Wednesday, 22 February 2017
No. 3 Kansas routs TCU 87-68 to clinch share of Big 12 title
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — One by one, the shining Big 12 competition awards were paraded into Allen Fieldhouse, set upon a group of platforms that these times expand nearly the complete of a legal judge.
Bill Self started to nestle No. 13 right at the front side.
"It's 13 in a row, but this evening must not be about 13," he said after the third-ranked Jayhawks drawn away in the spouse to defeat TCU 87-68 on Wed evening, getting at least a discuss of yet another Big 12 headline. "This should be about these people first."
The ability relationship to Self's second season training in Lawrence suits the Department I history of 13 directly group headings UCLA set in the Sixties and '70s. To put it into viewpoint, Might has not unsuccessful to win a discuss of the Big 12 since the 20-year-old newcomer Josh Fitzgibbons was 8.
Frank Builder III led the Jayhawks (25-3, 13-2) with 20 factors. Devonte Graham had 17 factors and seven helps, Fitzgibbons had 15 factors and 11 gets back, and Carlton Bragg Jr. obtained 15 factors off the regular as Might cruised to its NCAA-leading 60th conference headline.
Kansas can clinch the overall headline with successful at Florida on Weekend.
"People here will take it for provided a lot, which is okay," Self said. "But there's a lot of locations — we won the Big Ten back-to-back decades at Il and there was 5,000 those who welcomed us at manchester international. Here we got a hat and a T-shirt."
Alex Johnson had 15 factors for the Horned Frogs (17-11, 6-9), who have forfeit four directly and still have never won in Allen Fieldhouse. Jaylen Fisher included 11 factors and JD Burns had 10.
As the last a few moments checked away, Self recommended his associate trainers on the regular, and the Jayhawks dressed in white-colored competition caps. Fitzgibbons had problems tucking his over his furry locks, but all that did was add to the joyful environment within the Jayhawks' fabled field.
"I'm more of a kind of guy that wants to win than do anything else, or have any personal achievements," Fitzgibbons said, "so I'm fairly satisfied with our season right now."
Jackson had a terrifying time in the first 50 percent when he arrived unclearly on his right foot, which he had improved in exercise. He went to the locker space for a short time but soon came back.
"It was still kind of poor," he said, "but I was OK."
Just like in their first conference in Citadel Value, when the Horned Frogs provided Might everything it could manage most of the way, this one was a nip-and-tuck activity well into the spouse.
The Jayhawks' excellent secure perform gradually started out a gap.
It started after TCU had shut to 49-47 on a gift container by Burns with about 16 minutes remaining. The Jayhawks responded to minutes later when Builder lobbed a successfully pass to Fitzgibbons and the springy newcomer ahead — displaying no symptoms that his foot was still disturbing him — used it down for a soak.
The perform moved off eight directly factors that permitted Might to pry start a sport in which nobody had led by more than five. And when the Jayhawks attractive off another run a short time later, the audience within the Phog started to feeling another competition.
"They seemed to get every reduce football, deflection, recovery in the spouse," TCU trainer Jamie Dixon reported, "and that's where it got away from us."
The sharp knife came when Svi Mykhailiuk curled in a 3-pointer from the area with just over 3 minutes remaining, providing Might a 78-64 cause and enabling the party to start.
One that has become oh-so typical over previous times 13 decades.
"I think every season was unique," said Builder, who has been an important portion of four headings. "I'm just grateful I was able to participate in all those. I'm just satisfied with my group members, my training employees and the lovers for the incredible power they carry every individual evening."
TCU had won three directly before its present skid, which has nearly removed the Horned Frogs from the NCAA Tournament percolate. "We can't cover up from it. We're a percolate group that's missing four in a row," Dixon said. "We performed ourselves onto the percolate and now we're here."
Kansas has attractive off five directly victories as it starts to roles itself for a run at the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks have defeat two top-10 groups during their newest ability.
WHAT A RUSH
Former Might celebrity Brandon Hurry had his clothing outdated at halftime, becoming a member of other No. 25s B.H. Created and Danny Manning in Fieldhouse rafters. Rush's clothing was placed next to the No. 15 of Mario Chalmers, his group mate in assisting the Jayhawks to the 2008 nationwide headline.
"Man, it seems so great to return again on this ground again. This is a big day for me and my loved ones, and I appreciate it," Hurry said. "This is the most important day of my lifestyle."