NCAAB Game Recap - Kansas at Villanova
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Kansas
55
Vill
56
F
E WA
77
Gonz
112
F
OhSt
71
KY
65
F
TXSo
78
Oreg
84
F
JackSt
49
Mem
77
F
Leh
51
Aub
74
F
Colora
78
Dayt
76
F(OT)
Presb
44
Mich
86
F
E MI
48
MSU
101
F
Ariz
67
StJon
70
F
Butl
70
Purd
61
F
SoFL
60
FlaSt
66
F
SDSU
80
Utah
52
F
JacSt
53
Tenn
75
F
TexPA
58
TxTch
68
F
WVU
75
YSU
64
F
FaDi
58
LaSal
66
F
Ind
62
ND
60
F
VACom
63
WichSt
73
F
NCAT
64
Wake
76
F
Harv
88
GrgWas
75
F
Samf
71
GTown
99
F
Bry
64
Dart
60
F
(N/A)
74
USC-Up
92
F
Ida
57
SDSt
85
F
Mont
82
NebOm
87
F(OT)
Ill
56
Mizzu
63
F
(N/A)
59
Campbl
82
F
Tul
82
Tows
86
F(OT)
Boston
74
UMassL
62
F
Rider
66
Temp
78
F
(N/A)
57
Penn
105
F
MorSt
76
Ohio
82
F
TxSt
69
GASt
81
F
TexAr
74
GaSo
77
F
Maris
56
BethC
85
F
Quin
69
BGSU
64
F
Elon
80
Winth
85
F
Army
62
Wagn
82
F
UCF
52
Okla
53
F
Drake
85
AF
80
F
TXAMC
67
CenAR
71
F
(N/A)
71
TNSt
86
F
MOSt
72
Oral
82
F
WIGB
85
NIU
84
F
SeLA
76
Miss
83
F
BelAb
66
HiPt
92
F
WriSt
79
Toled
72
F
W Ky
82
URI
86
F(OT)
Tex
48
Prov
70
F
Fairf
61
Oakl
59
F(OT)
Chat
68
UNCA
64
F
Albany
70
Monm
72
F
Brad
55
MiaO
71
F
Copp
60
Mia-FL
91
F
(N/A)
45
LoyMD
72
F
Niag
72
Buff
92
F
Stony
77
Amer
74
F
ColSt
111
Tuls
104
F(3OT)
APSU
77
Duques
86
F
UtSt
65
Fla
62
F
USD
59
Stan
62
F
UCLA
64
UNC
74
F
RobM
69
UNLV
81
F
Wyo
72
Denv
66
F(OT)
App
70
Troy
65
F
Toug
77
SoMis
96
F
NOrl
79
SamH
87
F
ArkSt
62
ULMo
59
F
StBon
66
MidTN
65
F
SIU-E
55
Detr
81
F
Belm
72
Alab
92
F
Akr
67
Lib
80
F
NoAZ
73
Pepp
75
F
IlSt
70
TexSA
89
F
SEMO
45
SIU
64
F
CoCar
81
SthAL
69
F
Lamar
61
NWSt
67
F
SFA
81
McNee
73
F
VMI
55
VaTec
64
F
UMBC
53
GMas
69
F
Clev
55
ETSU
80
F
SCSt
61
Charl
73
F
Drex
53
Norf
49
F
S NO
47
LaTec
87
F
UCDav
84
USF
93
F
WIMil
64
Wisc
83
F
UAB
71
AlSt
63
F
WCU
89
TNTec
76
F
BC
64
Cal
60
F
Minn
86
OkSt
66
F
ArkPB
53
N TX
86
F
N DA
75
Nebras
74
F
NFla
70
Syr
82
F
Buck
71
Sien
81
F
(N/A)
62
FlGlf
84
F
Murr
76
Evans
78
F(OT)
InWor
59
WaSt
87
F
UtVal
65
LongB
68
F
StLou
66
KansSt
63
F
NoKY
50
UNCG
67
F
Hamp
64
Kent
103
F
ChaSo
76
E KY
69
F
UNCW
73
Vand
88
F
E IL
63
GrCan
85
F
ArkLR
69
ULLa
66
F
Nich
61
AbCh
79
F
Valpa
60
Ark
51
F
NW
78
DeP
83
F
Crei
67
AzSt
60
F
OrSt
49
TexAM
64
F
LSU
68
USC
70
F
Web
61
BYU
91
F
Cin
70
Iowa
77
F
FlaAM
71
Seatt
57
F
CSBak
72
CAPoly
50
F
IdaSt
66
Pacif
77
F
StMar
68
Nev
63
F

Villanova 56, Kansas 55

Dec 21, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(1) Kansas (9-2)

23

32

55

(18) Villanova (9-2)

23

33

56

No. 1 KU falls to No. 18 Villanova on Samuels' 3-pointer
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:09 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jermaine Samuels spotted up, let the ball fly and -- bang -- the 3-pointer swished, and some 20,000 delirious Villanova fans shook the arena. With time running out, the game on the line, Samuels was fearless.

"I just shot it unconsciously," he said.

He did, and one more No. 1 got KO'd.

