With 10 seconds left, Kansas intercepted the ball and got ahead by 9. North Carolina State didn’t foul.
Somehow Kansas didn’t cover the 8.5 pips spread.
Kansas was BetMGM’s favorite with 8 or 8.5 points depending on when you bet on it. For most of the game, the state of North Carolina kept close in Battle 4 Atlantis. KU’s defense then weakened, the Jayhawks continued to score, the Wolf Pack conceded several free throws, and the Jayhawks took an 80–71 lead in the closing moments.
Players who had less than 153.5 also fared well when the total number of seats was 151.
There was one more possession left to sweat. Or so the players thought. For NC State, it was in the last 20 seconds after Kansas missed a free throw – remember that one, those KU players who had -8 – and charged the top zone in one final (so we thought) throw.
NC State missed the rim and Kevin McCallar of the Jayhawks grabbed him. North Carolina State bothered McCallar, but it didn’t look like they were going to foul. But McCallar felt the pressure and gave a pass to the bottom. Oh oh Casey Morsell of North Carolina passed. Oh no. And yes, shortly before the signal, he hit a three-pointer. After that, NC State didn’t foul and the game was over.
Kansas 80, NC State 74. KU tickets torn up. Under the tickets tore.
When Morsell presses 3, you you could hear the reaction of the crowdand it was mostly a disgruntled reaction. We all know why.
You could argue that the Kansas players didn’t deserve to win anyway, because North Carolina State covered almost the entire game. But anyone who bets on the Jayhawks will remember the final seconds.