KANSAS CITY — Baylor freshman forward Jeremy Sochan showed his support Thursday night for Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
He wore a t-shirt during warm-ups before the Baylor-Oklahoma game that read “I Stand with Ukraine” in the country’s yellow and blue flag colors. He also wore yellow and blue basketball shoes and dyed his hair blue. The writing on his shoes said “No war”.
Sochan grew up in England and has played for the Polish national teams in recent years.
“No matter what result we just had, I think it’s obvious that something is going on in this world that isn’t the best thing,” Sochan said after Baylor’s 72-67 loss. against Oklahoma. “I think we are all connected in one way or another, and what is happening is not normal. So I try to show some awareness, that’s the only thing I can do. I will try to do my thing, my best to help.
Sooners makes the case for the NCAA Tournament
Oklahoma coach Porter Moser thinks the seventh-seeded Sooners strengthened their case for an NCAA Tournament bid with the win over the Bears.
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After their fourth straight win, the Sooners are now 18-14 for the season.
“Our first and foremost thought is that we came here to win,” Moser said. “I know our case for our team. We are in the toughest conference in the country. We have the toughest program in the country. Our ratings, our everything is elitist.
Weber on the minds of Big 12 coaches
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was on the minds of Big 12 coaches after resigning Thursday after a 10-year run at the helm of the Wildcats.
Weber went 184-147 as coach of Kansas State, making the Elite Eight in 2018. But Kansas State finished 9-20 last season and 14-17 this season, including a 73- 67 against ninth-seeded West Virginia in Wednesday night’s Big 12. opening of the tournament.
“I think Coach Weber is a Hall of Famer,” Texas coach Chris Beard said. “The game is better because coach Weber was part of it. I think he will coach again. I hope he coaches again.
Longhorns Disgruntled Beard
Beard wasn’t happy his fourth-seeded Longhorns blew an 18-point halftime lead to drop a 65-60 decision against No. 5 TCU in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals .
The Horned Frogs controlled the game in the final minutes with key shots.
“I thought a team today hated losing more,” Beard said. “Our guys are trying to win the game, they don’t really understand how you get there. We just have to face the reality that we just have to learn how to win when it comes time to win.