Heartland College Sports is live at the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and our hoops writer, Matthew Postins, posted live inside the Sprint Center after the first two games of Thursday’s quarterfinals, as Iowa State and Kansas State won to advance to the semifinals
Iowa State won the early game, 83-66, behind 21 points from freshman guard Talen Horton-Tucker and 18 points from senior guard Marial Shayok. The Cyclones shot better than 50 percent from the game and from the 3-point line. But Postins explains there were two other factors that helped lead to the Cyclones’ win over the Bears.
Kansas State, meanwhile, delighted a pseudo-home crowd with a 70-61 win over TCU. The Wildcats were without Dean Wade, but they got Cartier Diarra back from injury after a month. And while both Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown Jr. had good games for the Wildcats, Postins explains that it was another player that hit the big shot at the end, and that it was one that almost looked like a prayer.
The Cyclones and the Wildcats will meet in the quarterfinals on Friday. Be sure to stick with HeartlandCollegeSports.com for the preview of that game, along with coverage of the rest of the tournament.