It’s not often when you can score only one field goal in two overtime periods and still come out a winner, but thanks to a clutch shot with 18 seconds to play in double overtime by Naadir Tharpe, the Kansas Jayhawks can say just that, as they survived with a 68-67 road win, Wednesday night at Oklahoma State.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- After he'd missed time and time again all night long, for some reason Naadir Tharpe's final attempt just felt right when it left his hand.
And what a shot it was for No. 9 Kansas.
Tharpe connected on a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting the Jayhawks over No. 14 Oklahoma State 68-67 on Wednesday night...
No, no, Naadir.
No, no, no, no, no, no ...YES! YESSSS! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!
That, more or less, is what went through the minds of most Jayhawks fans with about 16 seconds left in the second overtime of Kansas-Oklahoma State, Part II. Minus the obscenities, of course.Sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe, who'd missednineof his first10 shots, sank a short, go-aheadjumper...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The keys to the Kansas offense are being slowly handed to a sophomore point guard who hardly played last season, and whose performance this year has swung between maddening and marvelous.
Sometimes all in the span of a week.
Naadir Tharpe has gone from the also-ran bench guy playing garbage minutes to the guy getting the ball in the hands of Ben McLemore and...
LAWRENCE, Kan. As they dressed up, he was busy dressing them down. The kid looked them in the eye his teammates, his brothers and scolded them. Of all the tricks Naadir Tharpe pulled out of his hat Monday night, that last one in the Kansas locker room might've been the most impressive of all.
"You know, everybody was real excited; everybody was excited, jumping around...
Okay, so maybe the first 20 minutes of Kansas freshman point guard Naadir Tharpe's college career weren't the most auspicious. He did turn the ball over seven times. Every minute since, however, has been cool, efficient and - dare we say it - sharp, including the 19 points, seven assists and five steals he registered in Tuesday night's exhibition finale.
Will Thomas Robinson play versus the Gorillas? How will point guard Naadir Tharpe respond to not just his first collegiate action, but his first start? And is Jeff Withey ready to step up? Phog.net takes a look at five storylines to follow as the Kansas Jayhawks open the exhibition portion of the 2011 season with a Tuesday night tilt with Pittsburg State.