It was bound to happen! Someone was going to get upset at the Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament in Kansas City. It's just that no one really expected it to happen on Wednesday.
Boosted by 16-2 run TCU was able to build a 35-27 halftime advantage, and then were able to fend off a furious rally by Kansas State and advance to Friday's quarterfinals. Chris Washburn and Kyan Anderson scored 16 points each and Trey Zeigler added another 15 to give the Horned Frogs their second win over Kansas State this year.
The win may have been just what the Frogs needed to earn a berth into the post season NIT tournament, while the loss was a crushing death blow to the postseason hopes for the Wildcats who saw their season come to a screeching halt with back-to-back losses.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Thomas Gipson's 16, but a 38-32 second half advantage wasn't quite enough to get the job done. A zero point night for Marcus Foster aided Kansas State's demise. The sophomore guard was 0-5 from the floor and committed three turnovers.
Up next for TCU is the Kansas Jayhawks.