What an incredible night in Lawrence, Kansas. Oklahoma and Kansas went three overtimes in the battle for number one. It was a sporting event that truly lived up to its hype and went well beyond.
They went at it like a championship fight. They each deserve a standing ovation for the performance that they put on. They gave it everything they had, playing with so much passion, energy, spirit and emotion.
In the end, Kansas won its 32nd straight game at Phog Allen Fieldhouse and Oklahoma still left without a win; the last victory there was 1993.
That was the loudest I have heard an arena get in my 37 years of calling games on television. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and both teams played so hard for 55 minutes. It was the best game I have called in my career.
The stars really shined. Buddy Hield set a record for points for an opponent at Allen Field House, scoring 46 points while playing all but one minute. He showed that he could score in so many ways. He performed as well s anyone could on such a big stage.
Perry Ellis showed why he is an inside-outside threat. He was especially tough in the low blocks against Ryan Spangler. He’s a solid interior player who put on a show at times. Ellis finished with 27 points and the Jayhawks needed every one of them.