Kansas became the latest top-ranked team to fall in the wildest of basketball seasons, another week where it's no fun at No. 1.

Samuels hit the winner with 20.5 seconds left to lead No. 18 Villanova to a 56-55 victory on Saturday , and the Wildcats became the only team to beat KU twice at No. 1 under coach Bill Self.

"The reason why No. 1 lost today is because they played a team that's really good in their building," Self said. "I don't think it had anything to do with what anybody is ranked."

Tell that to those who believe something is in the air at the top of the poll.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center and former Jayhawk Joel Embiid looked forlorn as he walked past the Nova cheerleaders. He popped in the KU locker room and told the team, "keep trying."

"Profound words of wisdom," Self cracked.

At this pace, the Big 12 Jayhawks (9-2) may get another run at No. 1. Kansas had moved up one spot to become the fifth team to top the poll this season. It is the first time the AP poll has had five different No. 1s before New Year's Day; the record for an entire season is seven, set in 1982-83.

Get ready for a sixth when the Top 25 is released Monday.

"It's just one of those years," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "There just isn't one team that's dominant."

Unlike Duke and Louisville, which lost to unranked teams, KU lost to a traditional national power that has had its number in recent seasons. The Wildcats (9-2) finally nudged ahead in a back-and-forth game in the final minute.

Samuels hit the 3 to make it 56-55, the big one in an otherwise awful 10 of a school-record 41 3 attempts for the Wildcats.

"I knew it was a good time to catch-and-shoot. If they're going to give us 3s, we'll take them when we can," Samuels said.

It got tense for Villanova, though. Collin Gillespie was whistled for a foul and KU's Devon Dotson missed his game-tying free throw.

The Wildcats threw the ball away with 11.2 seconds left that gave KU possession and would yield two looks at the basket.

"Give me a lob!" one KU fan screamed on the final play.

Not quite. Dotson missed a contested layup on the final shot as the clock expired and Kansas' nine-game winning streak ended.

"We were just trying to get Dot with his right hand going downhill," Self said.

Samuels scored 15 points and Gillespie had 12 for Villanova.

Dotson led KU with 15 points and Udoka Azubuike had 12 points and 11 rebounds. KU also was No. 1 when it lost to Villanova in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

"I think that our team benefited from playing this game," Self said.

The game was full of long scoring lulls followed by rapid-fire baskets, but each team at last got rolling over the final eight minutes. Samuels sank a 3 as the shot clock expired for a 46-44 lead and Gillespie made it 51-49 on a 3 that came on the third shot of the possession.

The crowd at Wells Fargo Center was treated to riveting second half between two schools that know how to win big games.

The first half, however, was a dud. Villanova shot 29 percent and KU 37 percent, but the paltry percentages were due more to two teams missing open looks than any sort of defensive struggle.

The Wildcats made it a game with their one surge that had a packed house roaring. Cole Swider hit a 3, Cole Swider scored a fastbreak layup off a turnover and Justin Moore buried a 3, an 8-0 run that gave the Wildcats a one-point lead.

But from there - as is said in Philly college basketball - it was "bad hoops." And this fit the definition, missed 3s, missed layups -- and so many missed opportunities for either team to pull away.

KU-Villanova has turned into one of the better nonconference rivalries since the turn of the century. Kansas beat Villanova in 2008 in the NCAA Tournament on the way to the national title; Nova got the Jayhawks back in 2016 and 2018 with tourney wins on its road to two national championships. Villanova's 83-62 win over No. 2 and undefeated Kansas in 2005 was a defining victory for a program still trying to find a path to prominence. The Wildcats would make the first of their 14 NCAA Tournament appearances under Wright.

"You learn lessons from playing the best teams," Wright said.

They've certainly been schooled on how to beat KU.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The Jayhawks lost starting guard Marcus Garrett (9.4 points) to an ankle injury with 5:14 left in the first half. Self didn't expect Garrett to miss any time.

Villanova: The Wildcats improved to 7-16 vs. AP No. 1 teams and their first win in the regular season since they beat UConn in 2006. The Wildcats improved to 24-1 in their last 25 games at the Wells Fargo Center and have won 10 straight overall at the home of the 76ers.

HE SAID IT

"Jay's very hopeful he plays in a lot more big games than this, and I'm very hopeful of the same thing. This would be a great game to win, obviously, for seeding purposes." - Self.

UP NEXT

Kansas plays Dec. 29 at Stanford.

Villanova opens Big East play against Xavier on Dec. 30 at the Pavilion.

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Leaders

Kansas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. De Sousa 0 0 0 0 0 1
I. Moss 0 0 0 0 0 0
Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Cosby-Roundtree 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Samuels 15 0 1 5 1 0

Team Comparison

Kansas Vill
Points For 55 56
Field Goals 24/55-44% 22/63-35%
Three Pointers 3/13-23% 10/41-24%
Free Throws 4/10-40% 2/2-100%
Offensive Rebounds 10 10
Defensive Rebounds 31 26
Rebounds 48 43
Blocks 5 0
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 12 9
Personal Fouls 12 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Vill Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 21 Kansas 55 @ Vill 56 M. Garrett 2

Game Information

Stadium: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,706
Game Time: