Jamar Samuels scored 21 of his career-high 27 points in the first half, helping No. 9 Kansas State turn a rematch into a rout with an 83-64 win over Oklahoma State Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Blake Griffin might be gone, but plenty of star power returns in the loaded Big 12, which can flex its muscles with the preseason No. 1 (KU), a legit Final Four contender (Texas) and a host of others lurking just behind.
Defending a national championship is hard enough, but try doing it without a single returning starter and with seven newcomers. That's Bill Self's problem this season, and improving Oklahoma and Texas teams look ready to knock off the Jayhawks.