By Jeff Goodman
LAWRENCE, Kan. - If this was it, the Border War sure went out in style.
Kansas overcame a 19-point deficit and came back to beat Missouri, 87-86, in overtime, in one of the most thrilling regular-season contests college basketball has witnessed this season.
The hype and the atmosphere for this one was off the charts. Both teams entered the game ranked in the top five in the country and there's no love lost between the two programs. Mizzou is headed to the SEC next season and there has been no shortage of speculation that these two will end the series that has spanned since 1907 and through 267 matchups.
Game No. 267 ranks up there with the best of them.
Tyshawn Taylor, who has been maligned through much of his four-year career in Lawrence, sank a pair of free throws with 8.3 seconds left in overtime to give Kansas a 87-86 lead. Missouri was unable to get a shot off on its final possession.
It was Kansas' 90th victory at Allen Fieldhouse in its last 91 games.
This wasn't just any ordinary victory for Bill Self and the Jayhawks. It was a victory against a rival -- and also extended the streak of claiming at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title to eight consecutive years. It was also revenge as Kansas blew a eight-point lead in Columbia a few weeks ago.
With the Tigers losing at home against Kansas State this past week and Saturday against KU, the Jayhawks now sit two games in front of Missouri with two regular-season games left.
Kansas will just need a win at Oklahoma State or a home win against Texas in order to win the Big 12 outright.