Bobby Pettiford beats buzzer, KU basketball survives Wisconsin in overtime


Kansas men’s basketball, which has won 17 consecutive games since the 2021-22 NCAA title campaign, will play for another championship – in Battle 4 Atlantis – on Friday.

Bobby Pettiford hit an incredible offensive rebound to score a basket to beat the overtime signal as the Jayhawks (6-0) followed up their first-round victory over North Carolina State with a 69-68 overtime win over Wisconsin on Thursday in the Imperial Ballroom. resort of Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Zach Clemens missed a three on the last KUOT possession when the KU lost one and four seconds to play. The ball missed, but was passed from Jalen Wilson to Pettiford, who made a short reverse stop and scored an incredible victory.

Wilson scored 29 points and Kevin McCallar added 18 points for KU. McCallar hit a treble to force overtime with 12 seconds left in regulation.

The Jayhawks survived a game in which they led by as much as 15 points in the second half, only to see Wisconsin equalize about 8 minutes before the game.

Grady Dick hit three three-pointers for KU, who reached the title game in his second appearance at the tournament. In 2013, KU lost in the semi-finals of the tournament to Villanova.

Tyler Wahl scored 23 points for Wisconsin (4-1), who beat Dayton in the first round. Wisconsin won this tournament in 2014 and finished second in 2018.

KU has a record of 29-7 in season tournaments with 10 tournament titles in the 20 year Bill Self era. KU has won six season tournaments in a row from 2014 to 2019.

Kansas, who started the game 2 of 16 from the field, went 8-1 ahead to open the scoring 20-12 at 7:37. In that run, McCallar dunked, Wilson made three, McCallar added three, and Adams hit the inside bucket. McCallar took some time to warm up as he opened the game 0-for-5 shots and 0-for-4-for-three.

By halftime, the Jayhawks had landed just 12 of 32 shots (37.5%) but had a 33–20 lead.

In the half, Wilson scored 10 points on six rebounds and Dick scored nine points on 3-of-7 three-pointers. McCallar made 4 of 10 shots (1 of 5 triples), scored 10 points and four rebounds.

Wisconsin hit 8 of 26 shots in the first half, which is 30.8%. The Badgers were 2 out of 8 out of 3 and the KU was 6 out of 17. Max Clesmith led with six points.

Dick hit the treble with 8.9 seconds left in the first half. Wisconsin scored the bucket at the signal of a buzzer, which was erased from the scoreboard after further review. Thus, KU led by 13 points to the break.

KU led by 15 points, 41-26 with 15:41 left.

However, Wisconsin went on a 12–2 streak and closed the gap to five points (43–38) with 11:52 left in the game. KU made five turnovers in this run. The score went to 22-7 with Clesmith equalizing to three at 8:18.

Carter Gilmour made a wide open layup at 6:48 and Wisconsin took a 52-50 lead, resulting in a timeout for Bill Self.

KU rallied when they lost 52-50. The Jayhawks were leading 10-0 to take a 60-52 lead at 3:38. Wilson and McCallar scored all the points in this segment.

Wisconsin didn’t give up, rallying to grab a 61-60 lead on Bucket Val at 0:49. Yes, KU missed an eight-point lead at 3:38. Val scored nine times in a row.

Lost 63-60, KU equalized McCallar with a treble. Clemens missed an open look around the corner, but got rebounded and passed to McCallar, who made a triple. Wisconsin failed to score due to a last-second shot by Hepburn and the game went into overtime.