Oklahoma led most of the way, but that didn't matter in the final minute of this one, which brought an awful lot of craziness and familiar feeling of March Madness.
The Sooners led by five with 24 seconds remaining when a pair of Frank Mason free throws brought them within three. Then a Kelly Oubre steal led to more Mason free throws, to bring the game within one. After Jordan Woodard knocked down a pair of freebies to push it back out to three points, the Jayhawks had an inbounds play under their own basket with eight seconds remaining.
Instead of trying to dribble the ball up and putting the "foul or defend up three" situation into play, the coach Bill Self called a brilliant play that led to Frank Mason getting fouled:
But just when this game seemed destined to go to overtime, we got this from possible Big 12 Player of the Year Hield:
Crazy fun game, and a huge win for the Sooners, who seem solidly set in that No. 3/4 seed range unless something crazy happens next week in the Big 12 Tournament. For Kansas, it's impressive that they stayed this close on the road without Perry Ellis, who sat out the game with an injury.
…Kansas' loss against Oklahoma today marked the Jayhawks' fifth L in Big 12 play. That's the most for that program in 15 seasons.
“Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don’t replace work. In this game you don’t get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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The entire Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be televised nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Games will also be available on WatchESPN.
2015 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sprint Center - Kansas City
Wednesday, March 11 National Television Time (CDT)
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 TCU ESPNU 6:00 p.m.
No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Texas Tech ESPNU 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 12
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 5 West Virginia ESPN2 11:30 a.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs. K-State/TCU winner ESPN2 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 Iowa State vs. UT/TTU winner ESPNU 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State ESPNU 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 13
Thursday Afternoon Winners ESPN or ESPN2 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Winners ESPN or ESPN2 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 Semifinal Winners ESPN 5:00 p.m.
Big 12 Sports
The award list -- which is voted on by over 1,000 media members -- features the two presumptive favorites for the award, Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor, as well as five other seniors, six juniors, a sophomore and one other freshmen.
The ACC leads the way with four finalists, followed by two each from the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, WCC, MVC, along with one from the Pac-12.
Ron Baker, junior, Wichita State
Malcolm Brogdon, junior, Virginia
Willie Cauley-Stein, junior, Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas, senior, Syracuse
Jerian Grant, senior, Notre Dame
Tyler Haws, senior, BYU
Buddy Hield, junior, Oklahoma
Frank Kaminsky, senior, Wisconsin
Georges Niang, junior, Iowa State
Jahlil Okafor, freshman, Duke
Bobby Portis, sophomore, Arkansas
D'Angelo Russell, freshman, Ohio State
Seth Tuttle, senior, Northern Iowa
Kyle Wiltjer, junior, Gonzaga
Delon Wright, senior, Utah
It went very much the same way most of their experiences on the tile floor at East 185th and Lakeshore went over the past four years – dominant and successful.
VASJ scored the first 23 points of the game en route to a 95-50 destruction of the Crusaders. The Vikings advanced to the Division III Garfield Heights District semifinals on March 9 against Elyria Catholic.
VASJ (17-4) – sparked by an array of highlight dunks and full-court defensive plays – roared out to a 23-0 lead on MLK before the Crusaders finally hit the scoreboard with a 3-pointer.
The Vikings were led by Jeff Grudzinski, who scored a career-high 18 points off the bench, and Kansas recruit Carlton Bragg, who equaled Grudzinski with 18.
…The Vikings are four wins away from returning to Columbus for the state final four and six wins from bringing home a sixth state championship in boys basketball to Viking Village.
Kansas bound Carlton Bragg (@carltonbragg31)...named to the All Ohio Division III first -team.
All those shots would do is determine the winner of the Class AAAAAA boys state championship game at the Macon Cetreplex late Saturday night.
With .05 seconds to play, the Naismith Award finalist and McDonald’s All-American’s first free throw was true to tie the game against Pebblebrook at 58-all. When the second hit nothing but the bottom of the net, the Wildcats’ celebration could begin.
The Marietta Daily Journal
About to watch #IU vs #MSU #CollegeGameday
Crean is also currently facing questions about his own job performance. Indiana has lost four of its last six games, and fans vocalized their frustration in the form of boos at the end of Tuesday's 14-point home loss to Iowa.
Indiana is currently oversigned by two spots in the 2015 class, with Juwan Morgan and OG Anunoby set to join the program this summer. The Hoosiers do not have any seniors currently on their roster.
McDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN GAME
April 1, United Center, Chicago
ESPN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 2-4, Christ the King, Queens, N.Y. & Madison Square Garden
NIKE HOOP SUMMIT
April 11, Moda Center, Portland
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL
April 11, Freedom Hall, Lexington, KY
JORDAN BRAND CLASSIC
Friday April 17, Barclays Center 7p.m,
Regional Games (4:00 pm) All times Eastern
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