No. 2 Kansas escapes with overtime win
Lagerald Vick hit the tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, and then had eight of his 27 points in overtime to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 90-84 win over Stanford on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
Daejon Davis hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds left to push Stanford’s lead to 75-72 after driving in and drawing a foul by Dedric Lawson.
Kansas (6-0) then ran its “chop” play – the same one it ran when Mario Chalmers sent the 2008 national championship into overtime – and Devon Dotson found
Vick for the tying 3 with just 7 seconds left.
Vick then opened overtime with another 3, and followed it with a poster dunk that set the Allen Fieldhouse crowd into a frenzy.
He kept it going the next time down, hitting his seventh 3 to make it an eight-point game and put it out of reach.
No. 1 Gonzaga 103, Creighton 92: Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and the Bulldogs (8-0) wiped out an early 11-point deficit to beat the Bluejays (6-2) in a matchup of two of the nation’s top offensive teams in Omaha, Neb. No. 1 in the nation in offensive rebound percentage, in fact. Reid Travis, he of the 22 points and 12 rebounds Saturday, is a smart senior around the hoop. Tyler Herro can make shots. Cal loved the way Keldon Johnson fought Saturday. PJ Washington can play better. And EJ Montgomery needs better game conditioning.
There are so many things we don’t know, however. That Calipari doesn’t know. So many plays he hasn’t installed; so many defensive fundamentals he hasn’t taught; so many of the finer points of ball handling and passing he has yet to get across.
“We still turn it over too much,” he said Saturday.
There’s a fix for that, of course. Over the remainder of December, he can work on that fix. Be prepared. A Camp Cal preview is coming a little early.
“I’ve got to get less into result and more into the process,” Calipari said Saturday. “And I’ve got to stay the course.”
Hey, Kentucky basketball Wildcats, time to get up close and personal with the process. The process of practice.