Kansas Comeback Against Missouri Could Clinch 8th Consecutive Big 12 Crown
With a previous victory over Kansas and a 19 point lead with just over 16 minutes remaining, Missouri had to feel they had a good chance of breaking the dominant force of the Big 12. Instead, Kansas was fuelled by the Allen Fieldhouse crowd to go on a monumental comeback and take the game 87-86 in overtime. Thomas Robinson scored 28 and had 12 rebounds to remain at the forefront of any National Player of the Year discussions with Kentucky's Anthony Davis.
Robinson's shining moment was a monstrous three point play that tied the game 75-75, the score at the end of regulation. Tyshawn Taylor also came up huge for the Jayhawks as 9 of his 24 points came in OT, including sinking a pair of FT's that gave Kansas the W. Missouri fought valiantly, as Marcus Denmon tied Robinson with a game high 28 points. Ricardo Ratliffe finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds with junior guard Michael Dixon scoring 17 points in his usual spark off of the bench.
With their win over Oklahoma State last night, Kansas has clinched their 8th consecutive Big 12 regular season title. The Jayhawks have rode Robinson and Taylor to a 25-5 record, while going 15-2 in conference. The emergence of Jeff Withey has been huge for Kansas, along with having a number of solid role playing guards. They are the #3 ranked team in the AP poll and look to have an inside shot at a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Missouri has also been fantastic, currently ranked #7 in the nation with a 25-4 record, all of their losses coming against Big 12 opponents. Sporting what may be the most dangerous line-up of guards in the nation, Missouri speed and shooting will make them a tough out in March.