Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Hield Provides Another Performance KU Withstands at Home

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Hield Provides Another Performance KU Withstands at Home

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LAWRENCE -- The classy reverence resounded from Buddy Hield's voice.

A victory that had eluded the senior throughout his basketball career, in a building he admired, was within his grasp Monday.

As he reflected on the outcome, the Oklahoma standout did not have to shout like the 16,300 who willed Kansas to a 109-106 victory against Hield and the Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse.

Nor did Hield break into applause in the press room, just like those same fans who gave Hield a respectful ovation after he tied a record for an opposing player by scoring 46 points in the building, which has been home to KU basketball for 60-plus years.

"I just hate losing, man," said Hield, who added seven assists and eight rebounds. "It doesn't matter how I do, I still believe I could've done better. I hate the fact that we came out with the loss. This is my last time playing in this building and it just sucks going out of here 0-4."

Not that Hield is alone among OU players. The Sooners last won in Allen Fieldhouse in 1993.

This was as good of time as any for an upset, as categorized by oddsmakers who made the Jayhawks a seven-point favorite.

Both teams came in ranked No.1, depending on your poll of preference. Both teams played like it, too.

In the end, however, Kansas held off yet another Big 12 rival at home in spite of a Herculean performance by the visitor's top standout.

It has happened before under Bill Self.

The KU coach mentioned Kevin Durant's gutsy game in which he scored easily for Texas before turning an ankle, having it wrapped, re-entering without the same hop and yet coming close to victory.

Michael Beasley had an incredible performance, too, as a freshman, but Kansas State was outmanned by the Jayhawks' depth and lost despite 39 points from its one-year wonder.

Others also have sparkled over the years, including Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, the last time a conference opponent won in Allen Fieldhouse, in 2013. Since then, the Jayhawks have run their homecourt conference string to 25 games. In his 13th season as KU's coach, Self has still lost just five league games at home. …

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