Big 12 Championship Day 1 recap: Oklahoma State, Kansas State prevail

The Big 12 Championship tournament opened up with just two games on Wednesday night but an almost neverending amount of drama thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday was the only day of this year’s tournament that allowed fans from the public to watch in person. Starting Thursday the only fans will be recipients of a small number of tickets allocated to each remaining team.

On a bizarre and powerful day across sports a pair of games between the lowest seeds in the Big 12 provided a respite with a couple phenomenal finishes and exciting basketball.

Oklahoma State def. Iowa State 72-71

The Cowboys and Cyclones had 18 lead changes in Game 1 of the Big 12 Championship, including a pair of them in the waning moments of the game. Iowa State’s Terrence Lewis crossed over Oklahoma State’s Yor Anei and finished with a layup to put the Cyclones ahead 71-70 with just eight seconds to play. OSU responded immediately, though, with Isaac Likekele scoring a layup of his own to take the lead back for the Cowboys. Iowa State wasn’t able to get a clean shot off as time expired. Likekele led Oklahoma State in scoring with 21 points while Prentiss Nixon had a game-high 25 points in the losing effort for Iowa State.

K-State def. TCU 53-49

Check out the full recap here.

Kansas State started off well on Wednesday, leading by as many as 17 in the first half and going to the break up by 10, but then a familiar trend set in. K-State’s play deteriorated in the second half and TCU fought back to take the lead with 4:47 to go, extending it to as many as four points. From then on the Wildcats finished the game on an 8-0 run while the Horned Frogs didn’t score in the final 3:36. Cartier Diarra was K-State’s leading scorer with 13 points. TCU was led by 19 points from R.J. Nembhard

Thursday’s games

Here are the matchups for the second day of the Big 12 Championship:

(5) Texas Tech vs. (4) Texas – 11:30 a.m., ESPN/ESPN2

(8) Oklahoma State vs. (1) Kansas, 1:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

(10) Kansas State vs. (2) Baylor, 6:00 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

(6) West Virginia vs. (3) Oklahoma, 8:00 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2