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Andrew Wiggins goes for another career high, tops ratings again

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Confidence plus talent plus aggressiveness equates to 29 points and seven rebounds. Made 10 of 16 shots, 4 of 6 three-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws. Shooting .779 from the line.

2 - Naadir Tharpe: Needed just four more rebounds for a triple double. Instead, he settled for a double-dozen with 12 points and 12 assists. Had just one turnover and in the past three games has 17 assists and one turnover in 85 minutes. Has made 10 of 15 three-pointers in past five games. “His leadership role is through the roof,” Wiggins said.

3 - Perry Ellis: Had a monster half in which he made 7 of 8 shots, had all but one of his six rebounds and scored 15 of his 20 points.

4 - Joel Embiid: Quietly had another productive game with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Iowa State’s Georges Niang had a crafty game against him, pulling him away from the hoop and driving past him.

5 - Wayne Selden: Made some terrific defensive plays, including stealing a lob in mid-air. Also showcased serious athleticism on a drive to the hoop in which he coiled up like an accordion a kissed it off the glass. Makes some nice passes then makes some that leave everyone scratching their heads and asking, “Why did he just throw a bounce pass into a lane jam-packed with defenders.” Also took an ill-advised three-pointer during the second half. Helped Kansas jumped to 30-14 lead with strong play but had up-and-down night after that.

6 - Frank Mason: Not his best night overall, but hit a huge three-pointer that expanded KU’s lead to 71-63 with 7:24 left. Noticed his defender step behind a screen instead of over it and knew he had an uncontested three. Measure the shot and hit. Couldn’t convert an open layup after a nice drive down the lane and finished 1 for 5 from the field. Always plays with strong confidence.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Had an assist, a steal and six rebounds in 15 minutes.

8 - Brannen Greene: Made just 1 of 4 shots and 1 of 3 three-pointers in six minutes.

9 - Landen Lucas: Could have sworn I saw him block a shot but my memory must be playing tricks on me again because he was not credited with one.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 183

Andrew Wiggins 174

Perry Ellis 170

Wayne Selden Jr. 143

Naadir Tharpe 143

Frank Mason 135

Jamari Traylor 107

Tarik Black 80

Brannen Greene 53

Andrew White III 51

Conner Frankamp 42

Landen Lucas 38

Justin Wesley 10

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Comments

Sebastian Sanchez 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I know these don't show up in the stats sheet, but I'm pretty sure I saw some hustle plays from Lucas and Traylor that would put them above Greene and potentially above Mason, and if not, a little nod to things like that would be nice

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Sebastian Sanchez 6 months, 4 weeks ago

also, I was reading a comment about real names and what not the other day, I don't particulary mind having mine here (since I rarely comment and if I do is nothing too serious or controversial), but I do find it a little alarming that I cannot change it.... or is it just me that I couldn't find where to do so? a little help here?

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Jonathan Allison 6 months, 4 weeks ago

the Lawrence Journal World Website Family (of which kusports.com is a member) instituted a policy in October verify its user's identities to their Facebook profile in an attempt to do away with anonymous posting and hostility in the comments sections. Some users have simply utilized screen names in facebook so as to not divulge their true identity to this site. Others have never returned to comment on this site.

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Rich Hetherington 6 months, 4 weeks ago

That's one thing that gets me about Mason. I love his tenacity and I know he's going to be a great player here, likely for 4 years. That being said, the +/- this season when he's in is alarming. It could be his size, it could be his shot selection earlier in the year when he wasn't finishing at the rim, it could simply be freshman mistakes, or maybe it's just coincidence, but if we give up leads or lose leads when he's in there, Self needs to pull him and go with someone else.

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