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Kansas advances to Big 12 Tournament title game, downs West Virginia 88-74

The same Kansas men’s basketball team that failed to win the Big 12 Conference regular-season title for the first time in 15 seasons will be playing for the league tournament championship trophy on Saturday.

The No. 17-ranked, No. 3 seed Jayhawks (25-8) positioned themselves for possible net-cutting and ring-fitting ceremonies by downing No. 10 seed West Virginia 88-74 in Friday night’s Big 12 tournament semifinals at the Sprint Center.

Freshman guard Quentin Grimes scored 16 points the first half off 5-of-5 three-point shooting and finished with 18 points and a career-high eight rebounds for the Jayhawks, who will take on Iowa State in Saturday’s 5 p.