Andrew Wiggins far and away top Jayhawk in loss at WVU


1 - Andrew Wiggins: Unstoppable driving to the hoop, Wiggins drew enough fouls to go 15 for 19 from the line and he made 12 of 18 shots from the field. He made 2 of 5 three-pointers. Positively influenced the game in every area and totaled 41 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Leading his team to a regular-season championship in what some consider the toughest conference in the country, Wiggins has positioned himself well for first-team All-American consideration. Set KU freshman record for points in a game and was the first KU player to reach 40 since Terry Brown in 1991.

2 - Jamari Traylor: His non-stop hustle during the comeback from a 25-point deficit was big. He finished with six points, seven rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal and earned the praise of coach Bill Self, who wasn’t giddy with team’s overall performance.

3 - Frank Mason: Scored 10 points and made 3 of 4 three-point shots, two of them pulling KU within five points in the final 1:29. Made some rookie mistakes, including fouling with a couple of seconds left on the shot clock, which enabled Mountaineers to grow lead from five points to seven in final minute-and-a-half.

4 - Perry Ellis: Needed to insert himself into battles in the paint and did not. Had a quiet 14 points and five rebounds.

5 - Wayne Selden: Made 2 of 5 shots outside the arc but just 1 of 4 inside it. 

6 - Brannen Greene: Two rough defensive possessions limited him to five minutes, time enough for him to pick up a rebound and an assist and to make a three-pointer from way beyond the top of the arc.

7 - Tarik Black: Picked up two fouls by the first TV timeout and didn’t get into a rhythm all day. Totaled two points, four boards and an assist in 22 minutes.

8 - Landen Lucas: Quicker West Virginia players drew four fouls from him in seven minutes. He did contribute two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot.

9 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t produce a point, rebound or assist in 16 minutes. He had so much trouble at the defensive end that it seemed to impact his play at the other end as well.

10 - Conner Frankamp: So wide open that he appeared to be aiming his shot instead of catching and shooting, Frankamp missed all six shots, including four from long distance.

11 - Andrew White: Played three minutes, had a steal and a turnover and had his only shot, a three-pointer, was blocked.  

12 - Justin Wesley: Played two minutes, zeroes across the board.


Andrew Wiggins 272

Joel Embiid 246

Perry Ellis 250

Wayne Selden Jr. 232

Naadir Tharpe 213

Frank Mason 192

Jamari Traylor 175

Tarik Black 160

Brannen Greene 88

Conner Frankamp 69

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 56

Justin Wesley 18


Steve Zimmerman 7 years, 9 months ago

IMHO, Tharpe should be placed the last. He's the one that's supposed to be the leader of this team. With performance like that, I smell another BBBB... Especially with Embiid's uncertainty to play. Sigh.

Len Shaffer 7 years, 9 months ago

I agree, Steve. I've defended Tharpe a lot this year, but that performance was horrible, and it makes for a very worrisome tournament. At this point, it's hard to imagine this team can be consistent enough to make a Final Four run. Now if all the games were at Allen, it would be a different story ...

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 9 months ago

Mason D'd Staten way better than Tharpe.

This team is SOOO reminiscent of Roy's teams, as we are capable of great offensive stats, but look what happens with a track meet type of game: whichever team has a flat spell usually loses. We start the 2nd half by allowing WVU a 12-1 run, which buried us right there.

This is an absolute cornerstone of Bill Self basketball: Got to stop the other team.

This is why in the Roy era, when we would avg. 85+ or 90ppg, but would lose a few times per year by double digits or even 20+...(couldnt stop the other guy, or the matchup ate us up).

We scored 86pts, yet still lost. We let WVU drop 50 on us by halftime. Where's the D????

Jason Wilson 7 years, 9 months ago

I'd rather have someone go 0-6 and play defense and not turn the ball over than have someone go 0-3 and give the other team a free pass to score and turn the ball over.

Although Frankamp needs to figure out whats happening with his shot. I'd like to see him redshirt next year if Selden doesn't go to the NBA draft.

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