Here are a half-dozen things you might be interested to know from Friday night’s semifinal games in the 2014 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament being played at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo.:
Kansas has made the semifinal round in 16 of 18 Big 12 Tournaments. They have gone on the championship game 12 times. The Jayhawks are 10-6 in semifinal games, the most semifinal wins of any Big 12 team. Kansas is 36-9 all-time in the tournament.
Friday night’s victory was Iowa State’s first against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship Tournament. The two teams have met four times in the tournament, with Kansas holding a 3-1 lead in the series.
Andrew Wiggins of Kansas scored 20 or more points for the third game in a row for the first time this season. The uber-talented freshman had 41 points last Saturday vs. West Virginia, 30 against Oklahoma State in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Tournament and 22 in a losing effort against Iowa State.
Iowa State is 8-2 this season against top-25 opponents. Both losses are against Kansas.
Baylor, the No. 7 seed in this year’s Big 12 Championship is 3-1 in the Big 12 era as a seven seed.
Baylor and Iowa State, the two teams playing for the Big 12 Tournament championship split their two regular season games. Iowa State won by 15 points in Ames, and Baylor returned the favor by 13 in Waco earlier this month. After beating Texas in the semifinals Friday night, the Bears have now won 10 of their last 11 games.