Veteran Naadir Tharpe top KU performer in Big 12-clinching win
1 - Naadir Tharpe: In the decisive final 6:01, the score was Tharpe 12, Oklahoma 12, Tharpe’s teammates 7. He scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 3:15. The lane opened up because of the special attention the Sooners were paying to wings Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden and to Joel Embiid in the post. Also mixed in five assists and two steals.
2 - Joel Embiid: Looked to be headed to big offensive night but team stopped going to him. He was so active defensively that he made potential shooters anywhere in his neighborhood decide to pass. Finished with a stat-stuffing 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and four steals to go with four turnovers. He never blends into the background, forever is in the middle of the action.
3 - Wayne Selden: Built like a bull, he attacks when he sees (Oklahoma) red. He scored a career-high 24 points in Norman and was on pace to exceed that with 13 first-half points. Scored just two in the second half but had such a positive impact in all areas that coach Bill Self kept him on the floor for 35 minutes.
4 - Andrew Wiggins: Stopped shooting and started driving and when that happened, there was no stopping him. The defense dropped off him and he hit a huge three-pointer late. He’s playing with much more confidence than early in the season and is embracing contact. Contributed 15 points and five rebounds.
5 - Jamari Traylor: Hit two huge buckets in the second half and made a bigger contribution than his four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes would suggest.
6 - Tarik Black: Note to zebras: Sit down over lunch with the guy and you’ll find he’s not the guy you think he is. Stop picking on him and when he plays great defense in the lane against a guard, don’t blow your whistle because he breathed on the guy. Back’s three points and five rebounds made a difference.
7 - Perry Ellis: Made a three-pointer, improving his season totals to 6 of 12. Scored 11 points, but Kansas needed more than four rebounds in 24 minutes from him.
8 - Brannen Greene: Energized the team with two offensive rebounds, didn’t turn the ball over in nine minutes of action and had two assists.
9 - Frank Mason: Attacked relentlessly on the dribble and had just one turnover in 16 minutes, but couldn’t get anything to drop (1 of 6 overall, 1 of 4 from three).
10 - Conner Frankamp: Missed a three-pointer, which kept him from pulling the trigger on an open shot he should have taken. Committed three fouls in five minutes.
Andrew Wiggins 245
Joel Embiid 237
Perry Ellis 224
Wayne Selden Jr. 209
Naadir Tharpe 196
Frank Mason 174
Jamari Traylor 154
Tarik Black 137
Brannen Greene 73
Andrew White III 63
Conner Frankamp 61
Landen Lucas 48
Justin Wesley 15