Fans poured into the streets, rejoiced in dorms, bars and living rooms, and at one point became so raucous that riot police were briefly called in as the city held all-night parties to celebrate the Cardinals’ first NCAA title in a generation.
Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, and Ohio State escaped Dayton — a place of heartaches — as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament’s wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Sunday.
Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor can now turn their attention to again winning the biggest prize.
Zahna Medley scored 18 points and TCU upset No. 23 Iowa State 61-58 on Saturday.
Will Clyburn and Chris Babb each scored 17 points and Iowa State trounced Texas Tech 86-66 for its third straight win.
The Big 12′s attention is on Kansas State’s national championship dreams, yet there’s plenty left to be decided in the conference over the final weeks.
TCU coach Gary Patterson was planning to use backup quarterback Trevone Boykin as a tailback when the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs play Iowa State.
The Red Raiders have lost back-to-back games to the Cyclones the past two years, and last season’s anemic one-touchdown performance at home is still fresh in their minds.
TCU opens its 2012 season at home Sept. 8 against Grambling State, a week before the Horned Frogs make their Big 12 debut at Kansas.
Texas A&M, the Big 12′s second-worst offensive team, scored just three points in the opening 8½ minutes of the second half on their way to a 69-46 loss.
There is still a championship-like finale coming this Saturday when third-ranked Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) and 13th-ranked Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2) play their annual Bedlam game.
With three weeks left in the Big 12′s first round-robin schedule, the league’s automatic BCS berth could come down to one game.
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