Christian Braun had misfired on 8 of 9 three-point shot makes an attempt when he hoisted one more from the nook with 21 seconds left in No. 23-ranked Kansas’ 67-61 victory over No. 15 Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore out of Blue Valley Northwest Excessive College swished this remaining attempt from past the arc and, in doing so, helped KU maintain off the hard-charging Crimson Raiders, who had sliced an 11-point deficit with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left simply earlier than Braun’s essential three.
“That’s a big-time shot, large time,” KU coach Invoice Self mentioned of the Braun shot that assured KU (17-7, 11-5) its fifth straight victory.
“Typically our guys shoot it higher once they know they must shoot it. Typically they’re hesitant once they don’t must shoot it,” Self added, noting Braun needed to let the shot fly shortly after catching an ideal move from Jalen Wilson.
“We needed to shoot it as a result of it was 3, 2, 1,” Self famous of the shot-clock countdown. “It in all probability put him in place after beginning 1 for 9, in all probability gave him slightly extra confidence to shoot it aggressively as a result of there was no different choice.”
Tech’s Terrence Shannon misfired from three with 10 ticks left and Mac McClung additionally misfired from past the arc at :08, and that was it for the scoring in KU’s third-straight low-scoring sport.
This victory over Tech (14-7, 6-6) was by far KU’s most spectacular of its five-game win streak, Self advised the media after a sport by which the Jayhawks hit 41% of their photographs to the Crimson Raiders’ 42.3%. Tech hit 5 of 15 threes; KU 8 of 26.
“I assumed we performed nicely. It’s the very best we’ve performed, (all yr)” Self mentioned. “I’m leaving out of right here the very best I’ve felt a very long time about this group.”
KU dedicated simply six turnovers to Tech’s 9 and truly seemed higher on offense than within the final two defensive-minded wins — a 59-41 victory at Kansas State and 64-50 win at Iowa State.
“We really performed higher offensively than what we scored. We missed numerous attractiveness,” Self mentioned.
David McCormack led the way in which with 17 factors on 7-of-10 capturing with eight rebounds, whereas Ochai Agbaji had 14 factors, Wilson 11 factors and 11 rebounds and Braun and Marcus Garrett 10 factors apiece.
“C.B. (Braun), OchaI and Jalen bought off 23 threes, most of them actually attractiveness (combining to hit seven). David was nice. Marcus was nice (5 assists, three turnovers, three rebounds) and Bryce (Thompson, 5 factors) and Juan (Harris, 4 assists, 14 minutes) have been good off the bench,” Self mentioned, including, “We actually guarded.”
The Jayhawks held high-scoring guard McClung to 11 factors on 4-of-13 capturing (2 of 6 on threes). McClung additionally had 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. The Crimson Raiders have been led by Marcus Santos-Silva and Kevin McCullar, who scored 10 factors apiece.
“I do suppose that is in all probability nearly as good as we’ve been on each ends,” Self mentioned.
He rapidly added: “We aren’t near being the place we need to be. Now we have two alternatives subsequent week to achieve on that. We’re actually wanting ahead to taking part in two groups who cleaned our clock the primary time.”
He’s wanting ahead to half two and three of the three-game gauntlet to shut the common season. KU will meet No. 12 Texas at 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Frank Erwin Middle in Austin, then shut in opposition to No. 2 Baylor at 7 p.m., Feb. 27 at Allen Fieldhouse. Texas beat KU by 25 factors on Jan. 2 at Allen Fieldhouse; Baylor stopped the Jayhawks by eight factors Jan. 18 in Waco, Texas.
“We’ve gained 5 in a row. We beat a ranked group for the primary time shortly,” Self mentioned, itemizing some causes for his nice temper in leaving the fieldhouse on Saturday.
“I nonetheless suppose the attitudes are such that it’s the very best they’ve been all yr lengthy. I really feel this has been a superb stretch for us. We haven’t all the time performed nicely. We’ve gotten confidence via it. That’s why I’m feeling higher as a result of I believe there’s one other step with this group,” Self mentioned.
He’s elated about his group’s protection.
“We’ve turn into extra linked defensively,” Self mentioned. “We’re displaying flashes of being a reasonably good defensive group. Guys are taking delight in what wins video games. I’m undecided that was the case in January (throughout stretch by which KU dropped 5 of seven video games and for one week left the AP ballot after a 12-season keep). I believe we have been taking delight in what we thought gained video games versus what we all know now wins video games.”
McCormack scored 12 factors the primary half on 5-of-5 capturing as KU, which led 10-2 out of the gate, held a 31-25 lead at halftime. McClung cashed a deep three to beat the halftime buzzer.
The Jayhawks maintained management till that late stretch by which Texas Tech shrugged off the 11-point deficit with slightly below three minutes to play to place a scare into the Jayhawks and their 2,500 followers.
“It’s an enormous win,” McCormack mentioned. “We got here out with nice vitality, bought off to an awesome begin. It will carry us into our subsequent video games. We’ve bought loads of vitality. It’ll assist us transferring ahead.”
He mentioned a key to finishing a two-game, season sweep of Tech was, “staying cool, staying calm. There have been occasions Tech bought spurts. We didn’t let it get out of hand, stayed on prime of it defensively and made the correct reads on offense. We nonetheless didn’t hit the photographs we have to hit. As soon as they begin falling, it will likely be a a lot simpler sport for us.”.
The Crimson Raiders fell to 1-20 all time in Allen Fieldhouse.