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Oklahoma Sooners Down Kansas Jayhawks 75-73 In Dramatic Fashion

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Missing a few key players, the Kansas Jayhawks quickly found themselves in a 8-17 hole on the road in Norman, Oklahoma. To add insult to injury, the 3-point shooting slump experienced over the past three games continued into the match-up against the Oklahoma Sooners. However, Wayne Selden Jr. broke the trend hitting the first of five shots from beyond the arc with 4:43 left in the first half.

Continuing to fight Kelly Oubre Jr. made an impact on the game with constant defensive pressure while grabbing any rebound that came his way finishing with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). The effort spilled over into the rest of the squad as the Jayhawks grabbed their first meaningful lead of the game 55-54 on a Landen Lucas jumper.

Unable to put away the Jayhawks, Lon Kruger squeezed a final few drops of fight from Oklahoma. Clinging to a 3 point lead, the unthinkable occurred. With a full court pass reaching its intended target before being tossed to Frank Mason III who elevated for a potential game tying shot, Isaiah Cousins failed to recover. The result sent Mason III to the charity stripe as he connected on all three attempts to bring the contest to 73-73. At that point in time, Mason III recorded 7 consecutive made free throws without another Kansas player scoring

Making a crucial mistake in not pressuring the inbounds pass, Jordan Woodard took the ball coast to coast. Missing the lay in at the rim, Buddy Hield rescued the Sooners from the jaws of defeat with a heroic last second tip in leaving 0.2 seconds on the clock pushing his total output to a team high 18 points.

By rule, Kansas needed a miracle full court tip in as the time did not allow for a catch a shoot. Opting to roll the ball along the floor appeared as though the Jayhawks conceded the battle giving way to a 75-73 Sooner victory.