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."
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.