KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Marcus and Markieff Morris personally outscored Colorado 17-4 during one stretch of the first half, pulling No. 2 Kansas out of a deep early deficit and leading the second-ranked Jayhawks past Colorado 90-83 Friday night in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.
Marcus, the younger of the Philadelphia twins by 7 minutes,
totaled 20 points and 13 rebounds while Markieff had 20 points and
eight boards for the top-seeded Jayhawks (31-2), who sent the
Buffaloes off to the Pac-10 by beating them for the 45th time in 46
Colorado (21-13) is switching conferences next season but
appears to have a good chance at an NCAA tournament bid, which
would be its first postseason appearance since 2005.
Alec Burks had 23 points for Colorado, giving him 76 in three
tournament games as the Buffs reached the semifinals for the first
time in the event's 15-year history.
Tyrel Reed had 15 points for Kansas, including two big
3-pointers that helped blunt Colorado's comeback.