Big 12 tournament final: K-State vs. Kansas

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks (-5, 134)

Top-seeded Kansas looks for its ninth Big 12 tournament title when it meets second-seeded Kansas State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Mo. The No. 6 Jayhawks are 8-1 in championship games and have dominated the conference winning nine straight regular-season titles. A victory would appear to make Kansas a lock for one of the four top seeds in the NCAA Tournament field.
 
Kansas State is looking for its first Big 12 tournament title. The No. 12 Wildcats last reached the final in 2010 before losing to their in-state rivals. The Wildcats were also swept by Kansas in the regular season losing by four at home and a decisive 21 on the road.

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ABOUT KANSAS (28-5): The Jayhawks punched their ticket in the final with an easy 88-75 victory over Iowa State in the semifinals. Kansas swept three games from the Cyclones and improved 5-0 in games at the Sprint Center. Kansas is 19-5 all-time at the venue and won the CBE Classic on the same court earlier this season. The Jayhawks apparently enjoy shooting at the Sprint Center. They shot a tournament record 66 percent in their quarterfinal dismantling of Texas Tech and hit 53.2 percent against Iowa State to average 89.5 points in the two games. Kansas entered the game 27th in the nation in scoring. Kerry Ellis scored a career-high 23 points off the bench against the Cyclones replacing Kevin Young who left the game with an injured ankle and did not return. Kansas coach Bill Self said Young should be available for the title game as x-rays on his lower leg came back negative.

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (27-6): Rodney McGruder led all scorers with 25 points as Kansas State eased past Oklahoma State on Friday to avenge a loss on the final day of the regular season which prevented the Wildcats from winning the outright Big 12 title. Angel Rodriguez also had a hot hand in the semifinal game, battling Cowboys' star Marcus Smart even in duel of two of the best guards in the conference. Rodriguez finished with 17 points and six assists. Kansas State center Jordan Henriquez bears watching in the title game. Henriquez was treated for back pains at a hospital early Friday, but came back to score eight points and grab a game-high 11 rebounds. He'll have his hands full with Kansas center Jeff Withey.

TRENDS:

* Jayhawks are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
* Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday games.
* Jayhawks are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big 12 foes.

TIP-INS

1. Self is 20-4 in Big 12 tournament play.

2. Top seeds have won seven titles while No. 2 seeds have won four in the 16-year history of the tournament.

3. Kansas is 34-8 all-time in Big 12 tournament action.

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