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Cade Cunningham brilliant in Oklahoma State’s upset of No. 2 Baylor in Big 12 semifinals

Oklahoma State knocks off the top seed in the Big 12, and no one is playing better basketball than the Cowboys right now.

Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham shoots over Baylor Bears guard Mark Vital during the second half at T-Mobile Center.  Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

In a spectacular performance, the Big 12 Tournament No. 5 seed Oklahoma State upset the No. 1 seed and AP No. 2 Baylor Bears 83-74 to advance to the conference championship game against Texas tomorrow night.

Cade Cunningham was brilliant for the Pokes (20-7, 11-7 Big 12), leading all scorers with 25 points on 7-16 from the floor, and 4-10 from three-point range. He added eight rebounds and five assists, with 20 of those points in the second half. OSU finished the game on a 13-2 run to ice it away, and shot 20-24 from the free throw line in the second half.

Baylor (22-2, 13-2 Big 12) was held to 29-75 from the field, and just 6-28 from three-point range despite the triumvirate of guards in Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, and MaCio Teague.

The Kansas Jayhawks were forced to leave the tournament due to COVID-19 testing, therefore no second semifinal will take place. The Texas Longhorns will face Oklahoma State tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.