Throughout the 2011–2012 college basketball season, Kansas made a living of playing from behind yet winning their games. Thus it was fitting that the Jayhawks defeated Ohio State, 64–62, in the Final Four despite only leading for 3 minutes, 48 seconds.
Kansas’ comeback from a 13-point deficit wasn’t complete until some confusion on its opponent’s part. With the Buckeyes trailing 64–61, OSU point guard Aaron Craft went to the line for a one-and-one with 2.9 seconds remaining.
After hitting his first shot, Craft tried firing a quick shot directly off the rim and back to him for an attempted game-tying shot. But Craft was whistled for a lane violation for leaving the free throw line too soon, giving possession back to Kansas. The Jayhawks then inbounded the ball uncontested, running out the clock and advancing to the national title game, where they would lose to top-ranked Kentucky.
Ohio State, currently ranked seventh, has a chance at redemption this Saturday when they host No. 9 Kansas in Columbus.