The Kansas Jayhawks owned a 19-game winning streak over the Colorado Buffaloes going into today’s game at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, CO. A stadium that is annually deemed “Allen Fieldhouse West” due to the mass amount of Jayhawk faithful attendees.
The Jayhawks exploded out to an early 7-0 lead, but the Buffaloes were able to stabilize and keep the game in reach. Freshman Joel Embiid, the Cameroon Native, had a superb first half, scoring 10 points on 4-6 shooting. The Jayhawks, however, neglected to find him in the second half, as he finished the half only 0-1 from the field before fouling out.
Andrew Wiggins had a fantastic outing, scoring 22 points on 7-11 shooting and adding 5 rebounds as well.
Late in the second half, the Jayhawks came back from being down eight to within just three points. Andrew Wiggins is fouled on a three-point attempt with :13 left to play. After burying the first free-throw, Wiggins fails to convert on his second, and eventually makes the third to bring Kansas within one.
On the ensuing possession, Spencer Dinwiddle of Colorado was sent to the line where he had been outstanding all night (8-10). Dinwiddle misses the first and makes the second.
Perry Ellis is able to make it to the basket with just :04 seconds left to tie the game at 72. Ellis finished the game with 10 points and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes played.
With :03 seconds left and no timeouts, the ball is inbounded into Askia Booker. Closely guarded by Frank Mason, scrambling down the floor, Booker euro-steps and heaves up a 27-foot 3-point attempt. Booker buries the shot and ends the Kansas winning streak over Colorado with an exhilarating 75-72 victory.
Booker and Dinwiddle each finished with 15 points in the game.
Kansas struggled on the defensive glass today, allowing Colorado to get 15 offensive boards. They weren’t very effective on their own offensive glass either, only corralling 8 offensive boards.
The Frank Mason move to starting Point Guard seemed to ring a bell in Junior Naadir Tharpe’s head. He finished the game with 8 points on 3-5 shooting and showed some bright spots within the offense. Mason was just as effective, adding 11 points and 4 assists in 34 minutes played.
Coach Self will be the first to tell you, the team has a long way to go. The Jayhawks have a high-octane roster with plenty of raw talent, it’s just a matter of time and becoming cohesive.