KU, West Virginia set for smashing Big 12 finale

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It’s hard to fathom that today brings the vaunted Jayhawks’ first berth in the Big 12 tournament title game since 2013.

Opposing West Virginia, of course, couldn’t care less. And even as the two teams prepare to lock horns at 6 p.m. ET (online sports book Bovada.lv installs Bill Self's squad as a 5-point favorite), people continue trying to wrap their heads around Friday night’s scene at the Sprint Center.

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Kansas withstood a stern Baylor charge in a 70-66 semifinal victory powered by Perry Ellis’ second straight 20-point effort. What followed, though, truly regaled the arena.

Jevon Carter had stepped up for the struggling Jaysean Paige and put the Mountaineers in the driver’s seat vs. Oklahoma. As the buzzer sounded, however, Sooners stud Buddy Hield’s halfcourt heave banked off the backboard and through the net.

The officials’ ensuing review determined that Hield failed to launch the shot in time. WVU finally exhaled, took the 69-67 win and began brainstorming how to go for seven in a row.

Lawrence’s ardent fan base probably scoffs at such a “middling” figure. The Jayhawks are riding a 13-game winning streak, even though they dropped a home game vs. West Virginia on Feb. 9.

At some juncture, Bob Huggins’ troops will succumb to fatigue. KU thus runs its ATS record to a remarkable 11-3 record over the last 14.

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