1 - Frank Mason III: Shook off a poor first half to lead Kansas to the finish line. Scored as many points (12) as West Virginia in the last 5:47 of the game. Finished with 19 points and made 11 of 12 free throws to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
2 - Jamari Traylor: With Cliff Alexander hanging in NCAA limbo, Traylor honored him with a remarkably explosive dunk set up by Wayne Selden Jr.’s great pass. In a game that could restore Traylor’s lost confidence, he totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
3 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Good things happen when he stays close to the baskset. Limited to just 19 minutes before fouling out, that was enough time to produce 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.
4 - Hunter Mickelson: Extremely active, Mickelson contributed eight points, two blocked shots and three steals in 13 minutes. Made both shots from the field and all four from the line, making his most significant contribution as a Jayhawk.
5 - Devonté Graham: One of his four turnovers was a pass into the stands. Oops. He compensated with 10 points, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes.
6 - Landen Lucas: Had a huge blocked shot at the end of regulation. Without it, Kansas wouldn’t have clinched the outright title. Scored just one point, blocked two shots and had six rebounds in 26 minutes.
7 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Played 37 minutes, defended well and continued to struggle getting the ball in the basket. Made 2 of 7 shots and went 0 for 4 from three. Had five turnovers, most coming in the opening minutes of the game. Made an amazing catch-and-pass in mid-air to Traylor to set up amazing dunk.
8 - Perry Ellis: Played 17 minutes with the flu and played like a guy playing with the flu. Of more concern was the knee injury that he suffered that kept him out of the second half.
9 - Brannen Greene: Missed all six shots from the field, including all five three-pointers. Shot looked better than it has. He just needs one to fall to break the tension. Is 0 for 11 from three in past three games and 2 for 19 in past six games. Went 4 of 4 from the line in 14 minutes.
10 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Stat line reads like the number three trillion.
Frank Mason III - 229
Perry Ellis - 218
Wayne Selden Jr. - 191
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 175
Cliff Alexander - 170
Brannen Greene - 132
Jamari Traylor - 131
Devonté Graham - 107
Landen Lucas - 98
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 84
Hunter Mickelson - 38
No Selection - 10
1. Jamari Traylor – Fouled out and picked up a couple of bonehead fouls while doing it, but played his best offensive game of the season and, more important than that, was under control, played with purpose and produced when the Jayhawks needed him most. As Wayne Selden Jr. said after the victory, “He got us this win.” Traylor made 6 of 7 shots and hit his only free-throw attempt for 13 points and added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
2. Brannen Greene – Wednesday must have been one of those nights where his injured neck wasn't bothering Greene. Gun-slinger hit 4 of 5 shots, two enormous free throws, scored 12 points and played with enough passion and intensity on defense to log 29 minutes.
3. Wayne Selden Jr. – Outside of dishing four assists in a game where points where tough to come by, Selden did not do much for most of the game. But the sophomore guard's three consecutive buckets down the stretch allowed Kansas to maintain control in the final minutes.
4. Frank Mason III – Quiet in the first half, Mason finished with 11 points and 5 assists, modest numbers by his recent standards but still more than enough to play a huge role in the victory.
5. Kelly Oubre Jr. – Made just 1 of 7 shots — including 1 of 5 from three-point range — but grabbed five boards, dished two assists and came up with the defensive play of the game, a deflection on a Baylor inbounds pass with 8.5 seconds to play and KU leading by one.
6. Cliff Alexander – His first taste of Big 12 basketball was not kind. Alexander played just 20 minutes and scored four points and grabbed one rebound. Looked to be a step slow and thinking too much for much of the night. Did manage to dish four assists and block two shots during the stretches when he looked most comfortable.
7. Perry Ellis – KU coach Bill Self said it best after the victory when he said Ellis “was out of it tonight.” The junior tallied just four points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and missed six of the eight shots he attempted. A lot of the offense against Baylor's zone ran through Ellis at the high post, but the forward often looked tentative when he touched it and finished with just one assist.
8. Landen Lucas – Only memorable contribution in his four minutes came on a hustle play in which he took out an elderly couple in the first row while hustling after a loose ball.
9. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – Played three minutes, air-balled the only shot he took and did not record another statistic. Even during warm-ups, when his shots weren't falling then either, the Ukrainian looked to be in his head and frustrated.
