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Big 12 Tournament journal: Kansas State to be without Dean Wade in tournament

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Oklahoma State guard Thomas Dziagwa (4) guards TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) near the perimeter during the first half of their Big 12 Conference Tournament game on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. [Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal]
Oklahoma State guard Thomas Dziagwa (4) guards TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) near the perimeter during the first half of their Big 12 Conference Tournament game on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. [Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State forward Dean Wade will likely miss the Big 12 Tournament because of a foot injury.

The All-Big 12 first-team selection hopes to be ready for next week’s NCAA Tournament, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber told reporters after practice Wednesday.

Wade is averaging 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

No. 1 seed Kansas State will play No. 8 TCU at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

“We’re going to prepare for them like we prepare for any team,” TCU point guard Alex Robinson said. “Whether Dean Wade plays or not, we still need to prepare for Kansas State. They beat us twice so we need to come out and play hard.”

McNeace to be limited in postseason

Jamuni McNeace limped off the Sprint Center floor and into OU’s locker room midway through the second half Wednesday night. The Sooner center was favoring the same right ankle he sprained in late November.

The injury has hampered McNeace for much of the last three months

"I'll be disappointed for him when it all ends that he hasn't been able to have that senior year he was prepped to do," coach Lon Kruger said after OU's practice Tuesday.

McNeace was flashing signs of an elite rim protector when the season began. He averaged 27 minutes in Oklahoma's first seven games with 3.5 blocks per game in the four games prior to his injury.

But since Nov. 27 he's missed four games while playing more than 20 minutes just once. He’s averaged 0.5 blocks per game.

"In November he was getting really good," Kruger said. "We're talking about him impacting the league in a big way. He just hasn't been able to do that because of the injury. He's trying to get out there but he just hasn't been able to get much production."

Kruger confirmed Tuesday that McNeace will continue to play this postseason, but only sparingly. But that was before McNeace re-aggravated his ankle against West Virginia.

"I'm disappointed that it happened, but you can't really control when you get injured," McNeace said Tuesday. "I'll cheer for my team right now and do what I can."

McNeace said he'll try to get healthy after the season and prepare for the possibility to play overseas.

Dziagwa passes Page for single-season OSU 3-pointers

With three 3-pointers in Wednesday’s 73-70 loss to TCU, Thomas Dziagwa passed Keiton Page for the third-most 3-pointers in a season in Oklahoma State history.

Page was in the building as the Cowboys’ director of player development as Dziagwa reached 104 3-pointers on the year, one ahead of Page and behind only Brooks Thompson’s 110 and Randy Rutherford’s 146 in program history.

Dziagwa, though, wasn’t in the mood to celebrate the accomplishment after a defeat that ended OSU’s season.

“I’d give up all those 3s if it meant we kept on playing,” he said.

Quotable:

TCU coach Jamie Dixon on whether Wednesday’s victory puts the Horned Frogs in the NCAA Tournament:

“Twenty wins in the Big 12, toughest conference in the country, and we played a tough nonconference, so I would think so.”

Nathan Ruiz and Joe Mussatto, Staff writers

Nathan Ruiz

A native of Reno, Nevada, Nathan Ruiz joined The Oklahoman in 2018 as an Oklahoma State beat writer. A former intern with The Oklahoman, Ruiz graduated from Oklahoma State in May of 2017 and also had internships with the Reno Gazette-Journal,... Read more ›

Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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