Embiid's double-double good for top spot in loss at Oklahoma State


1 - Joel Embiid: Cowboys doubled him all night, making it difficult for the perimeter players to feed Embiid. Even when they tried to force it into him, Cowboys defenders frequently intercepted the passes. He made 4 of 6 field goals and all five free throws and dominated the defensive glass. All but two of his 13 rebounds came on the defensive end and he scored 13 points and had three steals.

2 - Wayne Selden: Did a nice defensive job on Marcus Smart in the first half and scored 13 points with just one of KU’s 22 turnovers.

3 - Perry Ellis: Had trouble checking Le’Bryan Nash when that was his assignment, but did pick up eight rebounds, five on the offensive glass.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Couldn’t get his shots to drop but did a good job of following up his misses. Made 5 of 16 shots, 1 of 7 threes and had six turnovers. Five of his seven rebounds were of the offensive variety.

5 - Tarik Black: Had six rebounds and four fouls in nine minutes.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Scored on a nice drive down the lane, picked up a steal and a blocked shot and had turnovers on a three-point night in 14 minutes of action.

7 - Frank Mason: Missed all five shots and produced two points, two assists and a steal and turned it over once in 16 minutes.

8 - Naadir Tharpe: Rough night, other than the defense he played against Phil Forte. Hit a pair of three-pointers during a four-minute span early in the second half, but other than that had an extremely difficult night, dribbling into traps and throwing passes into crowded places. Had six points, five assists and six turnovers and made 2 of 8 field goals.

9 - Conner Frankamp: Played five minutes and had zeroes across the board.


Andrew Wiggins 251

Joel Embiid 246

Perry Ellis 231

Wayne Selden Jr. 217

Naadir Tharpe 198

Frank Mason 177

Jamari Traylor 158

Tarik Black 142

Brannen Greene 73

Andrew White III 63

Conner Frankamp 62

Landen Lucas 48

Justin Wesley 15


tommy glenn 7 years ago

How is Tharpe not on the bottom of this list, why is he even on it? I could have played better. Only time he used his head, was to head butt the ball

Dirk Medema 7 years ago

In your prime, you would likely have been embarrassed by the walk-ons and coach's kids. There was even a show about this a year or so ago.

Rodney Crain 7 years ago

Tharpe played so poorly he should have been benched the whole second half. I know we think he is our best option to win, not tonight. He was absolutely terrible and he was the main reason we lost.

This is not a blip on a good season. He can just stink some nights and I am sorry but your PG cannot be that bad on a team this good. We will not win if that young man is allowed to take this team down with him like he did tonight. Rough count, did not re-watch the tape, but he had to cost us 20 possessions tonight. Bad passes, turn overs, poor decisions, shoots to early in the shot clock, take your pick. Just terrible.

Ashwin Rao 7 years ago

Unfortunately we don't have options. Mason's line does not look very good either... I believe the opponents are using Self's policy of “cutting the head off” an opposing guard on the defensive end. We need to change our tactics to stay ahead.

Robert Brock 7 years ago

Tharpe played outstanding defense. Maybe Coach Self was too into Tharpe's head about stopping Forte and not prepared enough to deal with traps.

Suzi Marshall 7 years ago

Tharpe has been stepping up his D that past few games. Rodney is spot on with regards to Tharpe's O performance and the 20 possessions might be a good estimate.

Rodney, it will be difficutt to watch this game tape. The turnovers looked alot like UF and the poor D the last 10 minutes was a UT Austin rerun.

Robert Brock 7 years ago

Lotta scapegoating. Don't leave out the fact that - in the second half - OSU ran a much smoother offense and the Cowboys, especially Smart, easily carved up the Jayhawk defense. It must have made Bill Self sick.

Bud Stagg 7 years ago

Half this team plays like they are smoking something. Their focus is off and their ambition to win is not very evident. I just do not see anyone on this team leading by example and getting on their teammates to do better.

This evident by Tharpe's not looking for the pass or "wanting" the ball on many possessions. A good point guard wants the ball.

Dirk Medema 7 years ago

It is fun to watch Tarik, because he is always talking to the bigs about having their heads on right. He stopped one of the bigs to do this last night as he was going into of the game last night. He did it on the bench when Jo got ejected earlier this year. The stats aren't great this year, but he sure is worth so much more than the points.

Wayne seems to be getting it too. Probably a little tougher for him as a freshmen, but he is stepping up regardless. He even called out Perry when he passed up the short J that is his game/shot in a possession that ended in a TO.

Naadir has stepped up like that on many occasions in the past, but obviously needs someone else to do it when he is laying a stinker like last night.

Mark Rainey 7 years ago

"Half this team plays like they are smoking something." They are 19-20 yr. olds, living the good life.

Robert Brock 7 years ago

Who gets the credit for allowing Smart to score 20 second half points? Selden? Wigs?

John Randall 7 years ago

I believe the guy's first name is Marcus, if credit goes where credit is due … he and no one else changed the game at halftime.

Joe Joseph 7 years ago

Blowing a ten-point, second-half lead makes this awfully frustrating, but it would have been a coup to beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater anyways. Especially with OSU having so much to play for, and KU having relatively little to play for in this game.

In the grand scheme of things, this loss means practically nothing. Hopefully it will motivate KU to close these last two games out. Tech shouldn't be a problem, but WVU will be tough, as the Mountaineers still have a chance at making the tournament. Kansas has already handed Okie State a tourney birth, I'd rather it not hand WVU one as well.

Ryan Michael 7 years ago

How did Frankamp have a worse night than Tharpe? Keegan these ratings are a joke. Do you even watch the games? Or do you just check out the ESPN stat lines at the end of the game? When Frankamp was in he moved the ball and most importantly DIDN'T turn it over. He put up zero's? That's better than the net negative Tharpe put up.

Takes all the credibility out of your ratings when you count playing time and crappy stats as a positive.

Dirk Medema 7 years ago

I think he gave credit for Naa's D against Forte who had 2 pts vs. 23 in the first game. That's a 21 pt swing, so obviously worth something.

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