Although it ended up being a close game, it appeared for awhile that Wichita State would run away with the game. The Shockers held a 13-point halftime lead and led by 20 at the 11-minute mark, but for the second day in a row a Big Ten team came roaring back against a team from Kansas. The story ended differently this time though, as freshman point guard Fred Van Vleet sunk a clutch jumper with one minute left to extend the lead to six, followed by two free-throws from Ron Baker to ice the game.
Malcolm Armstead had an impressive performance, leading the Shockers with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Cleanthony Early and Van Vleet each had 12 points, while Tekele Cotton chipped in 10. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 23 points, while LaQuinton Ross had 19.