Kansas Edges Sooners in Triple Overtime in Battle of #1 Teams
In an instant classic between two teams both ranked number one in the country, Kansas beat Oklahoma 109-106 in triple overtime on Monday night, January 4, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.
Buddy Hield scored 46 points for Oklahoma, tying the 6th most in a game in OU history, and tied for the most ever by a visiting player at Allen Fieldhouse.
Hield’s brilliant performance ended with a pair of turnovers and a missed three-pointer, as Kansas closed the game on a 5-0 run.
Jordan Woodard hit a three-pointer to give the Sooners a 106-104 lead with under a minute to play.
With OU up 106-105, Hield turned the ball over and Devonte Graham was fouled with 15 seconds left.
Graham hit two free throws to give KU a 107-106 lead.
Then on an inbounds play with 11 seconds left, Hield had his pass deflected and stolen.
Frank Mason was fouled and hit two free throws to make it 109-106 with 8.6 seconds to play.
The Sooners had a final chance, but Hield missed a 3-pointer right before the buzzer, and Kansas had survived to win their 32nd straight home game, and 15th straight in Lawrence over OU.
Oklahoma trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but went on a 12-0 run to end the half to take a 44-40 lead at halftime.
The Sooners then extended the lead to 10 early in the second half, bridging the two halves with a 28-7 run.
Kansas finally regained the lead with three and half minutes left when Devonte Graham got a steal, layup and was fouled to give KU a 73-72 lead.
With the game tied at 77 in the final seconds, Kansas missed a shot and OU’s Khadeem Lattin was fouled on the rebound with just two seconds left.
Lattin missed the front end of a one-and-one and the game went overtime tied at 77.
In the first OT, Hield hit a three-pointer to give the Sooners an 86-81 lead, but Perry Ellis answered with his own three to tie the game at 86.
Wayne Selden had a chance to win the game in the first overtime, but missed a three-pointer, and it went to a second overtime tied at 86.
In the second OT, Frank Graham had a chance to win it, but missed a jumper, and it went to the third overtime tied at 94.
Hield scored five points in the third OT to give OU a 102-101 lead, setting up the dramatic finish.
Hield was 13-23 from the field and made 8 of 15 from three-point range, adding 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
Woodard had 27 points and made six three-pointers, while Ryan Spangler added 14 points and 18 rebounds, and Lattin had 10 points.
OU’s Isaiah Cousins struggled, making 2 of 14 shots and finishing with 4 points.
Kansas was led by Perry Ellis, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Earlier in the day the polls were released, with Kansas number one in the Associated Press poll and Oklahoma #2.
In the coaches poll, the Sooners were #1, with Kansas #2.
It was the 40th meeting all-time between the top two ranked teams in the country, and the eighth by two conference foes in the regular season.
OU and Kansas also played a 1-2 game in the 1990 Big Eight Tournament semifinals, a game won by #1 Oklahoma, 95-77.
The game was the longest in series history between the two teams.
OU has not beaten Kansas in Lawrence since 1993.
The Sooners dropped to 12-1 on the season, while Kansas improved to 13-1.
The two teams will meet again in Norman on February 13.
OU’s next game is Saturday at home against Kansas State at 3:30 pm.