November 25, 2007

Kansas survives scare from Arizona

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Sunday nights highly anticipated showdown between No. 4 Kansas and Arizona turned out to be an Instant Classic. The Jayhawks and Wildcats, two of the nations elite college basketball programs, traded blows for 40 minutes. Once the final buzzer sounded, the game wasn't decided and needed another five minutes of action. In overtime, Bill Self's squad finally took control and made several critical plays down the stretch. Jayhawk Slant has reaction from the locker room.

There is absolutely no question that Sunday nights game between Kansas and Arizona was an Instant Classic. While the first 35 minutes of the game might have been somewhat boring, the same simply cannot be said about the 10 minutes.

The Wildcats scored the games first four points, but the Jayhawks quickly responded with a 13-0 run. During that stretch, junior Brandon Rush scored five points and, at the time, jumpstarted Self's squad.

Kansas extended its lead to 20-9 and appeared to be in complete control of the game. But that simply wasn't the case. The Jayhawks simply had no answer for Chase Budinger. The extremely talented sophomore from California scored 15 first half points and fouled out with a game high 27-points.

Budinger connected on 10-of-23 field goals and was 6-of-12 from behind the arc. There were a number of times when it looked like Kansas would have no answer for Budinger. When the halftime buzzer sounded, Kansas and Arizona were tied, 40-40.

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