Newman explodes as No. 9 Kansas defeats Oklahoma State
Mar 10 2018
"I'm just going to try to relax because I know how stressful that can be, especially for the seniors in here", Waters said.
Kansas State guard Barry Brown made a layup with 11 seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner, though he missed the ensuing free throw that could have pushed the margin to three.
"I was kind of beating myself (up) and down on myself because I felt like the two times that we did play (OSU), I was a huge contributor to us losing by me not being locked in, not paying attention to the scouting report and things like that", Newman said. "They play really hard, and a lot of their points came off their rebounding". In the Sooners' last game against OSU, an 83-81 loss in Stillwater, Young was the only one to reach that plateau. Cartier made a couple of good plays for us, got energy going. "Knowing that was something that we needed, it shows what he has inside of him".
Malik Newman scored a career-high 30 points, Svi Mykhailiuk added 13 and ninth-ranked Kansas beat the Cowboys 82-68.
The teams couldn't have played a more even first half, swapping the lead seven times with seven ties and ending in a 30-all deadlock at the break. White has emerged as the top college basketball handicapper this season too, with a sterling overall record of 40-24.
"This is what it comes down to, the postseason", Newman said. "You have to fake a pass to make a pass against them, find the gaps".
"I just have to move on and continue to work to get better and learn from the situation", he said talking about his struggles from the line.
A season, and possibly a college career, that could effectively be over. "We went to Allen Fieldhouse and got a win".
But the win meant more than that.
Desmond Bane sent the game to overtime with a desperation three-pointer.
Azubuike is out for the Big 12 Tournament, though Self expressed optimism that he'd be able to return for the NCAA Tournament.
Even walk-on James Sosinski logged 85 seconds of playing time, as the football tight end helped KU survive the final 1:25 of the first half without risking another foul by Lightfoot or De Sousa. "Brady goes and gets those, and I was surprised he didn't go get that one".
Kansas State will be without All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade in Friday night's Big 12 Tournament semifinal game against Kansas.
But the Wildcats had a chance to prevent it from getting that far.
Oklahoma State had a 53-27 rebounding advantage against Oklahoma. Kansas shouldn't feel the effects of nothing having Udoka Azubuike as the Wildcats are not a great rebounding team in general and although the Wildcats defense will be a tougher test for the Jayhawks, I think Kansas offense does just enough to cover this spread. "We played good. I thought we could have played better". Kansas State almost won the game in regulation, but TCU'sDesmond Bane sank a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer-his only three points of the game-to send the contest to overtime.
Freshman guard Trae Young was once again phenomenal for the Sooners, recording 22 points, five assists and three rebounds.
Jeffrey Carroll scored 17 points and Kendall Smith had 14 for the No. 8 seed Cowboys, who can only hope their opening-round win over Oklahoma solidified their spot in the NCAA Tournament.