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Villanova defeats Kansas, 63-59

  • 8:30 p.m., Nov. 29, 2013
  • Nassau, Bahamas,

FINAL: Villanova 63, Kansas 59

By Matt Tait:

After Frank Mason had just given the Kansas University basketball team its first lead of the second half on a spinning layup and free throw following a foul with 34 seconds to play, Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds to play to put the Wildcats up for good and Villanova held on for a 63-59 victory.

Arcidiacono, who had not made a shot all night and had just five three-pointers on the season, drilled the three from the wing and Mason followed on the other end with a miss of his own with just over three seconds to play to seal the Jayhawks' fate.

KU fell to 5-1 on the season and will now play UTEP in the Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Mason led the Jayhawks with 12 points. Perry Ellis (11), Andrew Wiggins (10) and Joel Embiid (10) all joined him in reaching double figures.

For the longest time early, it looked like the game's final seconds would not matter.

After opening the game with an 11-2 lead and holding Villanova without a field goal for nearly seven minutes, KU's big men got into foul trouble and the Jayhawks got sloppy on the offensive end.

In fact, Villanova, which outplayed and out-hustled KU throughout the final 10 minutes of the first half, flipped the script and held KU without a field goal for the final seven minutes of the first half.

Early in the second half, KU trailed by as many as 10 (36-26) but stormed back and cut it to two points. Villanova quickly responded to the run and even went up by as many as a dozen before the wild sprint to the finish.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Villanova got out of its early funk and ripped off a 26-8 run during 12 key minutes of the first half that helped build a 29-22 halftime lead. For Kansas, Joel Embiid unleashed a mini-spurt late in the second half where he scored an and-one, went back to the free throw line on the next possession and then found Perry Ellis out of the post for a driving lay in that cut Villanova's lead to 57-53 and forced Nova to call a timeout with just under five minutes to play. Unfortunately for Kansas, Embiid fouled out less than a minute later.

• Offensive highlight: Seconds after KU fell behind by 10 points for the second time in the second half, Naadir Tharpe attacked the heart of the Villanova defense and threw up an easy lob to Joel Embiid who threw it down with one hand and a little authority to pull the Jayhawks within eight at 50-42 with just over 10 minutes to play.

• Defensive highlight: It's not the kind of play that will wind up on a poster or even on SportsCenter, but Frank Mason's quick knock-away following a Villanova timeout gave the Jayhawks possession down four with just under five minutes to play and kept the momentum with the Jayhawks. KU got nothing out of the extra possession, but it kept the pressure on Villanova and helped keep the pro-KU crowd into the game.

• Key stat: Three-point shooting. Villanova finished the game 9-of-25 from behind the arc (including the game winner) and the Jayhawks shot just 2-of-11. Worse than the huge point differential that Nova's better three-point shooting brought was the fact that many of the Wildcats' looks from downtown were wide-open, uncontested shots.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will play in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday against UTEP, which fell to Iowa in the other semifinal on Friday.

Box score


Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago

That was the worst effort the team has put forth since last year's debacle at TCU. I'm shocked we lost by only four. Plenty of blame to go around for this one, and it starts with Bill Self not having the team ready to go. But as usual, he'll blame everyone except himself, just like Charlie Weis. I can't wait to hear him fire off some lame-ass YMCA crack about his team.

Kye Clark 7 years, 4 months ago

Right. Because I'm sure he had the team swimming with the dolphins and enjoying the luxuries of the resort rather than preparing for the game. Get real. "Not having the team ready to go." Um, you do know we came out of the gates and had an 11-2 lead, right? Seems like they were ready to go to me.

BTW, when you compare Bill Self to Charlie Weis, your post loses ALL credibility.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago

They might not have the same level of success at their respective sports, but they both have the same character flaw - unwillingness to admit it when they aren't doing their job right.

Jack Jones 7 years, 4 months ago

"Character flaw" ~ your psych credentials???

Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago

Oh, and even when KU had the lead early on they were still playing poorly.

Jack Jones 7 years, 4 months ago

Bryce ~ Classic case of "sports fan over reaction" to a disappointing loss. Hysteria trumping objective analysis. We've all been guilty of it. Bill Self didn't lose this game. Our talented, but totally inexperienced players/team couldn't handle the pressure that a very good, experienced team, with no height and great outside shooting put on them. Get used to this scenario ~ we will be a very good team ~ just later on.

Alex Berger 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm going to assume you are being a troll because your post is asinine.

Villanova was playing glue stick defense, our bigs were getting fouls anytime the ball went down low, and our shots weren't falling. It wasn't Self's scheme that was failing, it was just the player's performance. Plus, it's basketball. You win some, you lose some. Good teaching moment for Self and good game experience for the frosh.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago

No, I'm being legit, not trolling. Now that the LJW displays our names, who could troll?

Seriously, when have we ever known Self to accept blame whenever his team craps its pants?

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 4 months ago

Sorry Bryce, no way I buy what you're saying. Look at you...just look at your posts, full of piss & spit & vinegar, all because the jayhawks got shot down. DUDE, did you see our horrible FT%????? Ha, now you just got your FIRST clue about why we lost. Blaming Self for this loss is clueless. Please improve your analytical skills. If you cannot analyze correctly why we lost this particular game, you will drive yourself (& us) crazy by March. And wouldn't a classy royalty KU fan applaud Jay Wright's game plan? Against Wake, Self benched the 5 starters Roy-style, and now the team gets a L. Maybe the kids will learn to play 35 sec of D instead of 31sec.

Nobody's saying Self is perfect, so what the hell was the point of YOUR posts, mister Bryce? Are you 17 or 21 & just learning this game. I'm assuming, based on your child-like overreaction to your team losing! Get over it...

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 4 months ago

Self blames himself all the time so I don't know where you get that. We are a young team and I expected up to 3 non conference losses because of growing pains. It's about learning from the loss and this young team getting better.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 4 months ago

The freshmen looked like freshmen tonight period.

As for that last possession, Mason should've called a timeout as soon as the ball crossed mid court. That was a freshman mistake and something that he'll learn with experience instead of taking a rushed desperation shot. This will not be only time this season KU plays like this because inexperienced teams will get rattled on occasion. Always sucks to lose, but Self will use tonight as a teaching moment and the players will get better because of it.

Kevin Huffman 7 years, 4 months ago

I HAD to post. Mason about the ONLY ONE to step forward & take charge! ,But it wasn't just Selden & Wiggins disappointing....Ellis & Tharpe sure didn't look good either.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 4 months ago

Credit Jay Wright's game plan. It worked. But it wouldn't have worked if we hit our FTs.

We lost a Natl Championship on the FT line in '03, then watched Memphis give a Championship to us in '08. So this game in NOVEMBER means nothing, other than an attention-getting chance for Self to hammer his msg. I guarantee 2 cans of Oklahoma whup-azz are being poured on the team rt about it should be. Learn & grow.

NEXT game please...

Jack Jones 7 years, 4 months ago

Talent doesn't overcome inexperience. These past two games have given a preview of the first half of the season, when teams with experienced players will put as much pressure on us as they are capable of. Villanova , with their complete lack of height, should not have had a chance against the Jayhawks, Two glaring weaknesses ~ total lack of any outside shooters (9 threes to 2), and our big inside players have a difficult time guarding smaller, quicker inside players without getting into foul trouble. We will be a very good team ~ just later rather than sooner.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 4 months ago

This showed us that Joel needs to start and our point guards don't distribute enough. Connor and Greene aren't stepping up when they're in, but I liked what I saw when Lucas came in.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 4 months ago

Simple Bill Self lessons to learn: FT%, rbds (vs a smaller team). Nice eye opener for our newbies, courtesy Jay Wright.

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