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.
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