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Jayhawks Maul Mountaineers

Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

After a rough performance for much of Thursday night's win over Texas, the Jayhawks cruised over upstart 10 seed West Virginia Friday to earn a spot in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game with an 88-74 win that could only be described as either a mauling or dismantling.

Unlike last night's gritty performance, the Kansas defense actually struggled quite a bit early against West Virginia, though part of that was simply the Mountaineers hitting shots. Despite maintaining a turnover advantage, KU found themselves down for much of the first half. Fortunately the Jayhawks closed the half on a 17-4 run, including a Quentin Grimes three with just two seconds remaining, giving them a 48-40 lead.

Kansas never looked back after that. Grimes had the type of performance that KU fans were hoping to see much more of as a McDonald's All-American with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, hitting 5 of 8 from deep in possibly his best game this year. Dedric Lawson was his usual self with 24 and 8, and Devon Dotson provided more of what we've come to expect with 13 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

The Jayhawks now face noted conference tournament enthusiasts Iowa State tomorrow as they play for the Big 12's cherished automatic bid into the Big Dance.