6:00 PM ET, March 16, 2013
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One by one, Kansas players headed to the top step of the ladder to cut down the nets, with Jeff Withey carefully nipping at a piece of nylon and then waving it to the roar of the fans.There was no way the Jayhawks were going to share this celebration.No way they were going to share this title.Withey had 17 points and nine rebounds Saturday night, and the seventh-ranked Jayhawks used their trademark suffocating defense to beat No. 11 Kansas State 70-54 and win the their ninth Big 12 tournament championship -- not to mention the tiebreaker over their regular-season co-champs.
Around Champ Week
MVP: If just one player, it would have to be Jeff Withey, who tallied 19 points and 9 rebounds and was his usual defensive wall in the lane. But credit also goes to freshman Perry Ellis, who contributed 12 points and 6 rebounds in just 13 minutes off the bench.
X factor: The Wildcats simply couldn't shoot. They were 21-of-60 overall (35 percent), 6-of-24 from deep (25 percent) and 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the charity stripe. Not good enough.
That was...predictable: Give all the credit in the world to K-State, which won a share of its first league title since 1977 under first-year coach Bruce Weber. But the Cats just aren't on the same level as KU this season. No matter what the standings say, 3-0 is 3-0.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-60 (.350)||26-53 (.491)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-24 (.250)||7-14 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-12 (.500)||11-14 (.786)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||9 (0/0)|