NEW YORK (AP) — It didn’t take very long for the top team in the AP’s preseason men’s basketball poll to absorb its first loss of the season, but it was a great effort against the seventh-ranked team.
Kansas coughed up a 12-point lead in the second half before Frank Mason II nailed a short jumper with 1.3 seconds left to give the Jayhawks a 77-75 victory over Duke.
The Blue Devils pulled even on Frank Jackson’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, but the Jayhawks prevailed on the last of Mason’s 21 points.
Freshman Josh Jackson added 15 and Devonte’ Graham had 13 to help Kansas beat a top-ranked team for the eighth time.
Luke Kennard led five Duke players in double figures with 22. Preseason All-American Grayson Allen added 12 points on just 4-for-15 shooting.