Kansas clinches share of another Big 12 title
Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Naadir Tharpe had 19 points and five assists, and No. 5 Kansas clinched at least a share of its 10th straight Big 12 title with an 83-75 win over Oklahoma.
Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden each gave 15 points, while Joel Embiid scored 12 points with 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (22-6, 13-2 Big 12), who have won their past four games.
It is an NCAA record 57th time that Kansas has either won or shared a conference regular-season title.
Cameron Clark had 18 points, Buddy Hield scored 16 and Jordan Woodard gave 10 points and six helpers for the Sooners (20-8, 9-6), who had won three of four coming in.
Oklahoma was trailing by two points with under seven minutes to play after Clark hit a jumper to make it a 65-63 game. After Tharpe hit two free throws, misses at either end was followed by a miss from Je-lon Hornbeak, with Perry Ellis making his two from the stripe for a 69-63 lead.
A jumper from Isaiah Cousins followed by a free throw from Ryan Spangler made it a three-point game with four minutes to play.
Tharpe had his jumper blocked by Cousins, but he then stole the ball off of Hornbeak and put in a layup. Spangler was blocked by Embiid at the other end and Wiggins drained a 3-pointer for a 74-66 advantage with under three minutes to play.
A Hield 3-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes left made it a 76-71 game, but Tharpe countered with a jumper, and the Sooners never got closer than six down the stretch.
Kansas had built a 15-4 lead five minutes in after a Wiggins jumper, but Oklahaom answered with a 13-2 run to tie the game.
The Jayhawks closed the half with 10 unanswered points to take a 42-33 lead into the locker room.
A 13-4 run from Oklahoma to start the second half saw the team tie the game at 46-all on a Hield three-point play four minutes in.
Kansas' conference title streak is tied for the third longest all-time ... Oklahoma hosts Texas on Saturday ... Kansas plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday ... Kansas have won 12 of the last 13 games with the Sooners, and own a 141-65 lead in the series ... Kansas dominated the glass, 40-29.
02/24 23:47:45 ET