Kansas Defeats Texas Tech 67-63 Tuesday To Clinch 21st Big 12 Conference Championship

Lawrence – The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 67-63 Tuesday night to claim their 21st Big 12 Conference Championship, and the schools 64th conference championship all-time.

Kansas was led in scoring by Jalen Wilson with 21, and Dajuan Harris with 16. Texas Tech’s leading scorer was De’Vion Harmon with 16, and Kevin Obanor with 14.

The Jayhawks shot 36.7 percent from the field in the first half, with a cold 4-17 from beyond the 3-point stripe. Texas Tech shot 31.3 percent overall in the first half and were only 1-11 from 3-point range. The halftime score was 30-21 Kansas.

The second half had Kansas warming up to 42.3 percent on 11-26 shooting. They only connected on 1 out of 6 shots from 3-point range. Texas Tech warmed up to 51.7 percent in the second half, on 15-29 shooting. They connected on 2 out of 5 from 3-point range. The difference in the game came down to free-throw shooting, with Kansas connecting on 18 of 22 opportunities, compared to 10-14 by the Red Raiders.

Kansas will close out the 2022-2023 regular season on Saturday with a trip to Austin to face Texas. Texas will face TCU on Wednesday evening and needs a win to stay in contention with Kansas to share the Big 12 conference regular season title.

Pregame Saturday on 95.5 KNDY and Z-96.3 The Lake begins at 2:30 p.m. with tipoff from Austin, Texas to follow at 3:00 p.m.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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