Kansas trailed Kansas State by as many as 16 points in the first half before closing the deficit to 34-31 at halftime. The Jayhawks outscored the Wildcats, 42-39, in the second half and pulled ahead, 73-71, with 10 seconds left in regulation after Gardner connected on a jumper. Gardner blocked Leticia Romero’s layup attempt on the other end, but KSU’s Breanna Lewis (team-high 20 points and game-high 14 rebounds, five blocks) put back the rebound with a second left, sending the game to overtime.
Kansas used an 11-5 run to open overtime, taking an 84-78 lead with 2:11 to play. Natalie Knight made two free throws, Asia Boyd converted a three-point play, and Gardner was 4 of 4 from the line to cap the scoring. The Wildcats missed two shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch.
No other team in the Big 12 is over .500 on the road in Self’s 11 seasons. Texas’ 43-47 mark is next in line, a whopping 22 games behind KU in the loss column. Other road records include: K-State 39-52, Oklahoma 31-59, Oklahoma State 27-63, Baylor 24-66, Iowa State 20-71, Texas Tech 17-74, West Virginia 6-12 and TCU 0-18.
Each year, one of Keating’s main tasks is the same, as he must find five “guarantee” games for KU. These involve teams that agree to come to Allen Fieldhouse or Sprint Center to play the Jayhawks without a return game.
It’s not as simple as picking random cupcakes. Keating does his own research up to a year and a half in advance, looking for teams in non-BCS conferences that will finish at the top of their respective conferences.
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