Wayne Selden Jr. dazzled with a career-high 33 points in leading No. 4 Kansas to a thrilling 90-84 overtime victory over No. 20 Kentucky on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
Selden, a junior guard once recruited by UK, helped the Jayhawks (17-4) rally from an eight-point, second-half deficit to force overtime. He scored 10 of his points from the final minute of regulation to the end of overtime, including six of seven at the free-throw line.
His biggest basket of the game may have been an open 3-pointer from the right corner with UK leading by two and 48 seconds to go in regulation.
"Good player," UK coach John Calipari said, "but we just left him. Like, 'What are you thinking?' We were literally trying to play him no-catch."
Kansas made a living at the line, making 47 trips on the night as Kentucky lost the battle of attrition with its entire frontcourt -- Derek Willis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Skal Labissiere -- fouling out of the game. The Jayhawks scored 30 of their 90 points at the stripe, including 12 of their 14 overtime points. By contrast, Kentucky was 13-of-22 at the line.
The Wildcats (16-5) got another sensational showing from sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, who scored a career-high 26 points, dished out eight assists and recorded three steals while playing all 45 minutes. Jamal Murray followed with 15, while Alex Poythress (13) and Isaiah Briscoe (12) also hit double figures for UK.
Kentucky shot 53 percent to Kansas' 46 percent, but was beaten 42-31 on the boards. Senior forward Perry Ellis grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for KU.
"We didn't make enough winning plays," Calipari said.
With the win, the Jayhawks avenged a 32-point loss to UK last season in the Champions Classic and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cats, including the 2012 national championship game. Kentucky, which leads the NCAA with 2,194 all-time wins, still owns a 22-7 advantage in the all-time series against Kansas, which has now won 2,170 games.
In this AllWildcats "Rapid Recap" feature, we hit on some quick-hitters from UK's loss...
Kentucky trailed 80-78 with 2:55 remaining in overtime when Briscoe, who went 6-for-12 at the line, missed the front end of a bonus. Kansas grabbed the rebound and took a three-point advantage when Landen Lucas made one of two at the line. A turnover and a missed 3-pointer by UK's Dominique Hawkins led to three more free throws by the Jayhawks' Selden and Wayne Mason to match heir biggest lead (6) of the game. The Cats, who made only one of five free throws in overtime, would get no closer the rest of the way.
BY THE NUMBERS:
6 - Offensive rebounds for Kentucky, matching its season low.
18 - Lead changes in the game.
20 - Bench points for the Jayhawks, including seven from Brannen Greene and six from Carlton Bragg.
0-for-9 - Kentucky 3-point shooting in second half.
201-9 - Record for Kansas coach Bill Self at Allen Fieldhouse, a .957 winning percentage.
1984 - UK's last win in Lawrence, Kansas.
"Here's what you've got to look at: we fought like heck. We had our chances to win on the road, in this building, and we really should have." -- UK coach John Calipari.
Kentucky travels to Tennessee (10-11, 3-5 SEC) on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff on ESPN. The Volunteers lost 75-63 on Saturday to TCU in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.