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Kansas defeats Texas Tech, 64-63

  • 7 p.m., Feb. 18, 2014
  • United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX

FINAL: Kansas 64, Texas Tech 63

By Benton Smith --- basmith@ljworld.com --- 

Joel Embiid scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and inadvertently set up Andrew Wiggins' game-winner in the closing seconds as Kansas escaped Texas Tech with a 64-63 road victory.

Down a point at Lubbock, Texas, with 12.8 seconds to play, the No. 8 Jayhawks (20-6 overall, 11-2 Big 12) came out of a timeout in need of a basket to win.

Naadir Tharpe swung the ball to Perry Ellis, who dumped it inside to Embiid, on the right block. When the 7-foot freshman center, who missed KU's game on Saturday with an ailing back and knee, turned toward the basket the ball escaped his hands.

Wiggins found the ball and secured it before the Red Raiders (13-13, 5-8) could capitalize, and the freshman guard scored with a short, floating shot in the paint, that bounced off the rim for dramatic effect before falling through to give KU the win.

Wiggins finished with 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting and six rebounds.

It was the second time in the final minute one freshman superstar saved the other. Wiggins missed a dunk with just more than 30 seconds to play, and Embiid grabbed the offensive rebound to finish with a slam.

That gave Kansas a temporary 62-61 lead before Embiid fouled Robert Turner and the Red Raiders junior guard hit both ends of a one-and-one with 16 seconds left, setting up the Jayhawks' final possession.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Selden knocked in a 3-pointer with 2:35 to play. The freshman guard had made just 1 of his first 7 shots before his crunch-time bomb cut Tech's lead to 59-58. From that point on, a young KU team that hadn't handled a hostile United Spirit Arena or a slower Tech pace too well, realized it could still win the game.

• Offensive highlight: Other than the last two baskets, which were pretty remarkable in their own right, there were a few strong candidates in this one, despite a slow pace driven by Texas Tech's style. Tharpe dribbled past an open Selden, then the junior point guard bounced a pass between his own legs, behind him, to Selden for a 3-pointer that put Kansas ahead, 14-5, just more than five minutes into the game. But that play later got overshadowed by — what else? — Wiggins' athleticism. The spring-loaded freshman flew to the rim on a missed 3-pointer by Tharpe and slammed it home with a two-handed follow that grew the KU lead to 19-12 with more than 11 minutes left in the first half. In the second half, Embiid threw a cross-court skip pass to Wiggins on the left wing, and he took it all the way to the rim, cocking back a two-handed jam that cut Tech's lead to 49-48.

• Defensive highlight: The Jayhawks hadn't made many critical defensive stops until the final minute. That's when Wiggins blocked a Jaye Crockett jumper from the left wing. The ball went right back to Crockett, who forced up another shot, contested by Wiggins. The long rebound ended in a tie-up and KU had the possession arrow pointing its direction. All of that came with KU down, 61-60, in the final minute of the second half.

• Key stat: Thirty free-throw attempts. Kansas never would have been in this one had it not converted at the foul line. Tech played physical defense, and the Jayhawks made sure to be the aggressors on offense so they could earn some easy points at the charity stripe. KU hit 22 of its 30 tries (73 percent), with Wiggins and Embiid both going 6-for-8. Tech was just 9 of 14 at the foul line.

• Up next: Kansas, now with a two-game lead on Texas (9-4 in the Big 12), plays host to the Longhorns on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., at Allen Fieldhouse.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

741hawk in reply to Bryce Landon

I sure hope he is teaching box and one and triangle and two before too long.

Jim Dickerson in reply to Bryce Landon

Saw both of the calls and the refs were right. The ball hit the rim before the shot clock expired. Some of the calls were questionable but bad calls were made on both ends of the court

741hawk in reply to Bryce Landon

That would be a problem! :)

Bryce Landon

On a more positive note, KU has 20 wins for the 25th consecutive season and a 2-game lead on Texas in the Big 12 heading into Saturday's game with the Shorthorns.

