Big 12 Bounce: conference teams end championship hopes

Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger



Sweet Sixteen

West Virginia vs Gonzaga

(Jackson Lavarnway, Flickr)

Despite horrible stats, West Virginia lost in a nail-biter against Gonzaga, 61-58. Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter missed two potential game-tying 3-pointers and failed to get the third off before the buzzer. WVU couldn’t get any shots to fall as it shot an astounding 26 percent from the field and 21 percent from behind the arc. The Mountaineers got a 58‑55 lead with 1:47 left on the clock but failed to score a basket after that. Carter was the only Mountaineer to score double digits with 21 points.


Purdue vs Kansas

The Kansas Jayhawks soared away from Purdue, blowing the Boilermakers out, 98-66. KU went into halftime up seven. The Jayhawks stepped up their defense in the second half as they outscored the Boilermakers 51-26. KU was automatic from the field, shooting 54 percent from the field and 53 percent from 3-point land. Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham were the leading scorers for the Jayhawks with 26 points each. Freshman Josh Jackson tallied a double‑double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.


South Carolina vs Baylor

Baylor couldn’t stop South Carolina’s Cinderella run, losing 70-50. The 20-point loss is the worst tournament defeat in school history for the Bears. USC kept confusing Baylor by mixing up its defensive schemes to force 16 turnovers. It was not the Bears’ day as they shot 30 percent from the field and 23 percent from behind the arc. The Bears’ defense couldn’t stop the fast-pace Gamecocks as they went on multiple double-digit runs. Baylor star forward Jonathan Motley was held to 18 points and nine rebounds.


Elite Eight

Oregon vs Kansas

(Kurt Steiss, O’Colly)

Kansas failed to reach the Final Four after losing to Oregon 74-60 Saturday. Part of the reason it couldn’t get over the hump is that KU shot 35 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc. The largest deficit for KU was 55-37. The Jayhawks failed to get a defensive rebound after they cut the lead to 66-60. KU couldn’t stop Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey, who scored 27 points. Frank Mason III led the Jayhawks with 21 points. His supporting cast did not step up to the plate as Josh Jackson didn’t score until halfway through the second half and Devonte Graham shot 0-for-7 from the field.

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