The Kansas Jayhawks better not wake up because they must be dreaming.
They just had the best day in college basketball history.
College Gameday is in the house at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Now Paul Pierce’s cousin did not make the half court shot, but besides that it was a true success. Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Rece Davis all pumped up the Phog as being the best venue in college basketball. Travis Releford and Jeff Withey got to play a gameshow with Rece Davis as well.
Next, a ton of Jayhawk alums including the Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Jeff Graves, Wayne Simien, Thomas Robinson and Xavier Henry were all there to support Mario Chalmers having his number retired at halftime as a Jayhawk legend.
The game itself was really no contest as the Jayhawks won 73-47.
The second half was much better offensively and included all the walk-ons getting in the game. Even Head Coach Bill Self’s son, Tyler, got in the game and put in pretty floater in on an ‘and 1’.
Then Ben McLemore gets the number one play in the SportsCenter Top 10, when he had a pretty 360 degree two hand slam dunk late in the second half. He told Holly Rowe of ESPN, who interviewed him and Coach Self after the game, that he deserved to be No. 1 and he got his wish.
What was even sweeter was that, the win puts Kansas back in a three way tie with the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks play the Cowboys on Wednesday and is a must win so that Kansas splits the season series. They have already swept the season series from the Wildcats.
It was truly a day to remember in Lawrence, Ks. and the good news is if the Jayhawks do wake up from their dream day, they will be in first place in the standings.
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