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Colorado defeats No. 6 KU at buzzer

Published December 7, 2013 8:16 pm

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Boulder, Colo. • Maybe Askia Booker walked. Maybe he didn't.

At Kansas, the debate about a last-second loss to Colorado in December will be long forgotten by March.

Then again, if the Jayhawks don't pick things up a bit, they may not be playing too long in March.

"We're not playing very good," Kansas coach Bill Self said after the sixth-ranked Jayhawks fell 75-72 to Colorado thanks to Booker's 30-foot game-winner at the buzzer.

"We're not playing good at all. The pieces just aren't quite fitting yet and we're trying to find ourselves."

Instead, it's the Buffs (9-1) who are finding themselves — winners of nine straight — while Kansas (6-2) is looking for answers following its second loss in the past eight days and its first to Colorado since 2003.

"I'm concerned because we're not playing very good," Self said. "I'm not concerned because I know it's a marathon, not a sprint."

Kansas overcame a deficit of nine midway through the second half, then another six-point deficit over the final 1:44 — a comeback capped when Perry Ellis hit a shot to tie it at 72 with 4 seconds left.

But after a timeout, Buffs forward Xavier Johnson squeezed an inbounds to Booker, who dribbled to center court, took two long steps and launched the shot from 30 feet. Nothing but net. —

Saturday's scores

• No. 2 Arizona 63, UNLV 58

• No. 4 Syracuse 93, Binghamton 65

• No. 5 Ohio State 74, CCSU 56

• Colorado 75, No. 6 Kansas 72

• No. 7 Louisville 113, Louisiana-Lafayette 74

• No. 8 Wisconsin 70, Marquette 64

• No. 11 Wichita State 71, Oral Roberts 58

• No. 14 Villanova 98, Saint Joseph's 68

• No. 16 Memphis 96, Northwestern 76

• No. 17 Iowa State 91, Northern Iowa 82

• Missouri 80, No. 18 UCLA 71

• No. 19 Gonzaga vs. New Mexico State, late

• No. 21 UMass 105, BYU 96

• No. 22 Michigan 107, Houston Baptist 53

• No. 23 Iowa vs. Drake, late

• Illinois State 81, No. 25 Dayton 75