Cats lose in OT to Kansas

Chase Budinger showed he could be a primetime player, but his 27 points were not enough to lead the Wildcats to an upset victory on the road against No. 4 Kansas. The Jayhawks capitalized on a number of Wildcat errors and escaped with a 76-72 overtime win.

Budigner led the Wildcats, scoring 14 of their first 26 points. He was 6-12 from behind the arc, and 10-23 overall. He ran the injured Brandon Rush all over the floor, showcasing deadly accuracy off the screen.

As well as the Wildcats played all game ling, they played poorly in the final minute of regulation and overtime.

Kansas outscored the Wildcats 11-3 in the first four minutes of bonus time. In that time the Cats allowed a pair of easy looks, threw an errant pass, and turned the ball over via a travel.

Despite that, the Cats battle back to make it a one possession game before Budinger committed a stupid foul near half court, when he misunderstood the direction from interim coach Kevin O'Neill with less than :30 to play. The foul was Budinger's fifth and it sent the Jayhawks to the line with 38.6 seconds left. Rush made one of two, but the Cats could not answer.

It was not a good final minute of regulation for the Wildcats. Budinger was called for a controversial travel. The officials deemed that the sophomore shuffled his feet before what appeared to be a foul by a Kansas defender. Another close call went the Jayhawks' way on the ensuing possession. Attempting to run a pick and roll, Nic Wise was called for a foul. Kansas hit both free throws to tie the game at 62.

Arizona had a chance to get off the final shot but was unable to get the ball to Budinger. Instead Brielmaier rushed a shot with time running down. The miss was gathered in by Rush who launched a half court shot that came oh, so close to falling.

"I love Bret, but he shouldn't be taking the last shot," said O'Neill on the postgame radio broadcast.

The Wildcats committed 25 turnovers, but outrebounded the much taller Jayhawks by six.

Darrell Arthur led the Jaywhawks with 20, while Rush added 17.

Jerryd Bayless score 19 for the Cats, he was the only other UA player in double figures.


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