KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas Jayhawks advanced past Iowa State Friday evening, defeating the Cyclones 71-56 to advance to the Big 12 Conference Championship for the 16th time in Big 12 history, and the 24th all time conference championship game for Kansas.
Redshirt junior Jalen Wilson led the Jayhawks in scoring with 25, marking his 71st career game with more than 10 points. Kansas as a team shot 52.3% from the field on 23 of 44 shooting, while Iowa State shot 40% on 22 of 55 shooting. It is the 25th time this season that the Jayhawks have outshot their opponents.
Guard Grady Dick had 15 points on the day, while Dajuan Haris had 11. For Iowa State, Jaren Holmes led all scorers with 16, with Robert Jones had 11.
The biggest lead in the game for Iowa State came early in the 2nd half with 1 point, while the Jayhawks led by 15 points with 30 seconds remaining. Kansas committed 25 turnovers in the game, compared to 6 by Iowa State. The Cyclones also outscored Kansas in the paint, 30-26.
Kansas will face the Texas Longhorns for the Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the T-Mobile Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Pregame on Z-96.3 The Lake will begin at 4:30 p.m.