Kansas made its last shot, and Oklahoma State missed its last shot, and Kansas prevailed 68-67 in double overtime Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. The game had huge Big 12 title implications but the game itself was a classic that should become part of the lore of both schools basketball history.
Naadir Tharpe hit a shot with 16 seconds left for Kansas. Markel Brown missed a shot as time expired for Oklahoma State, and that turned out to be the difference.
The game was tight the entire way, with neither team establishing much of a lead. The lead changed hands 23 times and the biggest lead of the game was when Kansas led by five early in the second half.
Oklahoma State had won seven in a row, and four of those by five points or less by making clutch plays in the final moments. Their streak began at Kansas when they beat the Jayhawks who were ranked No. 1 at the time.
Both teams had trouble shooting, but both teams were also playing tough defense. The score was tied at 26 at the half and at 57 at the end of regulation. Oklahoma State shot 33 percent from the field and Kansas hit 41 percent.
Kansas and Kansas State are now tied for the Big 12 lead with three losses, and Oklahoma State now has four with five games left. The Cowboys play Kansas State in the final game and could still win the title with some breaks. Kansas also still has to play Kansas State again.
Kansas has won or tied for the Big 12 regular season title for eight consecutive years.
Travis Releford scored 18 points and Jeff Withey had 17 points for the Jayhawks,
Markel Brown scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma State.
Marcus Smart had 16 points but fouled out midway through the second extra period on an offensive foul. Phil Forte added 13. Smart had trouble shooting from the field, and did not hit a field goal until the final minutes of regulation. He was hitting foul shots though, and made 9 of 10 in regulation.
Here are some quotes from players after the game: