The Big 12 championship game between the Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia Mountaineers was full of fittingly big moments, but none were more spectacular than Deonte Burton's absolute pulverization of a defender with a vicious alley-oop finish. Burton leads in rebounds with 6.2 while Morris tops in assists with 6.2 per game. Morris was tied up near midcourt and several players got into a shoving match, and the Cowboys' Brandon Averette and the Cyclones' Donovan Jackson were hit with technical fouls.
The Cyclones improved to 4-0 in Big 12 Championship title games, winning its third title in four years.
The current players still remember the bad old times because they were pretty darn recent, like a winless Big 12 season in 2013-14 and a 2-16 record last season under Trent Johnson, who was sacked late in the season.
To be sure, this third meeting between second-seeded West Virginia and No. 4 seed Iowa State involves much more than Carter and Morris.
One day removed from a stunning 85-82 upset-victory over the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, TCU run in the Big 12 Tournament came to a crashing end with an 84-63 loss to No. 23 Iowa State Friday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 71.9 points against the opposing teams.
A fourth Iowa State player, Matt Thomas, is also from Wisconsin.
"We've got to go out and play Cyclone basketball for 40 minutes and let the chips fall where they may", Morris said.
"We go by the code if you want to be legendary, you've got to work", Morris said. Morris, an All-American who came within an assist of a triple-double in Iowa State's 92-83 quarterfinal win over Oklahoma State as he finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, came back to score 15 and dish out three assists in the semifinals.
"I was trying to get to know him, too, and develop a relationship with him", Prohm said. Texas Tech's Kasib Powell had the only one in Big 12 Tournament play against Texas in 2003.
Semi Ojeleye added 17 points, and Shake Milton had 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the Mustangs (29-4). "Later on, we started playing individually".
Fellow seniors Deonte Burton and Matt Thomas chipped in 16 and 12 points, respectively, and West Virginia never got closer than five points in the second half. The Big Dance is odd, but ISU might be a popular Final Four pick with the way they are playing.
Iowa State shot 53.6 percent from the field in taking a 35-29 lead in the first half. Duke won its first ACC Tournament championship since 2011 and its 20th overall, most in league history. All eight of those points were scored by Bowie. We've just got to keep everyone together.