Kansas City, Mo. The Big 12 postseason championship will come down to the top two teams from the regular season.
KU (29-4) at 5 p.m. Saturday will meet (26-7) West Virginia in the conference’s tournament title game.
During the regular season, KU fell to the Mountaineers, 74-63, on Jan. 12 in Morgantown, then won, 75-65, on Feb. 9, in Allen Fieldhouse.
“West Virginia has good guards. They have a very good team overall,” said KU guard Devonté Graham, whose free throw with 5.4 seconds left upped a three-point lead to two possessions vs. Baylor.
View a gallery of images from the Jayhawks' semifinal game against Baylor on Friday at Sprint Center.
“You have to deal with the press and full-court man-to-man the whole 40 minutes," Graham said. "We’re excited about playing for a championship. That’s what it is, a championship game.”
Of possibly winning the tournament, Perry Ellis, who had 20 points vs. Baylor, said: “I think it is real important just from a team standpoint, getting a lot of momentum going forward. All our guys are trying to win this. We’re trying to get through it.”
Self said: “It (preparation) will be difficult, but everybody in the tournament knows the other team because we’ve all played each other twice. I don’t think it’s overload tonight or tomorrow to get them ready. You just go out and try to have fun and play and be aggressive and see what happens. It will be a fun game for us. That’s how I’m looking at it and what I’m going to tell my guys.”
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