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Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) strips a ball from Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) strips a ball from Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Any time Kansas basketball plays, it’s a big deal in Lawrence. But the Big Monday, triple-overtime instant classic between the No. 1 Jayhawks and No. 2 Oklahoma was something else entirely.

With no Monday Night Football or major college bowl game to distract the nation’s sports fans, anyone in need of some cheap entertainment found it easily on ESPN, as two of the nation’s elite teams traded big-time shot after big-time shot and combined to score 215 points in a marathon of a Big 12 basketball showcase.

The entertaining performance had the Twitterverse buzzing about the Jayhawks and Sooners, during and after KU’s frantic victory.

Some former Jayhawks, of course, showed their love for the program.

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But really, anyone who cares about college basketball couldn’t stop themselves from chiming in on this classic.

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As much as everyone loved watching the Big 12 thriller, the game even had a little controversy — in overtime, no less.

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The way this game was played neither team was leaving Allen Fieldhouse feeling bad about itself. And since KU won, maybe (just maybe) Jayhawk fans would be interested in watching Buddy Hield score each of his 46 points all over again.

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No matter who you were rooting for, this one was just a pleasure to watch.

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Comments

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 9 months ago

Good stuff. That one from Luke Winn with the 6 men on the court about gave me a heart attack all over again just now... scary!

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 9 months ago

Doug Gottlieb and Jeff Goodman are two of the biggest tools and KU trolls in sports media. I'll never wish anything bad on them, but I'll never applaud their accomplishments either.

Dale Rogers 5 years, 9 months ago

Doug Gottleib or anyone who wants to whine about the Mason steal should stop and realize if Mason's obviously clean strip of Hield's ball during regulation had not been incorrectly called a foul, then there is no made free throw for the foul and no technical resulting in two more made free throws. In other words, if that erroneous call had not been made, Kansas wins by 3 in regulation. No overtime, no steal of the inbounds pass. Think about it and stop the whining.

Rodney Pain 5 years, 9 months ago

Not to mention that Mason got hacked on the final drive of regulation with no call. Then the refs practically gift wrapped the game calling over the back on Lucas. Lattin just couldn't finish. I feel no sympathy for anyone complaining about that specific call, other than to say it was one of the worst nights of officiating I've ever witnessed. I haven't rewatched the game, but I suspect if it had been called perfectly, the result would have been the same, just a lot sooner.

Vernon Riggs 5 years, 9 months ago

I am not sure anyone should listen to basketball commentary from someone who wears his basketball shorts backwards. Rock Chalk.

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