Culver voted Big 12 player of year by league’s coaches

Kansas State clinches share of Big 12 basketball title with Texas Tech after victory over Oklahoma

Kansas State clinches share of Big 12 basketball title with Texas Tech after victory over Oklahoma

Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver has been voted Big 12 player of the year and coach Chris Beard has been honored as coach of the year after the Red Raiders shared the regular-season title with Kansas State.

No. 19 Iowa State built a big lead and held on to top No. 22 Texas 75-69 on Sunday in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Their first game will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against the victor of Game 1, pitting the 8th-seeded team against the 9th-seeded team.

Oklahoma has the chance to play spoiler for the second time this week as a win vs Kansas State on Saturday evening will crown Texas Tech the outright conference champs.

In the 68-64 Cyclone victory, the Red Raiders made just 6-15 (40%) free throws and shot just 6-18 (33.3%) from 3-point range. Williams converted a three-point play with one second left.

"We talked about staying poised and continuing to be who we were that whole game", Middleton said.

Williams had pulled Texas within one with 5 1/2 minutes to go before Olamide Aborowa blocked a shot by Carleton. Iowa State cut Tech's lead to 57-55, but Culver hit back-to-back layups high off the glass to make it 62-55 with 6:57 left.

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"[Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly] just said 'this is why you came here, '" Middleton said, "and it is - moments like this, playing on a big stage, playing a lot of minutes".

"I think we got better, and I think we came together", Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

The lead was also 11 at the half, 43-32. Williams and Sutton combined for UT's last 14 points.

Desmond Bane made six 3-pointers and scored 34 points to help TCU hand Texas a critical loss that could be a big blow to the Longhorns' NCAA Tournament hopes.

"Someone asked me when I was walking down the hall: 'Are you excited to play Baylor?'" Fennelly said, "and the answer's yes because if we're not playing [Monday], we lost [Sunday]". Carleton had the first two baskets of the second half and a Scott layup capped a 13-0 run for a 36-20 lead.

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