Andrew Wiggins comes through on both ends, tops ratings
1 - Andrew Wiggins: When in doubt, drive to the hoop and listen for the whistle. Wiggins has that move down pat. Defenders are neither quick enough to stay with him nor disciplined enough not to foul him on his way to the hoop. His game-winning basket with two seconds left was the first game-winner of his life, he said. It put a cap on strong effort at both ends. Wiggins made 6 of 11 field goals and 6 of 8 free throws on his way to a 19-point, six-rebound night. He also had a pair of assists, steals and blocked shots and frustrated Texas Tech star Jaye Crockett into a 3-for-11 shooting night.
2 - Joel Embiid: Back after a one-game layoff to rest his back and knee, Embiid matched a career high with 18 points and added eight rebounds. His put-back slam with 31 seconds left gave KU a one-point lead. He said he was at about “90 percent” physically.
3 - Wayne Selden: His three-pointer with 2:35 left cut Tech’s lead to one point and other than Wiggins’ game-winner was KU’s biggest shot of the night, according to coach Bill Self. Selden made 2 of 4 three-pointers and misfired on all four two-point shots. Defensively, he kept Toddrick Gotcher from attempting a shot in 21 minutes. Dusty Hannahs scored 10 points off the bench, but on at least one occasion, lack of communication seemed more the cause than poor defense by Selden.
4 - Jamari Traylor: Brought terrific energy off the bench and totaled five points and three rebounds in 12 minutes.
5 - Tarik Black: Played well for a stretch in tandem with Embiid and finished with four points, three rebounds and a steal in 10 minutes. Whistled for three fouls.
6 - Perry Ellis: Didn’t have a field goal all night and produced just four points and two rebounds in 26 minutes on a night his opposite number, Jordan Tolbert, totaled 16 points and six rebounds.
7 - Frank Mason: Scored two points in six minutes.
8 - Naadir Tharpe: Schooled by Robert Turner (11 points, two steals), Tharpe made 1 of 7 shots overall and 1 of 5 three-pointers. He had two assists and four turnovers on a six-point night.
9 - Conner Frankamp: Had a defensive lapse or two in five scoreless minutes.
10 - Andrew White: Picked up an offensive rebound in two minutes of action.
11 - Brannen Greene: Missed a three-pointer early in the clock, immediately was removed, and came back on the final possession of the first half and dribbled the ball off his foot as the clock expired.
Andrew Wiggins 225
Joel Embiid 216
Perry Ellis 215
Wayne Selden Jr. 190
Naadir Tharpe 178
Frank Mason 167
Jamari Traylor 142
Tarik Black 123
Brannen Greene 68
Andrew White III 59
Conner Frankamp 53
Landen Lucas 47
Justin Wesley 12