What do you get when you combine two top 25 teams, the best player in the country, the play of the year (Eaton's one handed heave for 3 while falling out of bounds), 3 overtimes, a last second game winner and throw it all into one of the top 10 arenas in college basketball? You get the game of the year, that's what you get. This was better than Kansas and Florida in Vegas, and it's unlikely to be topped.
Kevin Durant continued his torching of the entire Big XII with 37 points and 12 rebounds, scoring from every possible spot on the court, including blocking a 3 point attempt and running out for a game tying dunk late in one of the overtimes - a play that nobody else in college basketball could have made. On the other end of the court Mario Boggan showed he is the only player in the Big XII that could possibly take the POY trophy away from Durant with 37 points of his own to go along with 20 rebounds. Boggan's final 3 points came on the game winner with 3.2 seconds left, answering Durant's bucket with 10 seconds left that by all reason should have ended the game in Texas' favor. It was just an incredible showdown.
This was college basketball at it's best, a reminder of why cold winter nights in the middle of the week can be some of the best sporting days of the year. It was also a reminder of what was missing from college basketball when guys like Kevin Durant were going straight to the pros - there hasn't been a player of his talent in the college ranks in quite some time.