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Wiggins top Jayhawk in loss at Colorado

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1. Andrew Wiggins: First-half foul trouble limited him to eight first-half minutes, but he made up for lost time by scoring 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. Played as aggressively as he has in a Kansas uniform using his quick first step, long strides and long reach on drives to the hoop. Helped KU back from a nine-point second half deficit. 

2. Joel Embiid: Had a dominant first-half stretch and finished the half with all of his 10 points and wowed the crowd with left-handed hooks and fancy footwork. Didn’t do much in the second half, when he committed four of his five fouls and baited into some of them. First half showed what tremendous potential he has and the final half showed how far he has to go to reach that potential.

3. Perry Ellis: Used quickness advantage to drive left side of the lane for a game-tying bucket with four seconds left. Also brought the team within two points with a tip-in with 25 seconds remaining. Had trouble stopping people from shooting over him and struggled through a tough first half. Had eight of his 10 points and five of his eight rebounds in the second half.

4. Frank Mason: Had a rough first half against the Colorado zone, but came on late, scoring 10 of his 11 points after halftime. Continues to misfire from long range (1 of 5), but always brings aggressive style and keeps game moving at fast pace. Made just 4 of 7 free throws and finished with four assists and two turnovers in his second start of the season. 

5. Naadir Tharpe: Hit two three-pointers, didn’t turn it over and scored eight points with two assists.   

6. Jamari Traylor: Three blocked shots, including one that he took control of and threw an outlet pass before falling out of bounds. Added two points and six rebounds in 13 active minutes.

7. Wayne Selden: Came out strong, scoring five points in the opening minutes and finishing first half with seven points, but then disappeared. In the second half, he played eight scoreless minutes without an assist and turned it over once.

8. Landen Lucas: Lent three aggressive minutes and produced two points and a rebound.

9. Andrew White: Limited to four minutes, he took one shot, a three-pointer from the left corner, and missed it.

10.Brannen Greene: Fired a three-pointer when keeping the ball moving was the right call and it earned him a seat on the bench for the rest of the game. 

11. Conner Frankamp: Still hasn’t found his shot. He missed all three three-pointers he took, committed a fourl and had a turnover in four minutes.

12. Tarik Black: Won’t play much unless he can find a way to defend without triggering a whistle. Started the game and finished with three minutes. The only other number on the box score next to his name was another three, representing his foul total.

SEASON STANDINGS Joel Embiid 76

Andrew Wiggins 76

Perry Ellis 75

Frank Mason 63

Wayne Selden Jr. 59

Andrew White III 43

Jamari Traylor 34

Tarik Black 33

Conner Frankamp 19

Landen Lucas 17

Brannen Greene 13

Comments

Walter Bridges 7 years, 1 month ago

I don't get starting Selden over White or Greene. I know he has tremendous upside but his play has been average at best. AW3 should think about transferring before his college career is half over.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 1 month ago

Before the season we were told Selden was a hard worker but it sure doesn't show in the games, consistently. In the games, I get the impression he is just hear to punch his one year college clock. I'm not going to go back to review the tapes but it seems there are a lot of 50/50 balls that head toward Selden and end up with the opponents. Additionally, Selden is not a shooter. He's got a lot of work to do on that jump shot. I'm also thinking we might be better off with AW3, especially if he get his shot working. However, I'm not about to second guess Self. I'm sure he's a lot more frustrated with this group than any of us.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 1 month ago

Except that White and Greene are both misfiring consistently, though it would be nice if someone could consistently hit a 3-ptr.

John Randall 7 years, 1 month ago

Pay attention to the whole game. Selden plays better D than any of the other guards – bench or starters. I don't think his man has scored his season average in a single game so far.
On offense he is the most consistent in keeping the ball moving, not letting it "stick".
While we wait for everyone else to learn the system, Perry and Wayne already have 90% of it down pat.

Pam Goad 7 years, 1 month ago

It'd be nice if someone showed up to play some defense. That guy will start. :-)

Bob Thompson 7 years, 1 month ago

What would be nice would be to learn how to block out and rebound. We wouldn't have lost either game if we were rebounding.

Tom Keegan 7 years, 1 month ago

Great point on the rebounding. Today's starting lineups for KU vs. Florida pits KU with four freshman and one sophomore against Florida with four seniors and one sophomore.

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