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Kansas Outlasts Oklahoma 109-106 in Battle of Number 1's

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Hield's 46 still couldn't beat KU in the Phog

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

What. A. Game. The Kansas Jayhawks beat the Oklahoma Sooners 109-106 in triple overtime on Monday night, The top ranked Jayhawks has now beaten the Sooners 22 straight times in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield tossed up 46 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in defeat. Eligibility-conqueror Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Oklahoma fell behind early in the game as the jitters seemed to have been getting to everyone except for Hield. The nervousness  didn't last long. The Sooners rallied from 11 down at one point to take a 4 point lead into halftime behind a 12-0 burst. The second half was just as tight as the first. Oklahoma led for the majority of the half but fell behind late. With the game tied and under a minute to go, Jamari Traylor fouled Khadeem Lattin on a rebound with 2.9 seconds left. Lattin, a 52% free throw shooter, missed the front end of the 1-and-1 and we went to overtime.

The first and second OT's were insanely even. Hield would pop a big three and Wayne Seldon would match him with a triple just a big. Khadeem Lattin would tip in a shot and a Perry Ellis hook would tie it back up.

Theeeeen the third overtime. It started out like a nightmare. Hield fouled Seldon on a made three and you could feel the game slipping away, despite the missed free throw. Despite all the mistakes, Oklahoma had a chance to win the game with :08 left. With Hield inbounding, Frank Mason stole the pass and was sent to the line. After making both, the Sooners still had a chance. A blocked Spangler three and a Hield 3 bricked off the backboard ended their chances of being the last Number 1 standing.

Next Monday, Oklahoma shouldn't drop past 4 in the AP poll

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