The hope for KU's Big 12 title streak lives on, for now. Kansas realistically needed a victory over Oklahoma State in Gallagher-Iba, the kryptonite to Bill Self's Superman, to have any shot at making up the one game lead shared by Kansas State and Texas Tech. They got it, but not without plenty of drama.
The statsheet claims that OSU missed 36 shots today. I'm not one to call anyone a liar, but I sure as hell don't remember most of them. The Cowboys were scorching hot most of this game, and Kansas only returned the favor for a couple of stretches. That shooting carried them to a 37-32 halftime lead, at which point they were 54% from both two and three alike, with KU hitting just under 40% of their shots from the field.
Kansas battled back early in the second half, and even looked like they might blow it wide open heading toward the under-12 timeout. They pushed the lead to six and OSU's shooting seemed to have slowed. Unfortunately, the 'Pokes offensive machine roared back to life, ultimately tying the game and then taking a four point lead with about five minutes remaining.
From there, there Oklahoma State would only hit one of their last seven shots, while Kansas worked their way back into the lead. After two made free throws with 14.2 seconds left, Kansas was up three. Ochai Agbaji appeared to forget his defensive assignment and left one of the conference's best shooters, Lindy Waters, wiiiiiiiide open for three. Somehow, the shot rimmed out, and two Agbaji free throws iced the game. Kansas escaped with a 72-67 win.
Quentin Grimes had a nice game, scoring 19 on 7-12 shooting. Dedric went for a quiet 20 and 16, if such a thing exists. Devon Dotson struggled, getting himself into foul trouble, and turning it over four times while collecting just two points and three assists.
Kansas is half a game back in the standings, pending the rest of the day's results. They play at Oklahoma Tuesday night.