Thanks to a huge performance from star freshman Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State has reached the Big 12 championship game.
The Cowboys, behind a 25-point night from Cunningham, knocked off top-seeded Baylor 83-74 on Friday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Baylor held a five-point lead with just less than six minutes to go. With just more than two minutes to go, Oklahoma State took control. The Cowboys ended the night on a 10-2 run over the last 2:33 of the game, and held Baylor scoreless for more than two minutes in that stretch to take the nine-point win.
Cunningham shot 7-of-16 from the field. Avery Anderson added 20 points, and Rondel Walker 11 off the bench. Macio Teague led Baylor with 17 points and six rebounds, and Jared Butler finished with 16 points.
Oklahoma State will square up with Texas in the title game Saturday. Texas was set to take on Kansas in its semifinals game, however Kansas had to pull out of the tournament after a positive COVID-19 test. Its status in the NCAA tournament is now in question.
Baylor should still keep No. 1 seed
Though the Bears fell short of the conference title game, they should keep a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Baylor lost just twice this season, the first coming at the hands of No. 11 Kansas. That loss happened after a lengthy coronavirus shutdown — and four days after a near-loss to Iowa State, who didn’t win a game in conference play.
While it will undoubtedly depend on how the Big Ten tournament shakes out — Illinois and Michigan held No. 1 seeds in ESPN’s latest Bracketology, and Iowa and Ohio State held No. 2 seeds — the Bears’ spot should be safe.
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