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February 11, 2013

College basketball gets crazier by the week

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Michigan was leading Wisconsin 60-57 on Saturday when Ben Brust got a perfect inbound pass from Mike Bruesewitz, took one dribble across halfcourt and connected for the tying 3-pointer as time expired in regulation. Brust added another big 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Badgers to a 65-62 victory.

"It was awesome, something I'll remember forever, and I'm sure a lot of people will," Brust said.

The Wolverines will need to forget this one in a hurry. They face rival Michigan State in East Lansing on Tuesday night.

Fifth-ranked Kansas also is looking at a quick turnaround after a 72-66 loss at Oklahoma on Saturday made it a three-game slide for the storied program for the first time in eight years. The Jayhawks host No. 13 Kansas State on Monday.

"It hasn't been a good week for us by any stretch, but let's be real," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We were ranked No. 2 in the country seven days ago, and you don't go from being a good team to a bad team overnight.

"We've had a couple of bad outings, but we're still a good team."

It turns out the losses by the Wolverines and Jayhawks were just a precursor to a five-overtime thriller at Notre Dame, where the No. 25 Fighting Irish erased an eight-point deficit in the final 51 seconds of regulation and went on to a 104-101 victory over the 11th-ranked Cardinals.

"Unbelievable," Irish coach Mike Brey said. "I'm really proud of my team because many times we were down in the overtimes and kept fighting back. Everybody was part of it tonight. It's one of those magical nights."

It was the longest regular-season game in the history of the Big East. The previous record was a four-overtime game that happened 11 years ago to the day and also involved Notre Dame. The Irish beat Georgetown 116-11 in 4 OTs on Feb. 9, 2002.

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