Kansas men’s basketball, which won 17 straight games dating back to the 2021-22 NCAA title holders, will play another tournament — at Battle 4 Atlantis — on Friday.
Bobby Pettiford put together an improbable offensive rebound for a basket to beat the overtime bell as the Jayhawks (6-0) followed up their first round victory over North Carolina State with a 69-68 overtime win over Wisconsin Thursday at the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort in the Isles. Bahamas.
Zach Clemens missed three on OT’s final KU possession with KU trailing by one and four seconds to play. The ball missed but was charged by Jalen Wilson to Pettiford, who latched on a short reverse cross for an improbable win.
Wilson scored 29 points and Kevin McCullar added 18 for KU. McColar hit a three to force overtime with 12 seconds left in the game.
The Jayhawks survived the game by as much as 15 points in the second half, only to see Wisconsin tie the score with about 8 minutes to play.
Grady Dick hit three three-pointers for KU, which reached the title game in its second tournament appearance. In 2013, KU lost in the semi-finals of the event to Villanova.
Tyler Wahl scored 23 points for Wisconsin (4-1), which defeated Dayton in the first round. Wisconsin won this tournament in 2014 and finished as runner-up in 2018.
KU has a 29-7 record in championships on the season with 10 championship titles in Bill Self’s 20-year era. KU won six consecutive championships in the season from 2014 to 2019.
Kansas, which opened the game 2 of 16 from the field, went on an 8-1 run to open up a 20-12 lead at 7:37. On that run, McColar dipped, Wilson made three, McColar added three, and Adams scored an inside bucket. It took McColar some time to warm up, as he opened the shooting game 0-for-5 and 0-for-4 from three.
By halftime, the Jayhawks had only shot 12 of 32 shots (37.5%) but led 33-20.
In the first half, Wilson scored 10 points on six rebounds, while Dick scored nine points on 3-of-7 three-point games. McColar shot 4 of 10 shots (1 of 5 threes) and had 10 points and four rebounds.
Wisconsin hit 8 of 26 shots in the first half for a 30.8% percentage. The Badgers were 2 of 8 of three and KU was 6 of 17. Max Klinsmidt led the way with six points.
Dick hit three with 8.9 seconds left in the first half. Wisconsin scored a bucket at the buzzer which was erased from the scoreboard upon further review. Thus KU had a 13-point lead at the break.
KU led by 15 points, 41-26 with 15:41 left.
However, Wisconsin went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to five points (43-38) with 11:52 to play. Kuwait University committed five transformations in that period. The run went on to 22-7 and the game was tied on a three-pointer by Klismet at 8:18.
Carter Gilmour hit a wide open layup at 6:48 and Wisconsin took a 52-50 lead, leading to a Bill Self timeout.
KU is up when it’s down 52-50. The Jayhawks took a 10-0 lead to take a 60-52 lead at 3:38. Wilson and McColar all scored points during this stretch.
Wisconsin didn’t fold, and rallied to grab a 61-60 lead on a bucket by Wahl at 0:49. Yes, KU squandered an eight-point lead at the 3:38 mark. Wall scored nine consecutive goals in overtime.
Down 63-60, KU tied the game on three goals by McCullar. Clemens missed an open look from the corner but got the rebound and passed to McColar, who shot a hat-trick. Wisconsin failed to score on Hepburn’s last-second shot and the game went to OT.
This story was originally published November 24, 2022 12:44 PM.
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