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Watch Kansas and Texas Tech star in the worst 25 seconds of this college basketball season

Kansas guard Brannen Greene (left) gets the ball knocked away by Texas Tech guard Toddrick Gotcher during Saturday’s Big 12 basketball game in Lubbock.
Kansas guard Brannen Greene (left) gets the ball knocked away by Texas Tech guard Toddrick Gotcher during Saturday’s Big 12 basketball game in Lubbock. AP

After Saturday’s 69-59 victory at Texas Tech, the Kansas Jayhawks have claimed 13 straight victories, are perfect in the Big 12, and ranked No. 1 in the country

That doesn’t mean they are incapable of participating in some atrocious basketball. Case in point: The first half on Saturday night, which featured what may have been the worst 25 seconds of college basketball in all of human existence.

Thankfully, the stretch was preserved by Twitter user @LeFreak97, who posted the video:

So what happened? Let’s break this down.

The high jinks begin midway through the first half, with a turnover from Kansas’ Jamari Traylor, who was trying to reverse the ball to Svi Mykhailiuk. Texas Tech’s Toddrick Gotcher records the steal, drives the length of the court and then misses the rim entirely on his layup attempt. We’re only beginning.

Devonte’ Graham fires a quick outlet to Mykhailiuk, who suddenly has a two-on-one fast break. This is not a good development. Mykhailiuk takes one dribble and flips an alley-oop to freshman big man Carlton Bragg, who proceeds to blow the two-handed dunk and fall on his back.

Not to be outdone, Texas Tech matches the blown alley-oop on their next trip down the court, and Wayne Selden keeps the stretch going with a turnover on an outlet pass.

But the best moment of the sequence comes at the end. No doubt gassed by the furious up-and-down action, a Texas Tech guard holds the basketball near midcourt and attempts to let things calm down. Out of the corner of his eye, he appears to see a figure and starts to pass the ball to the wing. The figure turns out to be an official, and the ball sadly goes out of bounds.

The play improved in the second half, and KU’s Frank Mason finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, closing out a 10-point victory.

Rustin Dodd: 816-234-4937, @rustindodd

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