No. 5 Kansas clinches crown, loses to Oklahoma St

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 12:32 am •  Published: March 2, 2014
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Kansas clinched the Big 12 regular-season title Saturday. There was no celebration.

The fifth-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up the outright championship before tipoff against Oklahoma State because Texas and Iowa State lost earlier. Marcus Smart made it bittersweet by scoring 20 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Cowboys defeat Kansas 72-65.

"To me, we missed our opportunity to celebrate," Jayhawks coach Bill Self said.

Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points, Joel Embiid had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Wayne Selden added 13 points for Kansas (22-7, 13-3).

Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9) overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half. The Cowboys shot 64 percent from the field after the break.

"What's frustrating to me is we had the game where we wanted it and then we didn't make competitive plays down the stretch to give us the best chance to win," Self said.

Kansas committed 22 turnovers, most of which Self thought were avoidable.

"I think it was more us tonight than them," he said. "They did a good job of jumping up in passing lanes and things like that, but there were more poor plays than there were good plays. They did a good job guarding us, don't get me wrong, but most of our turnovers, I think, were more self-inflicted than it was them pressuring us into them."

Markel Brown scored 21 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 16 points for Oklahoma State, which got away with being outrebounded 42-24.

Wiggins' three-point play tied the game at 64 with just over 2 minutes to play.

Kamari Murphy's layup gave Oklahoma State a 66-64 lead with 1:37 remaining. Kansas' Naadir Tharpe missed a jumper, and Murphy pulled in the rebound.

Smart made a layup with 46.1 seconds left to push Oklahoma State's lead to four, then he broke the press and hit another layup with 23.8 seconds to go to put the game out of reach.

The Jayhawks led 26-25 at halftime despite 35 percent shooting.

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