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West Virginia Comes Up Short In Big 12 Tournament Championship, Again

That “third time’s a charm” stuff is bullcrap.

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship-West Virginia vs Kansas Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

For the third consecutive year, the West Virginia Mountaineers will be making the trip back to Morgantown following the Big 12 Conference Tournament championship game without any hardware to put in the trophy case. West Virginia held a late second half lead over Kansas, but the Jayhawks went Super Saiyan and the Mountaineers just couldn’t keep up. Kansas went on to finish the game shooting 72% in the second half, leading to an 81-70 win over the Mountaineers.

72% in the second half. That number is so staggering that I cannot, in good faith, get on here and complain about the officials or try to feed into whatever the new conspiracy theory is. We may have gave the first two matchups away, but the Jayhawks took the third one.

Daxter Miles Jr. finished out a stellar Big 12 tournament performance with 25 points to lead West Virginia. Sagaba Konate finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Jevon Carter finished one assist shy of a double-double with 17 points, 9 assists. Teddy Allen added 6 points, while Logan Routt and James Bolden each had 2 points. Esa Ahmad, Lamont West and Wesley Harris all finished without a single point.

The Mountaineers will return to Morgantown tonight, where they will await their NCAA tournament fate. Brackets will be announced tomorrow evening. Most bracketologists have the Mountaineers as a solid 4-seed in their latest bracket.