If you didn’t watch Kansas/Oklahoma on Monday night, well, you missed what will probably go down as the game of the year. In one of the most thrilling regular season college basketball games – perhaps ever – No. 1 Kansas outlasted No. 2 Oklahoma, 109-106, in triple overtime.
“Man, the game was crazy,” Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “The fans were crazy amazing. It was just great to be a part of it.”
Kansas hit seven three-pointers in the first half to take an 11-point lead, but Oklahoma rallied to lead 44-40 at the break. The Jayhawks then rallied in the second half to force overtime.
“We just knew we had to get a stop,” Graham said of the final minutes in regulation. “Every possession was get a stop. One stop at a time.”
Graham finished with 22 points and seven rebounds, Wayne Selden Jr. had 21 points and five rebounds, and Perry Ellis finished with team-highs in points (27) and rebounds (13).
“Perry had a great game, coming through clutch for us, knocking down shots late,” Graham said. “Guys just did their job on defense and we got what we needed.”
Kansas (13-1) struggled to contain Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard for much of the night. That duo combined for 14 three-pointers, as Hield finished with 46 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Oklahoma forwards Ryan Spangler and Khadeem Lattin, meanwhile, combined for 24 points, 32 rebounds and eight blocks.
“Oh, they’re a great team,” Graham said. “They’re definitely going to be a team you should look forward to seeing to go deep in March. Their perimeter players are tough. That’s why we knew it would be a tough game. Their unbelievable one-on-one skills, getting to the basket, finishing and knocking down open shots – yeah, they’re just great all around. Perimeter and inside.”
In the end, though, Kansas did just enough to pull out the win. Bill Self got a technical foul just before halftime, which only seemed to fire his players up.
“He’s passionate with what he does,” Graham said. “We went in the locker room and it kind of fired us up. We battled back. It just helped us grind the game out. We knew he cared, so we had to put our heart on the line and do as much as he did. I will never forget this game. One of the best games I’ve been a part of.”