Bryce Landon in reply to 741hawk

What if he's teaching all he can and they're just not buying in?

Bryce Landon in reply to Jim Dickerson

The refs make more calls than just fouls, you know. For example, something is clearly fishy with a reffing crew that allows Tech to get the ball back AND score a 3-pointer after BACK-TO-BACK SHOTCLOCK VIOLATIONS.

741hawk in reply to Bryce Landon

You make my point. Bill has not been able to teach defense to a team with seven first-year players that play significant time. I do think that our defense is a liability going forward.

Michael Wattai in reply to Bryce Landon

I watched all of the first half, but couldn't take it anymore. I just want to see the last 12 seconds.

Nick Rushton

Aaron Craft has 16 more turnovers and 7 less assists than Tharpe this season

Jim Dickerson in reply to Bryce Landon

We won cause the refs called 21 fouls on TT and only 12 on KU. We won at the freethrow line.

Bwag

Won it on the FT line from the stats

Bryce Landon in reply to 741hawk

Uh, that team was hardly young. Four of the starters were seniors.

741hawk

The best defensive teams are teams that are mature . .. that have had kids in the program for 2-4 years. Even last year's young KU team had key (tho' not starting) returning players.

Bryce Landon in reply to Michael Wattai

You don't want to watch the replay, trust me. How we ever managed to win when we played like crap much of the night on defense and had an inept and/or corrupt officiating crew is beyond me. Didn't deserve to win, but won anyway.

741hawk

Tubby did a great job tonight. Give him credit.

Michael Wattai

anybody know how long until espn3 posts the replay??

fansincewilt

Wiggins played a game to remember. He is as good as advertised.

Crimsonorblue22

Selden and wiggins doing pretty good

Nick Rushton

We have the athleticism. We have Self. Why aren't we playing lock-down defense yet?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Watched it again the dude was out of bounds

Bwag in reply to Zabudda

I'll take a game from any quarter, to pull out a win. Missed most of it.

Crimsonorblue22

Perry just doesn't react

Nick Rushton in reply to Crimsonorblue22

I know, we have slow-foot disease or something

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Nick Rushton

Passing much better, defense though, everyone shoots lights out on us

Beddie in reply to Nick Rushton

what Tharpe's turnovers weren't enough? yes overall its been better but some of them still baffle me

Zabudda in reply to Nick Rushton

Yes, although Nads made a couple of memorable ones.

Beddie

that shot by wiggins was ugly on the rim what is his deal with the bunnies. I'm glad he pulled it off though, right place at right time

Crimsonorblue22

Anybody think Embiid didn't foul in their last possession?

Nick Rushton

Anyone noticed we're not turning it over nearly as much the last month?

Bryce Landon in reply to Maxbball11

Victory or no victory, someone needs to speak out against the refs. They are as bad as they have ever been in the Big 12 this year, and someone needs to raise hell about it, fines be damned!

Crimsonorblue22

Hard to win on road, they shot lights out! Good to see Embiid back!

Chuck Wagstaff

Early prediction: We open a can of whoop-ass on the cows

Ted Adams

BEAT TEXAS and RAISE ANOTHER BANNER!

Bryce Landon in reply to Rodney Crain

And no altercations with Jeff Hors D'oeuvre.

Zabudda in reply to Bwag

Maybe. But thanks Wiggs and Beed.

Sarcastichawk

I thought the refs were terrible calling it both ways though

Ted Adams

Get ready to put on the meat necklace in two weeks Tech! You aren't letting you put 8 players on the floor at AFH.

Maxbball11

survived the awful refs thank god

Zabudda

Thank you Iowa St.

Bwag

Hey we won a close one on the road, coming from behind! As painful as it might have been, progress?

