KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Say this for the Kansas State Wildcats: They have brought out the best in the Kansas Jayhawks.
But no matter what the Wildcats bring, No. 1 Kansas has been better. Three times.
Kansas took the latest showdown 72-64 on Saturday, winning the Big 12 tournament for the fourth time in five seasons.
The Jayhawks beat their state rival for the third time this season and are not only a sure No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament, they're likely to be No. 1 overall.
"There's a lot of things you can expect just on paper," KU center Cole Aldrich said, "but going out and actually doing it is a lot tougher."
Marcus Morris had 18 points and Tyrel Reed added 15 for top seed Kansas. No. 9 Kansas State (26-7), the second seed, missed its first 12 attempts.
Pac 10: Huskies win
LOS ANGELES — Quincy Pondexter scored 18 and Isaiah Thomas added 16 as Washington, the third seed, rallied from a late deficit to beat top seed California 79-75 in the final.
Venoy Overton hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left for the Huskies (24-9), who salvaged their up-and-down season with seven straight wins.
The Golden Bears (23-10) also are almost certainly headed to the NCAA Tournament after earning their first regular-season league title in half a century.
MOUNTAIN WEST: Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and a career-best 21 rebounds and hit all eight of his free throws in the final two minutes as fourth seed San Diego State (25-8) fended off third seed UNLV 55-45 in Las Vegas.
CONFERENCE USA: Kelvin Lewis scored 28 and made six 3-pointers, a league title game record, as No. 7 seed Houston beat No. 25 UTEP 81-73 in Tulsa, Okla., for its first NCAA bid in 18 years. Tom Penders, 64, becomes the eighth coach to take four schools to the tournament. The Cougars (19-15) ended a 16-game winning streak for the top seed Miners (26-6).
BIG WEST: Orlando Johnson had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead top seed UC Santa Barbara (20-9) past Long Beach State 69-64 in Anaheim, Calif., for its first NCAA berth since 2002.
SOUTHWESTERN: Tavaris Washington led with 14 points as No. 2 seed Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-15) earned its first NCAA berth by beating Texas Southern 50-38 in Bossier City, La.
MID-AMERICAN: Freshman D.J. Cooper scored 23 as No. 9 seed Ohio capped a stunning run, beating defending champion Akron 81-75 in overtime. The Bobcats (21-14) are the lowest seed to win the MAC title.
AMERICA EAST: Four days after Evan Fjeld's mother died of cancer, the forward scored nine for host and second seed Vermont (25-9), which defeated Boston University 83-70 for its first NCAA bid since 2005.
MID-EASTERN: Top seed Morgan State (27-9) won its second straight league title, beating South Carolina State 68-61 in Winston-Salem, N.C., behind 18 points and 10 rebounds by tournament MVP Kevin Thompson.
SOUTHLAND: Top seed Sam Houston State (25-7) earned its second NCAA Tournament berth and first since 2003, never trailing in defeating Stephen F. Austin 64-48 in Katy, Texas.
ATLANTIC 10: Top seed Temple held Rhode Island to its lowest output in five years, winning 57-44 in Atlantic City, N.J. The No. 17 Owls (28-5) face third seed Richmond (26-7) in today's final. Kevin Anderson scored 27 including a tying layup with 3.1 seconds left in regulation as the Spiders defeated No. 24 Xavier (24-7), the second seed, 89-85 in overtime.
Schools that have clinched automatic berths in the NCAA Tournament:
Ark.-Pine Bluff SWAC
Cal-Santa Barbara Big West
East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun
Houston Conference USA
Kansas Big 12
Montana Big Sky
Morgan St. Mid-Eastern
Murray St. Ohio Valley
N. IowaMissouri Valley
North Texas Sun Belt
Oakland (Mich.) Summit
Old Dominion Colonial
Ohio Mid American
Robert Morris Northeast
Saint Mary's West Coast
Sam Houston St. Southland
San Diego St. Mtn. West
Siena Metro Atlantic
Vermont America East
Washington Pac 10
West Virginia Big East
Winthrop Big South