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Why KU’s Ochai Agbaji will be worth watching in the Big 12 championship game

Ochai Agbaji’s eighth backpedal took him across midcourt, and Bill Self was ready for him.

“Come on, Och!” the Kansas coach screamed a few feet away. “That’s terrible!”

Out of a media timeout, KU tried to surprise West Virginia with a full-court press, and the strategy worked for a couple seconds.

It wasn’t successful, though, because West Virginia’s Lamont West was physical with Agbaji, easily freeing himself to sprint forward to receive the inbounds pass.

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This first-half sequence ended up as a minor footnote in KU’s 88-74 victory over West Virginia in Friday’s semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament.