Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sprained MCL sidelines Kansas' Udoka Azubuike

Sprained MCL sidelines Kansas' Udoka Azubuike

Heading into the Big 12 Tournament, nine of the league's 10 teams are jockeying for an NCAA Tournament spot. The top-seeded Bearcats open in Friday's quarterfinals against the SMU-Connecticut victor, while the second-seeded Shockers face the Tulane-Temple victor.

Kansas will be without big man Udoka Azubuike during the Big 12 Tournament this week after he sprained his left knee in practice on Tuesday, the school announced. At times they looked like one of the nation's best teams.

For the uninitiated, that translates to Bedlam III in the 2018 season series between No. 9 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the No. 8 seed. The Cowboys have swept the Jayhawks twice this season - the first to do so in the Bill Self era - while Oklahoma brings freshman star Trae Young as the Sooners try and get a bid into the Big Dance. It's only the third time since realignment that fewer than 10 games has separated the 1 and 9 seeds. The Jayhawks face the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State victor in Thursday's quarterfinals. Winning the Big 12 Tournament is a nice goal.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest bracketology has eight teams from the Big 12 making into the tournament with Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Texas, Baylor, Kansas State and TCU.

Here's a look at the opening Big 12 tournament championship odds courtesy of OddsShark. We know Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte Graham will be ready.

Thursday, March 8 No. 4 Kansas State vs. The Cowboys are coming off an upset win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Kansas City has hosted the tournament every year since 2010. The Sooners got out to a quick start to the year, sitting at 10-1 with wins over Oregon, USC, Wichita State and Northwestern as the Sooner scored no less than 82 points in each of those games, followed by wins in 3 of their first 4 conference games to start the year. State/Oklahoma 2:30 p.m. Eastern ESPN2 No. 2 Texas Tech vs. Texas/Iowa State 7 p.m. That means the conference tournament, which starts Wednesday in Kansas City, promises to be one of the most competitive ever.

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