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Andrew Wiggins' career night at TCU lands him at top of ratings

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1 - Andrew Wiggins: Scored six more points (19) in the first half than the entire Kansas team did in the first half last year and needed just eight shots to do it. Finished with career-high 27 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Usually on the other end of lob plays, Wiggins set up Jamari Traylor with a beauty.

2 - Joel Embiid: Fouled out in 19 minutes, time enough to do plenty of damage against the undermanned, undersized Horned Frogs. Totaled 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, one of them from out of nowhere.

3 - Wayne Selden: Had 12 points, four assists, no turnovers, a block and a steal. Fed Wiggins with a perfect lob and generally played well in every facet of the game.

4 - Perry Ellis: Made plenty shots more difficult than they needed to be and missed them from close range. Made just 2 of 8 shots, but had a career-high 14 rebounds and made all four free throws.

5 - Frank Mason: He’s a 5-foot-11 enforcer born to wear boxing gloves, a football helmet and a point guard’s hat. Man, does he go to the hoop strong and close fast. Mix in in-your-face defense and steadily improving ball security and what you have is a terrific combination guard off the bench. Scored six points on 3 of 3 field goals and had an assist without a turnover in 15 minutes.

6 - Brannen Greene: If you’re standing on a railroad track ­­— never a good idea, by the way — and you see his confidence coming down the tracks, good luck trying to get out of the way fast enough. It’s a lot of fun watching a talented athlete come strong out of struggling to adjust to better competition and more complex coaching than he received in high school. Knocked down an oh-so-soft swish from behind the top of the three-point semi-circle, took it hard to the hoop and scored six points with an assist, a steal and a turnover in 10 minutes. He’s developing into quite an offensive weapon off the bench. At one point, when Kansas went to a small lineup, Greene and Wiggins were the forwards. It went smoothly.

7 - Landen Lucas: Hustled so hard wrestling for the ball on the floor that a fight almost broke out. He’s not as fast, quick or explosive as KU’s other post players, but he gives it his all every possession on the floor. Produced seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.

8 - Jamari Traylor: Played 14 minutes, scored eight points and had an offensive rebound. Two quick fouls limited him to two first-half minutes.

9 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t attempt a shot from the field or the line in 20 minutes, but did have four assists and a steal and did not turn it over.

10 - Conner Frankamp: Looks very comfortable, very confident when running the team and shooting three-pointers. Made 1 of 2 long ones, had an assist and didn’t turn it over. Has played 100 minutes and has just three turnovers, impressive for a guy who has the ball in his hands a lot.

11 - Justin Wesley: Played well in front of hometown crowd. Made the most of his four minutes with two rebounds. The box score did not credit him with a blocked shot, but I seem to remember him blocking a shot. Is my memory deceiving me again?

12 - Andrew White: Played just four minutes, long enough to block a shot and gather a rebound. Missed only shot, a three-pointer.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 177

Andrew Wiggins 165

Perry Ellis 163

Wayne Selden Jr. 138

Naadir Tharpe 135

Frank Mason 131

Jamari Traylor 104

Tarik Black 80

Brannen Greene 51

Andrew White III 51

Conner Frankamp 42

Landen Lucas 37

Justin Wesley 10

Comments

Robert Brock 5 years, 2 months ago

I liked Tharpe's play: just feed the ball to the guys with some advantage and let them finish. Worked really well.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 2 months ago

Joy to see Andrew play like that. He does it for the most part, quietly too. He has a dramatic skill set when he unleashes it.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 2 months ago

Tharpe did a great job managing the team's O during his 20 minutes on the court. The great game management and team play should count for something.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm a little surprised that Tharpe only had 4 assists. A guy with hs skills should have double digit assists in a game like that. I don't care that he didn't attempt any shots, he seems to understand that offensively his role is only to score when needed, but as an assist man I feel like he is still a little too passive at times. I don't see him forcing the action as much as I'd like. Drive it in force the help defender and ht the open man. However, a game like this one perhaps his job is to set up and run the Offensive. Get the team some live action practice running the motion and the sets and let the offense create for itself rather than the PG creating the offense for his teammates.

Jonathan Allison 5 years, 2 months ago

I think that Justin Wesley got a fingernail block, the way the shot came way way short of the target it seemed like he definitely got a piece of it.

Greg Lux 5 years, 2 months ago

Conner is going to be a great player for KU during his time on campus.

Rich Hetherington 5 years, 2 months ago

I really like what Greene, Frankamp and Lucas have provided with limited playing time. That gives a lot of promise that despite the OADs we've been getting, that we may, along with Mason, have a group of FOUR quality seniors here in 3 years. Although as a big guy, there's certainly a shot Lucas has a huge junior year and leaves (same with Greene for that matter), but here's to hoping we're a strong, senior laden team in a few years, with of course young top end talent sprinkled in.

I think we can all agree it wasn't one of Tharpe's better games. Any time you have several fouls, get blown by on defense a couple times, and have 0 points/0 shot attempts, that can't be considered a great game. Still his 4 to 0 A to TO ratio is something I can live with, and after several dynamic offensive games, it's ok that he opted to let the rest of the team score.

Reggie Flenory 5 years, 2 months ago

I keep saying it when is somebody gonna listen to me FRANK MASON IS ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL !!!!!!!!!!! ball handling yung leadership and he just ATTACKS ATTACKS ATTACKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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