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Kansas' Brady Morningstar perfects the three-point alley-oop

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

How fitting that Las Vegas was the site of the luckiest play of the college basketball season thus far.

In the opening minutes of Kansas' 98-41 thrashing of Ohio on Friday night in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational, guard Brady Morningstar tried to lob a pass to teammate Marcus Morris for an alley-oop slam. The pass was so far off the mark that it fell through the hoop for a three-pointer, perhaps a sign Morningstar should have gone straight to the black jack tables or the roulette wheel after the game.

"It was so wide-open I wanted to throw it to him quick as I could," Morningstar told the Lawrence Journal. "I kind of threw it too close to the rim, and it went in."

Kansas didn't need any lucky shots to defeat Arizona in the title game of the Las Vegas invitational on Saturday night, though the Jayhawks did benefit from some more good fortune down the stretch.

Arizona had rallied from a 16-point first half deficit and appeared capable of springing the upset when star Derrick Williams made a poor decision fouling Marcus Morris on a put-back with two minutes remaining and the Wildcats trailing by three. The absence of Williams rendered Arizona's offensive rudderless and enabled Kansas to easily close out an exciting 87-79 victory.

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