The Kansas Jayhawks trailed at the half against the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night and, with that tidbit of information, it might seem crazy to suggest that Bill Self’s team could suffer an epic collapse in Madison Square Garden. However, Kansas dominated the early stages of the second half, taking a ten-point lead with less than five minutes to go, before taking their collective feet off the gas in allowing Coach K and company to surge and tie the game on a Frank Jackson three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining.
Then, Frank Mason happened.
The senior guard, who scored 30 points in a season-opening loss to Indiana, took the ball and calmly pulled up for the game-winning jumper and Mason appeared to have ice in his veins. The dribble pull-up was a dagger to Duke’s comeback hopes, and when it slipped through the rim, Mason finished the evening with 21 points on 8 for 13 shooting in what was a spectacular night for his program.
It isn’t every day that two of the titans of college basketball square off in the world’s most famous arena, and that made Tuesday night exceedingly special. Still, the game between Kansas and Duke moved from entertaining to near epic with just one shot, and it came from the hand of Frank Mason.