Frank Mason III nailed a clutch jumper with 1.8 seconds left, and Kansas beat Duke in one of the first great games of the college basketball season, 77-75.
The Jayhawks and Blue Devils squared off in the second game of tonight's Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden, and it turned into an epic finish.
With the game tied at 75 and seconds remaining on the clock, KU star guard Frank Mason III drilled a nasty step back jumper from just behind the foul line, giving Kansas a two-point lead with under two seconds left, a shot that proved to be the game winner.
Mason led the Jayhawks with 21 points, exploding in the second half to give the Jayhawks their first win of the year over the nation's top ranked team. Kansas lost an excellent game earlier in the season to Indiana, 103-99.
To be fair to Duke, it was without three of the nation's top freshmen in this one, five-star recruits Marques Bolden, Harry Giles, and Jayson Tatum. Guard Grayson Allen also left the game just before the half with an injury. He returned for the second half, but had a very inefficient performance, hitting just 4-of-15 shots and putting up 12 points. Duke is now 2-1 on the year.
College basketball is back, and based on tonight's game, it is going to be a fun year.