Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. exits with apparent eye injury

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The #1 Seed Kansas Jayhawks played the # 16 Seed UC Davis Aggies at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, March 17, 2017 during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament. This game was a complete flip from their last matchup, as the Cowboys won 82-64 down in Stillwater on March 3.

So far so good for KU: In its first game without injured 7-footer Udoka Azubuike (sprained MCL), Kansas shot 56.1 percent against Oklahoma State.

But as the Jayhawks locked down in the inside, the dynamics of a tight game changed in drastic fashion. Arizona State (20-11) has dropped five of its last six. "Then we have to do what we do - turn them over and get out in transition". "We've got to meet that head on, and I think we will". We were a bit short on our shots, and that's what happens. "Hopefully, we'll get in". Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas all finished at 8-10.

"Some of us have more bruises than others, but I think the Big 12 is the strongest conference from top to bottom in America", said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton, whose Cowboys (18-13) are also trying to play their way into the dance. OU enters the week with an RPI of 36). From there, it's just three wins to win the title. There is a reason why Kansas is now ranked in the top ten while Kansas State is not.

"We got back to playing defense in the second half, but you can't wait until the second half to beat a team like OSU", OU guard Trae Young said.

Azubuike worked out on the bike Friday and Self said: "Hopefully we'll get him on the court in the next two days although that doesn't mean he's going to play". "He's really carried us these first two games".

On paper, a Texas State team that snapped a nine-game losing streak against Coastal Carolina on Friday is facing the 26-5 Ragin' Cajuns, but the Bobcarts have played teams close.

The Sooners were ranked fourth in mid-January. "It's very disappointing", Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.

Oklahoma State helped its NCAA Tournament resume by beating the Sooners for the fourth time in five meetings, but a win over the Jayhawks on Thursday would nearly certainly lock up an at-large bid. The Cowboys (19-13) still could have more work to do.

To foul or not to foul: Kansas State coach Bruce Weber admitted that his team should've fouled TCU before Bane's game-tying 3-pointer from the wing forced overtime.

In total, Lunardi had eight Big 12 schools in the field with Oklahoma State and Nebraska on the bubble but just missing the tournament.

All of today's games, as well as the Semifinals and Big 12 Championship Game later this week, will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri and can be watched on ESPN/ESPN2 or streaming via the WatchESPN app.

When local teams make it to the later rounds of the tournament, local businesses benefit. Marquette faces No. 2 Villanova on Thursday. "For us, he's made shots in this tournament". Louisville (20-12) can erase all doubt by knocking off top-ranked Virginia in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Oklahoma State's early surge, which included a 16-2 run.

Yankuba Sima, whose previous high was seven points against Texas, scored all 11 of his buckets in the first half, which ended in a 43-42 Kansas advantage.

It's something the Jayhawks had hoped for all season. Duke beat the Tar Heels in the semifinals at Barclays last season. But more importantly, it was a final chance to try to convince the NCAA Tournament committee the Cowboys belong in the Big Dance. But they can worry about the NCAA Tournament at a later time. The 7-footer will be re-evaluated on Sunday and is expected to return next week ahead of the NCAA Tournament.

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