Top-ranked Kansas defeated No. 2 Oklahoma in triple overtime game Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, 109-106, in a game that left Fans wondering if that was the best game played this season. Last night’s game was certainly a nail bitter throughout the game there were 13 ties, 13 lead changes, both teams had double-digit leads at one point.
“The No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between top-ranked Kansas and second-ranked Oklahoma didn’t disappoint. It took three overtimes. And when it was finally over, it was an old truth played out: It’s really hard to beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.” reported ESPN.
“Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield scored 46 points on 23 shots, hitting eight three-pointers and also making 12 of 14 free throws. He played 54 of a possible 55 minutes. Kansas’s fans gave him a standing ovation as he left the court,”stated the Washington Post. Asked if he’s ever seen that before, Kansas Coach Bill Self said, “Yeah, with Kevin Durant.”
Kansas forward Perry Ellis played 53 minutes scoring 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as did guard Frank Mason III, who had 15 points, 7 rebounds and six assists and guarded Hield after halftime.
Hield had a career high Monday night scoring 46 points but if Frank hadn’t defended him, he would have gone for 60 plus. With the Sooners up 106-105 and 17 seconds left, Mason stripped the ball from Hield and passed down court to Devonte Graham for a fast break, who eventually got fouled and made the go-ahead free throws that gave the Jayhawks the win.
“Kansas (12-1) has not lost since blowing a lead against the Spartans in the Champions Classic in Chicago in mid-November. The Sooners (12-0) are off to their best start in 28 years.The two teams couldn’t be more similar, starting with their experience,” according to NCAA.
“The Jayhawks return most of their core from last season, led by high-scoring guard Wayne Selden and steady Perry Ellis, making them one of Bill Self’s most experienced teams.Oklahoma has four players — Hield, Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Woodard and Ryan Spangler — that have each started the last 80 games. Khadeem Lattin gives the Sooners’s top five 332 combined starts,” reported NCAA.