LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Different season, different result.
Keith Langford hit a turnaround jumper from the left wing with 3.3 seconds left in overtime as second-ranked Kansas rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half to post a 70-68 victory over No. 9 Georgia Tech.
Kansas (9-0), which did not lead in regulation, exacted a measure of revenge for an overtime loss to Georgia Tech in last season's East Region final, the Jayhawks' last defeat.
"He (Langford) was supposed to get the ball at the end of the game," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I could have called a timeout, but I thought our team should just go play. We got out of his (Langford's) way in overtime and we made a play."
"Kansas toughed it out and got the win," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "They made some pretty tough shots."
Playing without leading scorer Wayne Simeon, who is sidelined with a thumb injury, Kansas matched its best start since the 1996-97 season, when the Jayhawks opened 22-0.
"It was an unbelievable game," Self added. "It was a great atmosphere in the field house."
After Langford's shot, Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack stepped out of bounds near midcourt after catching the in-bounds pass.
Freshman Alex Galindo missed a pair from the line for Kansas with two seconds left, but Isma'il Muhammad's desperation 3-pointer fell well short at the buzzer.
Langford scored 18 points and J.R. Giddens added 16 for the Jayhawks, who overcame 39 percent shooting (27-of-69). Aaron Miles added 14.
Kansas gained its first lead of the game, 66-65, on Giddens' layup with 1:43 remaining in overtime, one of three lead changes in the final two minutes.
Trailing 68-67, Georgia Tech (9-2) had a chance to regain the lead with 27 seconds left, but Muhammad converted only 1-of-2 from the foul line.
Kansas also overcame a spectacular effort from Jack, who scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting. However, Jack only scored two points in the final five minutes of regulation and was shut out in overtime. His 3-pointer had given Georgia Tech a 57-51 lead with 5:34 left in the second half.
"He (Jack) was tough to defend, but we made the adjustments late in the second half," Langford said. "Toward the end, I just tried to stay in front of him as much as I could."
The Jayhawks came out flat as the Yellow Jackets opened early leads of 18-4 and 27-11. Kansas regrouped, closing within 34-27 at the intermission.
"Kansas is probably the grittiest team we will play all year," Jack said. "They didn't put their head down when we jumped on them early."
Georgia Tech increased its lead to 40-29 on Jack's jumper with 17:45 remaining. Kansas answered with an 18-8 spurt, closing to 48-47 on Langford's jumper with 8:50 left.
Kansas tied the game, 61-61, on Langford's 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining, the final points in the second half. The Jayhawks had a chance to win in regulation, but Langford missed a jumper in the final seconds.