Veruca Salt, “Eyes On You” from Ghost Notes
Released July 10, 2015 via El Camino Records
At the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal in Kansas City, the TCU Horned Frogs got a much needed lift to get themselves possibly out of the bubble picture in a stunning 85-82 upset of top ranked Kansas.
With the game tied at 82 and under five seconds left in regulation time, Kansas’ Svi Mykhailiuk flew out to the far left corner to contest a TCU 3-pointer, and managed to block the shot. A clip shown on the Yahoo! Sports site showed a clear pileup in front of the TCU bench, but the foul was not whistled until after the ball sailed out of bounds. Three free throws later, De’Vonte Graham missed a three pointer at the buzzer and Kansas pretty much will have to give up their overall number 1 seed position.
Senior guard Kenrick Williams scored 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists while Richmond, Indiana product Desmond Bane chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, TCU shot 31 of 63 for 49.2 percent, but Kansas wasn’t too far off–shooting 25 of 56 from the floor (44.6 percent). Rebounding was just about even, TCU had 34 while the Jayhawks pulled down 30 boards.
Kansas held a small advantage from the free-throw line, going 22 of 27 while TCU on the other hand was 17 of 22. Frank Mason III led all scorers with 29 points, including a blistering 12 of 13 clip from the charity stripe.
Keep in mind also that Bill Self was without the services of second leading scorer Josh Jackson, who was suspended on Wednesday by the Big 12 Conference for not properly reporting a traffic citation on campus during the early part of this calendar year.
Resetting the big picture for a moment…
With Villanova winning big at the Big East Tournament in New York over home standing St. John’s, it appears that the defending champions may land the Overall Number 1 seed come Sunday. Some experts still think Kansas (who had the top RPI ranking heading into Thursday) will retain one of the four number 1 seeds, since they have eight wins against the RPI’s Top 50 wins and 16 wins in the Top 100. Away from Lawrence, they beat three top-15 teams and four top-25 teams away from home.
Above all, TCU would have to beat Iowa State on Friday to possibly become a bid thief–meaning they could take away a slot from one of the bubble teams still remaining and are eagerly awaiting their fate in 72 hours time.
For schools like Illinois State, Syracuse, Clemson, Rhode Island, and Iowa–they must be feeling a bit more worried at this time, and with good reason.
If more upsets occur, I will post them sometime later tonight.
Enjoy the rest of your day.