tournament field, a deep run in the Big 12 tourney would go a long way toward improving their seeding. The Bracket Matrix projected them on the No. 6 line coming into Thursday's play.
TCU 85, Kansas 82
TCU watched an 11-point lead slip away in the second half, but the Horned Frogs fought back and came up clutch in the final minute to score an upset of top-seeded Kansas. The Jayhawks were without freshman sensation Josh Jackson, who served a one-game team suspension.
Kenrich Williams set the tone of both ends of the floor with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals to spark the upset. Desmond Bane made a trio of free throws with two seconds left after getting fouled by Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk to complete the shocker for TCU.
Frank Mason III shined once again for Kansas. The Jayhawks' leading scorer posted 29 points and six assists. Fellow senior Landen Lucas also had a strong showing with a double-double—13 points and 14 rebounds—but it wasn't enough to overcome Jackson's absence.
Kansas still holds the inside track on a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament despite the unexpected early exit from the conference tourney. That said, the team's chances of getting the top overall seed likely faded away given the strength of Villanova, North Carolina and Gonzaga.
Meanwhile, TCU's seven-game losing streak prior to the Big 12 Tournament may have doomed their at-large chances. The Horned Frogs are now just two victories away from getting an automatic bid and trimming the size of the bubble by one, though.
West Virginia 63, Texas 53
Unlike TCU, Texas couldn't play spoiler to one of the tournament favorites Thursday and fell to West Virginia 63-53.
The Mountaineers built a nine-point lead by halftime and extended it to double digits for much of the second half before the Longhorns made a charge and pulled within four. However, West Virginia controlled the final minutes and clinched the victory with relative ease.
Jevon Carter was the only West Virginia player to score in double figures with 21 points, but a total of nine Mountaineers scored in a balanced effort. The victors also shot 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from three-point range and forced 14 Texas turnovers with their full-court pressure.
Texas struggled on the offensive side, shooting 35.1 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from deep. Andrew Jones led the team with 13 points, while Jarrett Allen nearly tallied a double-double with nine points and 10 boards.
Now that Kansas is eliminated, West Virginia is the best remaining seed and is two victories away from a tournament title.
Kansas State 70, Baylor 64
The Kansas State Wildcats earned a critical victory for their NCAA tournament resume and moved a step closer toward removing themselves from the bubble with a 70-64 win over the No. 3 seed Baylor Bears.
The two sides went into intermission tied after a back-and-forth first half, but Kansas State's 7-0 run early in the second half when the game was knotted at 33 set the tone for the remainder. The Wildcats opened up a double-digit lead with less than five minutes remaining and again with less than three minutes left.
Baylor pulled within four but couldn't overcome the Wildcats' advantage in the closing moments.
Barry Brown finished with 21 points for Kansas State, while D.J. Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Al Freeman led the way for Baylor with 16 points.