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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.

SEASON STANDINGS

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

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Comments

Suzi Marshall 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I saw once where Frankamp got burned not getting through a screen. Otherwise, I thought his D was solid, much better than Tharpe or Mason. I'm blindly hoping he can come through for us. We (Self) have to find a PG solution. If, Lyle can play D, as a 6'5 PG, he's got a great opportunity next year with the Hawks.

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Priest Fontaine 7 months, 2 weeks ago

True. Tharpe doesn't look like he takes any pride in guarding his man. He's kind of just going through the motions. I'm starting to lose faith that Tharpe will ever become even a decent defender. He and Ellis are killing us on a defensive end.

Already looking forward to adding the physicality of Big Cliff Alexander next year which will certainly help down low, but we still need more intense and effective guard pressure.

Mason and Frankamp show some promise but could get out sized by bigger guards. Lyle is looking more and more like a must sign recruit for next year (although I am also not certain about his defensive skills). Add Malik Newman in 2015 and our point guard problems should be a thing of the past.

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