Wisconsin vs. Kansas – Men’s College Basketball Game Recap – November 24, 2022

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — — Kansas’ Bobby Pettiford Jr. stood all the way in which out close to midcourt, virtually on the Battle 4 Atlantis brand, when he noticed his teammate launch a shot for the lead with only some seconds left in time beyond regulation.

“I imply, I usually do not crash however that is the one time I get to crash,” Pettiford mentioned.

He sprinted all the way in which below the basket simply in time to see a unfastened rebound pop to him. Pettiford then made a twisting reverse layup with 0.2 seconds left to provide No. 3 Kansas a 69-68 win in opposition to Wisconsin on Thursday in a event semifinal recreation.

Pettiford’s layup marked his solely factors of the sport, capping a thriller that noticed Wisconsin rally from 15 down early within the second half behind a powerful efficiency from Tyler Wahl.

Trailing 68-67, Kansas’ remaining play appeared caught when Jalen Wilson needed to kick out a cross to Zach Clemence past the three-level arc with about 5 seconds left. Clemence launched the lengthy 3 that banged off the basket, however Wilson saved the play alive by tipping the ball sufficient to maintain Wahl from snagging the rebound.

The ball went proper to Pettiford.

“I had type of a great angle however I imply, type of a bit of little bit of luck and ability on the identical time,” he mentioned. “So I simply type of hoped it went in.”

Pettiford landed on the ground as he watched the ball undergo the web, then prolonged his fists in entrance of him and yelled as he began to sit down up. Wisconsin’s Max Klesmit crouched down right into a squat, in disbelief.

By the time Pettiford had gotten on his ft, he had an enormous smile whereas his teammates started to hug him close to the baseline nook to rejoice. The staff left the court docket to chants of “Bobby! Bobby!” as they headed to Friday’s championship recreation.

Wilson scored 29 factors and had 14 rebounds for the reigning nationwide champion Jayhawks (6-0), and Kevin McCullar Jr. had 18 factors and 9 rebounds — and a 3 with 11.8 seconds left in regulation to power time beyond regulation.

“We had nothing going (within the second half) they usually had outplayed us completely,” coach Bill Self mentioned. “Obviously we made two performs on the finish of regulation and the top of time beyond regulation that principally gave us the win. We weren’t the most effective staff immediately.”

Wahl led the Badgers (4-1) with 23 factors and 10 rebounds. He scored 14 factors within the second half in what was at occasions a one-man comeback, together with a run of 9 straight factors along with his staff down eight within the remaining 3 1/2 minutes of regulation.

His final rating was a spinning drive in opposition to a falling Wilson for a layup and the 68-67 lead with 21 seconds left in OT.

The Badgers simply could not get a remaining cease.

“We’re not into ethical victories, however this group confirmed me lots immediately,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard mentioned. “And we additionally discovered now we have a variety of issues we are able to proceed to get higher at.”

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The identical staff that struggled to crack 40 factors — or make a shot, frankly — within the first spherical of the event in opposition to Dayton on its solution to one other unhealthy offensive exhibiting. Instead, Wahl and the Badgers confirmed resilience and climbed again in it, they stayed shot for shot with Kansas down the stretch.

“He kicked our butt,” Self mentioned of Wahl.

Kansas: The Jayhawks did not have a simple time of their Atlantis debut on Thursday, needing to battle to the ultimate minutes in opposition to North Carolina State. This time, Pettiford was in the best place on the proper time after Wilson tipped the ball from Wahl’s attain for a rebound off Zach Clemence’s missed 3-pointer. Just like that, Kansas was nonetheless unbeaten with a 17-recreation profitable streak courting to final 12 months’s run to Self’s second NCAA title.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: The Badgers will face Southern California, which misplaced to No. 22 Tennessee, in Friday’s third-place recreation.

Kansas: The Jayhawks superior to Friday’s championship recreation to face the Volunteers in a ranked-in opposition to-ranked finale.

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