LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas coach Bill Self felt more than a little fortunate that his No. 8 Jayhawks pulled out a 64-63 win against a very tough Texas Tech team.
Andrew Wiggins layup with 2 seconds left lifted Kansas to victory on Tuesday night.
I think sometimes you could say they were a little lucky, he said of the Red Raiders. They threw some in at the end of the shot clock that maybe werent the highest percentage shots, and we were a little lucky that the ball just happened to bounce to Wigs there at the end. Thats part of it.
Weve been unlucky and weve been lucky before, and they usually balance out over time.
The freshman finished with 19 points, and Joel Embiid matched his career high with 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2). Kansas reached 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season, and 11 conference victories for the 20th straight year.
Texas Techs Robert Turner sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Red Raiders up 63-62, but Kansas brought the ball up and got it inside to Wiggins for the win.
Jordan Tolbert scored 16 points and Dejan Kravic added 13 to lead Texas Tech (13-13, 5-8).
The Jayhawks own a two-game lead in the Big 12 after Texas fell 85-76 at Iowa State on Tuesday night.
Its big, its big, but it doesnt mean anything unless we win Saturday, Self said of Kansas home game against the Longhorns.
I wasnt banking on them losing, all I wanted to do was win two games this week, and if we were able to do that then it would be a great week.
The score was tied nine times and the lead changed 13 times.
No. 5 DUKE 68, GEORGIA TECH 51: In Atlanta, Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds in as the Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled.
Robert Carter Jr. led the Yellow Jackets (13-13, 4-9 ACC) with 13 points. Kammeon Holsey had 12, and Chris Bolden added 10.
No. 9 VILLANOVA 82, PROVIDENCE 79, 2OT: In Providence, R.I., Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Wildcats.
Arcidiacono led Villanova (23-3, 11-2 Big East) with 21 points. Bryce Cotton led the Friars (17-10, 7-7) with 22 points.
No. 11 LOUISVILLE 80, SOUTH FLORIDA 54: In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 19 points and the Cardinals (22-4, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) overcame foul troubles.
Victor Rudd had 27 points but was the Bulls (12-15, 3-11) only double-digit scorer on a night it shot 49 percent from the field.
No. 14 VIRGINIA 57, VIRGINIA TECH 53: In Blacksburg, Va., Justin Anderson and Joe Harris made consecutive 3-pointers to cap the Cavaliers (22-5, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rally from an 11-point, second-half deficit.
The Hokies (9-16, 2-11), who ended a 10-game losing streak in their previous outing on Saturday against Miami, got 13 points each from Joey Van Zegeren and Devin Wilson.
No. 17 IOWA STATE 85, No. 19 TEXAS 76: In Ames, Iowa, Melvin Ejim scored 25 points and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help the Cyclones (20-5, 8-5 Big 12) earn their fifth victory in six games.
Isaiah Taylor had 26 points to lead the Longhorns (20-6, 9-4), whove followed up a seven-game winning streak by splitting their last four.
No. 18 KENTUCKY 84, MISSISSIPPI 70: In Oxford, Miss., Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Aaron Harrison added 17 points in the Wildcats (20-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) win.
Jarvis Summers led the Rebels (16-10, 7-6) with 22 points and Anthony Perez added 21.
MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE 75, GRACE 65: In Winona Lake, Martell Medley led the Cougars (7-21, 4-13 in Crossroads League) with 20 points. Grace (16-12, 8-9) was paced by Logan Irwins 18 points and Niko Reads 14.
ST. JOHNS 77, BUTLER 52: In New York, JaKarr Sampson scored a career-high 23 points and the Red Storm (18-9, 8-6) pulled away in the second half.
Khyle Marshall led the Bulldogs (12-14, 2-12) with 16 points but was a non-factor in the second half.
GEORGETOWN 60, No. 22 ST. JOHNS 57: In Washington, Samisha Powell scored 13 points and the Hoyas (9-18, 3-12 Big East) scored a come-from-behind upset.
Amber Thompson scored 14 points and Aliyyah Handford and Briana Brown each added 13 for the Red Storm (19-6, 12-2).