In the last 25 years, no team has lost in its conference tournament quarterfinal and gone on to win the national championship.
Kansas has a chance to buck that trend after losing to TCU on Thursday afternoon 85-82. It’s the first time the Jayhawks have been knocked out before the Big 12 tournament semifinals since 2009. Kansas was without star freshman Josh Jackson, but the Horned Frogs played a magnificent 40 minutes — five TCU players reached double figures, and they made 49 percent of their shots on the day.
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Give the Jayhawks credit – they battled back from 11 down at one point in the second half. Naismith candidate Frank Mason scored 29 points and played all 40 minutes – he fought to the bitter end. But at the end of the day, the Horned Frogs were just too much.
SURVIVE & ADVANCE!— TCU Basketball (@TCUBasketball) March 9, 2017
Desmond Bane's free throws lift TCU to an 85-82 upset victory over No. 1/1 Kansas!#GoFrogs #Big12MBB pic.twitter.com/n3wtJBGNle
With one possession to go and the score tied, Alex Robinson drove and found Desmond Bane on a nifty dish in the corner. Bane rose up for a 3 – and was fouled by Svi Mykhailiuk.
Bane calmly hit all three free-throws, and Devonte’ Graham’s last-second 3 clanked off the rim for Kansas.
It was a historic game all around:
When you beat the AP No. 1 team for the first time in program history: pic.twitter.com/o5OhxeV2XN— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 9, 2017
TCU had been struggling mightily going into the conference tournament – the Frogs were losers of seven games in a row before topping Oklahoma on Wednesday. On the flip side, Kansas was riding an 11-game winning streak heading into today.
TCU had lost 22 straight against ranked teams. Their last win over a ranked opponent? Kansas.— Matt Jennings (@MattAJennings) March 9, 2017
The last few days of championship week were relatively tame. It looks like TCU is out to change that narrative.