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Thursday / December 1.
  • Bobby Pettiford Jr. hits wild-game winner to propel Kansas to Battle 4 Atlantis championship game

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Bobby Pettiford Jr. hadn’t scored a single point all game, but his only 2 points proved to be the game-winner.

    With defending national champion No. 3 Kansas trailing Wisconsin by 1 in the final seconds of the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals, Zach Clemence missed a 3-pointer from top of the arc. Pettiford Jr. raced in from the perimeter, jumped and alertly grabbed the rebound and hit an up-and-under putback layup with .2 seconds to win the game 69-68.

    Wisconsin’s Tyler Wahl had put the Badgers (4-1) ahead 68-67 on an isolation drive prior to Kansas’ last possession. He finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

    Jalen Wilson went for 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win, but didn’t take the shot for the potential game-winner. Kevin McCullar Jr. went for 18 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out late.

    Unbeaten No. 3 Kansas (6-0) will face No. 22 Tennessee, a 73-66 winner over USC, in the championship game. The Jayhawks are 2-0 since Bill Self returned from a school-imposed four-game suspension to start the season.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.