Frank Mason III - 109
Cliff Alexander - 98
Perry Ellis - 97
Wayne Selden Jr. - 97
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 70
Jamari Traylor - 69
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 68
Brannen Greene - 59
Landen Lucas - 44
Devonté Graham - 39
Hunter Mickelson - 16
1 - Perry Ellis: Biggest reason Kansas took 18-point lead into halftime, vanished for much of the second half, and came through with big plays down the stretch, the biggest a drive to the hoop that broke a tie with 2:01 left and stood up as the winning shot. Had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, but had four turnovers. When player of the game Delon Wright attempted a three-point shot with 2:11 left and the game tied, Ellis guarded him so closely he blocked Wright’s shot.
2 - Jamari Traylor: Made a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left to give KU a four-point lead. Played solid defense, totaled 13 points and five rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal.
3 - Frank Mason III: Has a knack for hitting jumpers and producing steals at crucial times of the game. He’ll also make a turnover here and there in those situations as well, but he’s a guy you want on your side when outcomes hang in the balance. Had 10 points and five assists, a blocked shot and two steals. Also committed three turnovers.
4 - Kelly Oubre Jr.: Strong defender who uses long wingspan to deflect passes, tie up dribblers and grab boards. Oubre made major contribution for the second game in a row, with nine points and four rebounds. Made all four free-throw attempts, growing his season percentage from the line to 85.7.
5 - Brannen Greene: Went 4 for 4 from the line in final 20 seconds and blocked Utah’s final shot, which would have tied the game had Jakob Poeltl’s three-pointer gone in.
6 - Wayne Selden Jr.: Was the recipient on a lob coming out of timeout and instead of laying it in went for a one-handed dunk that popped out and flipped his coach’s lid. Did decent job of running team when Mason took quick breaks. Had eight points, two assists and two turnovers and didn’t pick up a rebound.
7 - Cliff Alexander: Took just two shots from the field and one was blocked by the backboard. It was that sort of a day for Alexander (one point, six rebounds).
8 - Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: Limited to 10 minutes off the bench, scored only bucket on nice drive to hoop and didn’t pick up an assist or rebound.
9 - Landen Lucas: Played seven minutes, missed two shots and had two turnovers.
Perry Ellis - 75
Cliff Alexander - 70
Wayne Selden Jr. - 66
Frank Mason III - 66
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - 48
Brannen Greene - 41
Jamari Traylor - 41
Devonté Graham - 39
Landen Lucas - 35
Kelly Oubre Jr. - 30
Hunter Mickelson - 7
1 - Jamari Traylor: He never looked more athletic, stronger, more bursting with energy, than he did on his way to a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in 22 strong minutes. He made 7 of 8 field goals, blocked a shot and assisted two baskets. Two of his seven offensive boards came off missed free throws. One of them resulted in the signature play of his career. In a blink, he was above the rim, slamming home the miss with two hands, his knees folded toward his chest. Amazing play.
2 - Conner Frankamp: Kansas was caving to the Colonels' extended pressure defense until Frankamp entered the game and everything changed. He calmly found the open man and hit mid-range jumpers. His 25 minutes, 10 points and four assists all were career-highs on a night he extended his streak of minutes without a turnover to 122.
3 - Perry Ellis: Eastern Kentucky was vulnerable inside and Ellis capitalized with 14 points, 13 rebounds and active defense. He contributed two steals and several key deflections.
4 - Andrew Wiggins: Just when you think you have seen him soar as high as man can, he climbs a little higher to catch a lob and throw it down as he did for one of his four dunks. Led KU with 19 points.
5 - Tarik Black: Had four of KU’s 11 dunks and made all six field-goal attempts. Totaled 12 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, firing up teammates with every loud contribution.
6 - Wayne Selden: Didn’t have a field goal or a rebound, but played strong second-half defense and did a nice job of getting the ball into the hands of KU’s bigs so they could use their size advantage to take over the game. Had four assists and one turnover.
7 - Frank Mason: Played nine minutes, time enough to contribute two points, four rebounds and four assists.
8 - Naadir Tharpe: Rough, rough first half in which he turned it over four times in 10 minutes, but he bounced back with a strong second half that did not include a turnover. Made 2 of 3 shots on the night.
Andrew Wiggins 295
Perry Ellis 271
Wayne Selden Jr. 249
Joel Embiid 246
Naadir Tharpe 226
Frank Mason 200
Jamari Traylor 195
Tarik Black 177
Brannen Greene 93
Conner Frankamp 78
Andrew White III 66
Landen Lucas 59
Justin Wesley 18
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