No. 6 Kansas slips past TCU to keep on being tied atop Big 12

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Kansas mentor Monthly bill Self known as issue guard Dajuan Harris a thing unfit for print just after his scoreless general performance at TCU before this week served as a microcosm of the Jayhawks’ entire listless effectiveness.

Effectively, Harris and the relaxation of his team built absolutely sure Self would not repeat those people words and phrases Thursday night time.

Ochai Agbaji scored 22 details, Harris showed some moxie by blocking Mike Miles’ shot in the last seconds. and the sixth-rated Jayhawks avenged their reduction to the Horned Frogs two times earlier with a 72-68 victory that solid a tie with Baylor atop the Large 12 heading into their frequent-season finales.

Christian Braun was 4 for 4 from the subject and extra 12 details, Harris scored 11 and David McCormack completed with 10 for the Jayhawks (24-6, 13-4), who will face No. 21 Texas on Saturday just hrs just before the third-ranked Bears confront Iowa Point out to make a decision the convention title and the No. 1 seed in subsequent week’s Huge 12 Match.

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Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets past TCU center Souleymane Doumbia (25) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) will get earlier TCU centre Souleymane Doumbia (25) to place up a shot during the very first fifty percent of an NCAA school basketball video game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan.
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“That is a challenging staff for us because they’re so athletic,” Self claimed, “and it negates us in a lot of means. They can swap and they’re interchangeable. It is a tricky matchup for us.”

The Jayhawks were set in a gain-or-else predicament Tuesday night time when TCU managed them conveniently at household. But with a packed Allen Fieldhouse at the rear of them, Self’s crew regrouped Thursday evening, beating a sluggish begin to switch back again the Horned Frogs (19-10, 8-9) in the make-up of a video game postponed from Jan. 1 since of COVID-19.

Not that it was simple at any level.

The Jayhawks have been clinging to a 71-68 lead when the Horned Frogs forced a shot-clock violation with eight seconds remaining in the video game. Miles tried out to go to the rim for a layup but was blocked by Harris, and the ball landed in the arms of teammate Jalen Wilson, who designed a person of two no cost throws to place the sport away.

“We said be prepared to get a 3 but if we had a layup to go,” TCU mentor Jamie Dixon stated. “I like our greatest dude likely to the rim with that substantially time left.”

He just didn’t count on Harris to be there with a chip on his shoulder.

“We viewed the TCU game from previous video game (and) coach known as me a little something I did not like,” Harris reported with a smile, “so I had to exhibit him I was not that word. I can’t even say it.”

Emanuel Miller scored 18 points to lead the Horned Frogs. Damion Baugh finished with 14 points.

The Jayhawks by no means showed a complete lot of combat Tuesday night, when they permitted TCU to dictate just about every thing — the tempo, the design, the last rating. But at the very least Mitch Lightfoot confirmed a little Thursday night, when their senior bought into a jawing match with Eddie Lampkin Jr. and proceeded to throw down an ally-oop dunk at the rear of his back.

Naturally, the jawing resumed and Lightfoot was hit with a complex foul. But that only served to ramp up the electricity degree inside Allen Fieldhouse, where the two teams experienced played to a 35-all draw by the halftime buzzer.

It took foul issues to slow the Horned Frogs down in the 2nd fifty percent.

Miles, who scored 19 in the earn at Schollmaier Arena, took a seat with 4 fouls with 10 minutes to go. Lampkin joined him on the bench when the bruising forward picked up his fourth with just more than 7 minutes to go.

Kansas ultimately pulled forward 60-59 when Agbaji built a pair of no cost throws. Then, the Significant 12’s main scorer stepped in entrance of Baugh’s go and went the size of the ground for a dunk that fired up the largely mask-a lot less crowd.

Braun inevitably capped an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer that gave Kansas a 69-61 direct with 2 1/2 minutes to enjoy, and the Jayhawks held on the rest of the way to remain tied atop the meeting standings.

“They ended up the far more intense crew just total,” Braun explained of the matchup Tuesday night. “We understood we had to punch them back. They punched us at their dwelling, we had to reply. We understood this game was definitely significant for our objectives.”

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TCU was just 4 of 16 from past the arc right after going 3 for 15 in the matchup in Fort Worthy of, Texas. But not like that recreation, when the Horned Frogs compensated with just 7 turnovers, they had 15 of them on Thursday night.

Kansas also struggled from beyond the arc, and it was outrebounded for the next straight match by TCU. But the foul line proved to be the big difference, in which the Jayhawks had been 18 of 23 and produced a couple crucial ones down the stretch.

UP Next

TCU wraps up the typical season Saturday at West Virginia.

Kansas welcomes the Longhorns to Allen Fieldhouse.

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