Arizona State Beats No. 1 Kansas a Year After Beating No. 2 Kansas

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Rob Edwards scored 15 factors and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, setting off a wild celebration within the desert as No. 18 Arizona State knocked off No. 1 Kansas, 80-76, on Saturday evening.

The second No. 1 staff to play in Tempe drew a star-studded crowd, with Michael Phelps, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Eddie Home and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey among the many third-largest crowd (14,592) in college historical past.

Arizona State (9-2) struggled hitting pictures across the rim and had bother stopping the Kansas preseason All-American Dedric Lawson whereas falling behind by 9.

As Arizona State did whereas beating Kansas a 12 months in the past, the Solar Devils rallied late, utilizing a 10-Zero run to go forward, 76-74, with 90 seconds left.

Kansas tied it on two free throws, then Arizona State’s Remy Martin hit a pull-up jumper with 58 seconds left. The Jayhawks (10-1) fumbled the ball away for a backcourt violation on the subsequent possession, and Edwards hit the 2 sealing free throws for Arizona State’s second win over a No. 1 staff. The victory set off a raucous celebration at Wells Fargo Enviornment as college students poured out of the stands onto the court docket.

The Jayhawks, enjoying their fourth straight recreation with out the large man Udoka Azubuike, who has an ankle harm, failed of their first true highway take a look at by not making sufficient performs down the stretch. Lawson led Kansas with 30 factors and 14 rebounds.

Arizona State pulled off the upset in Lawrence final season, knocking off the No. 2 Jayhawks, 95-85. throughout an undefeated nonconference schedule that led the Solar Devils into the N.C.A.A. match for the primary time since 2014. The Solar Devils entered the rematch with two losses in three video games, to No. 6 Nevada and at Vanderbilt.

The Jayhawks moved to No. 1 two weeks in the past, although have struggled at instances to stay undefeated since Azubuike sprained his ankle towards Wofford on Dec. four.

Kansas scraped previous New Mexico State and No. 17 Villanova by three every at residence, however beat South Dakota by 36 earlier than heading to the desert.

Even with Azubuike out, the Jayhawks dominated Arizona State inside, which opened up the perimeter.

Lawson, a switch from Memphis, was the point of interest, repeatedly gaining good place down low and throwing in a layup on a nifty spin transfer. He had 18 factors on Eight-of-10 taking pictures by halftime.

Arizona State struggled offensively however held Kansas scoreless over the ultimate Three:42 to path by solely 39-31 at halftime.

The Solar Devils tried to make runs within the second half however saved lacking pictures on the rim and the Jayhawks saved answering with baskets.

Arizona State began double teaming Lawson within the second half and pulled to 67-65 on Rob Edwards’s second straight Three-pointer to start out its decisive rally.

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