Nick Rushton in reply to Walter_bridges

I definitely hope that is true

Tyson Ailshie

Hardly luck. Wiggins played one of his best games

Jhwkr542 in reply to Bwag

They had about a 10 min stretch where they would call TTU's reach in fouls on our drives and they were running the shot clock down and taking jump shots...but then the fans got unhappy so they had to even it out at the end. Sad but true

Nick Rushton

We are going to blow out the 'horns on Saturday

Walter_bridges in reply to Nick Rushton

I've never agreed with that... I think you can learn just as much from winning

Melrank

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Mmhhawk

In the words of what's his name. WOW!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

What a wild finish. It sure does help to have 2 top-3 NBA picks with the ball in their hands in crunch time.

Nick Rushton

I hope we learn from this. Usually we learn better from Losses.

Walter_bridges

Alexander might be a better option than Ellis next year.

Bwag

Stole one. Did the refs bounce from one bad call to another all game?

Ted Adams

Beers for everyone!

Jhwkr542

Ranking the KU players this game: 1. Wiggins 2. Embiid 3-10. Most everyone else 11. Tharpe

Melrank

Jayhawk

Track

we were stupid lucky to win that one

Zabudda in reply to Wineau_hawk

Yes

Don Burgundy

Tubby Smith looks hurt haha

Tyson Ailshie

What the hell are they booing? Lol

FINAL
Kansas 64
TT 63

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Wineau_hawk in reply to Rodney Crain

I rushed my coffee table FWIW

Walter_bridges

Wiggins!

Eric TheCapn

Oh my god

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Joel Embiid loses the ball in the paint and Andrew Wiggins puts it in the hoop. KU wins 64-63.

Crimsonorblue22

Thank you Lord!

Mmhhawk

ESCAPE!

Chuck Wagstaff

KU 64 Texas Tharpe 63

Bryce Landon

Beat the Red Raiders AND the refs!

741hawk

Geez

Don Burgundy

Wow

Tyson Ailshie

Omg!!!

Rodney Crain

Well at least no rushing the court.

Brian Powell

good game Wiggins... back to practice, rest-of-the-team! :P

Lawkan

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW

Marshan3q

my lord... my heart

Wineau_hawk

told ya

Jhwkr542

wiggins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walter_bridges

Give the ball to Wiggins and let him drive

Rodney Crain

I revise my this team is a Sweet 16 team at best. We will not get out of the round of 32. PG play has killed us tonight.

Aircapjay

We need to drive, get it to Biid or Wiggins.

Wineau_hawk

quit bitching about the refs KU will win this

Onthebeach

Cry Babies

Walter_bridges

Dammit.

Don Burgundy in reply to Onthebeach

Yeah but they gave us the shovel

Jhwkr542 in reply to Bryce Landon

You could easily find 100 hs refs better than this

Nick Rushton

my heart is pounding

Bryce Landon in reply to Maxbball11

Self needs to raise hell about it. Even if he gets fined, someone has to speak out against these horrible refs the Big 12 has employed for these games this season.

Onthebeach

Dont blame the refs...we dug our own grave

Brian Powell

called it.. we're down 1, up to us -- and not gonna happen :( Can't leave the game results up to one possession.

Don Burgundy

Tharpe is gonna turn it over watch.

00:12 left in Second Half
Kansas 62
TT 63

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Aircapjay

We can do this.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Robert Turner going to the FT line for 1-and-1, hits the first. Tied at 62. Makes 2nd, TT leads 63-62

Justin Daniel

If we don't win the league this year, the last two road games will haunt us for 8 months

Marshan3q

miss miss

Maxbball11

Omg these refs

Tyson Ailshie

Bailed em out

Brian Powell

STILL horrible refs... who calls that weak stuff with the game on the line?? No one, ever

Ted Adams

Nice call ref. You called that block before the contact even happened.

Jhwkr542

horses*** call

Bwag

Lubbock's a tough port of call, must have been a struggle to get talent in for the game

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