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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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Tom Keegan: Epic Big 12 showdown one for the ages

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) salutes the fans as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks’ 109-106 triple overtime win over the Sooners.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas (33) salutes the fans as he leaves the court following the Jayhawks’ 109-106 triple overtime win over the Sooners.

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Two college basketball heavyweights standing toe-to-toe for 55 minutes, trading shots that would floor lesser opponents, never falling, always ready with the counter-punch.

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Three overtimes. As loud a crowd as Dick Vitale ever has heard. No. 1 Kansas won the game, 109-106. Oklahoma was the opponent. There was no loser, least of all those lucky enough to witness it, lending rock-concert volume to the instant classic.

Allen Fieldhouse was the center of the sports universe Monday night and 16,300 hoarse voices will be telling the truth when they say they witnessed it live, hung on every shot, every whistle, every lead change. Another 50,000 will lie and say they were there. Eventually, they’ll believe their own lies and nobody will call them on it.

I was there and I still have the goosebumps to prove it. And yes, I’m bragging about being there. Who wouldn’t?

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, the quick-afoot, quick-trigger guard from the Bahamas, was there. He has a share of an Allen Fieldhouse record to prove it, matching the mark for most points (46) by a KU opponent.

Frank Mason was there. He spent two minutes on the bench, 53 in the game. Most of that time was spent chasing Hield all over the floor. The last 15 minutes and 19 seconds of that exhausting pursuit came with Mason carrying the burden of four fouls, one whistle from disqualification.

“I was trying to get him his fifth foul so he could stop guarding me so tight,” Hield said afterward.

Mason defended in a way that made it look as if he did not have avoiding a fifth foul on his mind.

“It was a little, but I can’t let that be on my mind a lot,” Mason said. “Once I do that the tendency is to give up easy baskets and that wasn’t the time to do that.”

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Bill Self on KU's 'incredible' 3OT win over OU

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self marvels at the display put on by the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks and No. 2 Oklahoma after KU's 109-106, triple-overtime victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Easy baskets were in short supply all night. Tough, clutch, hotly contested shots ruled the night. Hield and Jordan Woodard combined for 73 points and 14 three-pointers and didn't play for the winning team. When does that ever happen?

Mason had a rough shooting night, exhausted by chasing Hield, but had enough left in his tank to make the play of the game on a night packed with so many great ones.

Oklahoma, down one with 12 seconds left, had Hield inbounding the ball. Mason deflected his pass, ran down the ball, used his deft ball-handling to break free and was fouled on his way to the hoop. He made both free throws with nine seconds left and Kansas played terrific defense at the other end to win it.

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Mason, Graham and Ellis on KU's 3OT thriller

Kansas players Perry Ellis, Devonté Graham and Frank Mason III react to the Jayhawks' crazy, triple-overtime victory over Oklahoma.

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Mutual respect shown immediately after the game was easy to spot as sweaty bodies embraced. Kansas coach Bill Self, so awed by Hield’s performance, slapped hands with Hield, pinned a big hug on him and then patted him on the back of the neck. Vitale let Hield know how blown away he was by him.

Hield and Mason congratulated each other on jobs well done.

Kansas fans let Hield know what they thought of him by sending him off the floor with a standing ovation.

“He deserved it,” Ellis said.

So did KU's senior forward from Wichita.

Ellis made a number of clutch shots to bring Kansas back from an eight-point deficit and hit three-pointers, baby hooks, turn-around hooks — you name it, he made it — on his way to 27 points and 13 rebounds in 53 minutes.

“I don’t know if scoring-wise it was one of my best games, but heart-wise, confidence-wise, it was,” Ellis said.

Mason called it, “craziest game I’ve ever been a part of.”

Both teams, blessed with more experience than most elite college squads, are really good. On this night, they both were crazy good.

“We beat a team tonight that could win the national championship,” Self said.

Nobody who saw the game on TV or live could be dumb enough to argue that point.

— See what people were saying about No. 1 versus No. 2 during KUsports.com’s live coverage


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By the Numbers: Kansas 109, Oklahoma 106 (3OT)

By the Numbers: Kansas 109, Oklahoma 106 (3OT)

Comments

Dirk Medema 3 years, 4 months ago

Will you or Gary be recounting this one compared to some of the other greats from decades past in the next day or so? I thought sure that was what this title was leading to, but that probably deserves a bit more contemplation. Definitely a classic.

