Saturday’s box score
Colorado 75, No. 6 Kansas 72
Percentages: FG .529, FT .650. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Tharpe 2-4, Selden, Jr. 1-3, Wiggins 1-3, Mason 1-5, White III 0-1, Greene 0-1, Frankamp 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 5 (Traylor 3, Embiid, Wiggins). Turnovers: 14 (Embiid 4, Mason 2, Wiggins 2, Frankamp, Selden, Jr., Traylor, Ellis). Steals: 3 (Embiid 3). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .411, FT .595. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Booker 3-6, Johnson 1-2, Fletcher 1-2, Hopkins 1-3, Dinwiddie 1-5, Thomas 0-2, Talton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 1 (Dinwiddie). Turnovers: 8 (Hopkins 2, Dinwiddie, Thomas, Booker, Johnson). Steals: 7 (Johnson 3, King, Hopkins, Booker, Fletcher). Technical Fouls: None.
A—11,113. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Larry Spaulding, Darron George.
In the end, it didn’t really matter. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins missed a free throw that would have tied the game 71-71 and given the ball back to Colorado for one final shot with 12 seconds left.
But Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a free throw on the other end, allowing the Jayhawks to tie the game 72-72 before Askia Booker’s game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
Still, Wiggins, who had drawn a foul while attempting a three-pointer with KU trailing 71-68, was upset that he made just two of three.
“I was confident I’d make them all,” Wiggins said. “Unfortunately, I missed one.”
While Kansas coach Bill Self is generally loathe to use a zone defense, he did employ one for a few possessions during the second half. He didn’t give it rave reviews.
“Bad, bad,” Self said. “What it did, though, was made them slow down. It served its purpose. I didn’t think it was great by any stretch.”
• Kansas had won 19 straight games against Colorado, a former Big 12 foe, and Self was a perfect 18-0 against the Buffaloes.
• KU freshman center Joel Embiid had 10 points at halftime while dominating a smaller Colorado lineup, but he went scoreless in the second half while battling foul trouble. He ended up fouling out while attempting just one shot in the second half.