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At the start of last week, Iowa State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm described his team as being in "a tailspin."
Now the Cyclones are Big 12 tournament champions.
Iowa State handled No. 18 Kansas 78-66 Saturday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for its fifth Big 12 tourney title and fourth in the last six years. The Cyclones get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, though both teams were locks for at-large selections anyway.
No. 5-seed Iowa State (23-11) won three games in three days against No. 4-seed Baylor, No. 1-seed Kansas State and No. 3-seed Kansas (25-9) after ending the regular season with five losses in its last six games. It's the lowest seed to ever win the Big 12 tournament.
Lindell Wigginton had 17 points and six rebounds and Michael Jacobson scored 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting for the Cyclones. Marial Shayok added 13 points, Tyrese Haliburton 11.
Shayok was named MVP of the tournament. Wigginton and Jacobson joined him on the all-tournament team.
The Cyclones ended the the first half on an 11-1 run to take a 32-22 lead, then started the second half with a 9-2 surge to go up 17.
After Kansas got within 52-42, Haliburton nailed a 3-pointer and Wigginton converted a three-point play following a Quentin Grimes layup to keep Iowa State in control.
KU fought back again, cutting the lead to 60-51 before Nick Weiler-Babb answered with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer.
The Jayhawks had one final push, making it 70-61 and 72-63 in the final minutes, but Dedric Lawson was assessed a technical foul and ISU put the game away.
ISU shot 56.5 percent in the second half, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Kansas made only 3 of its 18 3-point attempts in the game.
The NCAA tournament selection show is at 5 p.m. Sunday (CBS).