Dave Miller 3 years, 4 months ago

As I was reading this article I remembered Nick Collison's performance vs Texas when Dick Vitale gave him a standing ovation.

David Black 3 years, 4 months ago

I was at that game and remember the performance like yesterday, Awesome Baby..

Buck Bukaty 3 years, 4 months ago

Kudos too for the strong bench support when called upon, particularly Jamari "Jumpin' Jack" Traylor and Landon "Strawberries" Lucas!

Brett McCabe 3 years, 4 months ago

We had roughly twice as many bench minutes as OU, and it helped seal the deal when they had the best player on the floor. Brannen and Carlton had some nice contributions and Svi's three was great.

By the time we play in Norman, I expect to see Carlton and Cheick playing bigger roles, and giving us a good opportunity to win there. With every game, Bill has more options for match-up basketball.

Rob Bedford III 3 years, 4 months ago

Do you think KU would have won last night if Spangler were 100%?

Buck Bukaty 3 years, 4 months ago

With all due respect, I'll give that some thought just as soon as I definitively conclude whether Oswald killed Kennedy.

Rob Bedford III 3 years, 4 months ago

Funny. I don't see OU losing again in conference this year. KU will have a tough time holding onto the Big 12 streak.

Jay Scott 3 years, 4 months ago

Another Kansas win. A unanimous #1 ranking on today's ESPN Power Ranking. Another eruption from the "Experts" (We won't call them Chicken Littles this time) on why Self has no clue how to coach. Here's their idea....

Playing Time Allotments per game as determined by the "Experts"

Diallo - 40 minutes minimum. He's Wilt/Jordan. He was a HS All Star Game MVP!

Mason - 30 minutes max. The poor fella will be toast by March

Selden - Same

Graham - 20 Minutes. He might not really be that good.

Ellis - 25 minutes, mostly at the 3 because he's George Niang and can't score inside.

Bragg - 25 minutes. He was a McDonald's All American too!

Mickelson - 20 Minutes. He's the second coming of Bill Walton

Brannen Greene - 25 minutes. He's Reggie Miller.

Svi - Who knows? Anywhere from banished to 25 minutes...

Traylor - Benched

Lucas - Benched

Vick - Next year

It's only a matter of time until Zenger fires Self and hires a coach that will follow this to the letter. A JV Girls coach from Olathe would be fine....

Brett McCabe 3 years, 4 months ago

The final tallies are in and you are, in fact, the weirdest dude to ever post on this board. The day after a great KU victory, you are on here picking fights?

Jay Scott 3 years, 4 months ago

Isn't it funny how when you make fun of certain kinds of stupidity that the same few people feel offended.....

Brett McCabe 3 years, 4 months ago

You know, Jay, it's not really that. This is a KU fan site, so the people here petty much all love the Jayhawks. It's strange to me why you continue to come on this site and criticize Jayhawk fans. Why bother visiting or commenting if you are so much smarter than anyone who disagrees with you?

This site has gone through some evolution....we all seem to learn at one point to get off our soap boxes and actually respond to what's happening.

For months, Rodney could not post without a comment on either bad recruiting or to criticize Perry. Doug can't comment without a Mangino reference. Joe panders full-time in long-form. Aaron disagrees with everyone on everything. Suzi can't post without an Ardennes battle strategy reference, and I offer incredible sports insight 24/7. To quote the company behind Flo: it's what we do. But we all gave up what we used to do and started to actually add something to the conversation.

Try posting tomorrow without employing any of the following words: Chicken, Little, or Geniuses. It will be cathartic.

Jay Scott 3 years, 4 months ago

Here's two even easier ideas.

1) If you don't say anything stupid and negative, nobody, me included, will point out that it's stupid and negative.

2) If you don't immediately respond to jokes about stupid and negative people, nobody will assume that you're one of them.(Unless you once again prove otherwise)

Al Martin 3 years, 4 months ago

Given that you started this idiot thread, clearly 1) is false.

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