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Kansas Falls to West Virginia

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

By the time I reach the end of this sentence, I will have already written more about this game than it deserves.

In what an early 2000s Big Ten fan might call an "offensive explosion," Kansas led for much of this one. Unfortunately, they could never extend the lead past six, and it was generally a one or two possession game. Dedric Lawson did not get a bucket until just under six minutes to go in the first, and the Jayhawks went 0-6 from three in the half, leading to a 23-23 tie going into the break.

At several points in the second half, Kansas looked like they might blow it open. However, bad habits are hard to break, and they repeatedly turned it over or fouled to keep West Virginia right there. It was a five point lead with less than three to go, but they allowed back to back baskets to make it a one point game. KU's last four possessions ended as follows: Garrett missed stepback, Garrett missed jumper, Vick missed contested three off the dribble, Vick missed contested three off the dribble. The last would have given them the win with time running down, but Lawson couldn't quite get the putback. West Virginia gets their first conference win of the year with a 65-64 victory.

This team has a lot of work to do and little time to do it.