Kansas is 0-1 on a season for the first time in - well, in a long time.
In what turned out to be an entertaining, up-and-down-the-floor contest, Indiana outlasted the Jayhawks in overtime by a 103-99 count.
The game was close throughout, as neither team was ever able to build a double digit lead at any point. Kansas did lead by nine midway through the first half, and would take a 46-42 lead into halftime.
The Jayhawks once again built a lead back up to nine points, but the Hoosiers just would not go away. Indiana’s James Blackmon willed the Hoosiers closer to the Jayhawks; once he made a 3-pointer with 14:33 left to tie it at 56, it was anyone’s game.
The two teams would go back and forth the rest of the way as players began to get into foul trouble. Blackmon kept sinking free throws, then Mason would drive to the hoop on the other end.
Unfortunately, overtime would not go KU’s way, as the Jayhawks never led in the extra frame. Tyler Self even made an appearance after Frank Mason fouled out with 17 seconds left.
This and That
Six players fouled out, three on each side.
Frank Mason led all scorers with 30 points on 8-20 shooting,, plus 13-15 from the free throw line.
Indiana made 15 of 32(!!!) 3-point attempts.
Kansas turned the Hoosiers over 19 times versus just 11 giveaways.
Kansas will fly directly from Honolulu to New York City ahead of KU’s matchup with Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov 15, in Madison Square Garden.
We’ll take a closer look at the Indiana game over the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.