Kansas rules Big 12 again

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Naadir Tharpe had 19 points to lead five Kansas players in double figures, and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks held off Oklahoma 83-75 on Monday night to wrap up a share of their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship.

Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins added 15 points each and Joel Embiid had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (22-6, 13-2), who poured off the bench at the buzzer to celebrate the latest addition to their nation-leading 57 conference titles.

It might be the only one for Wiggins and Embiid, the dynamic freshman duo projected to be NBA lottery picks if they come out this season. Wiggins has already stated his intention to do so.

Cameron Clark had 18 points and Buddy Hield 16 for the Sooners, who have lost 12 of their past 13 games against the Jayhawks, including both this season.

They had Kansas on the ropes for most of this one.

After taking the lead midway through the second half, Kansas started to put the hammer down, frustrating Oklahoma into poor outside shots and slicing through the lane for easy layups.

Tharpe made it all happen, either scoring himself or helping one of his teammates. The much-maligned point guard finished with five assists and only one turnover.

Only two schools in men's Division I basketball have won more consecutive conference titles than Kansas: UCLA captured 13 straight from 1967-79 in the Pac-8/Pac-10, and Gonzaga won 11 straight in the West Coast Conference from 2001-11.

NO. 4 SYRACUSE 57, MARYLAND 54: After letting a 12-point lead dwindle to a single point in the closing seconds, the visiting Orange (26-2, 13-2 ACC) squeezed past the Terrapins to end a two-game losing streak.

CHARGING CALL: ACC commissioner John Swofford said the controversial charge call in Saturday night's game between Syracuse and Duke was a "judgment call." Swofford wouldn't say whether official Tony Greene made the right call when he whistled Syracuse's C.J. Fair for charging with 10 seconds left, prompting Orange coach Jim Boeheim to storm the court.

NO. 20 IOWA: Coach Fran McCaffery instructed his players to shut down their Twitter accounts for the rest of the season after senior Zach McCabe exchanged barbs with detractors on the social media service.

PURDUE: Senior guard Sterling Carter will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and medial and lateral menisci in his right knee.

AP POLL: No. 19 North Carolina, No. 23 SMU and No. 25 New Mexico returned to the poll, replacing Connecticut, UCLA and Gonzaga.

Women

NO. 6 BAYLOR 96, OKLA. 89: Odyssey Sims scored 38 and Nina Davis had 28 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Bears (25-3, 15-1 Big 12) hang on after blowing most of a 32-point lead.

NO. 16 NEBRASKA 94, NO. 8 PENN ST. 74: Tear'a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 and made six of her school record-tying seven 3-pointers in the first half as the host Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3) pulled within half a game of the two-time defending Big Ten champion Lions (21-6, 12-3).

NO. 21 MICH. ST. 75, MINN. 61: Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 in the first half, including four 3-pointers, to lead the host Spartans (19-8, 11-3 Big Ten).

NO. 7 DUKE: Sophomore guard Alexis Jones tore the ACL in her left knee and will be out for the rest of the season.

AP POLL: Connecticut remained No. 1. Middle Tennessee and Iowa entered at Nos. 23 and 25. St. John's and LSU dropped out.

Kansas rules Big 12 again 02/24/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:09am]

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