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Veteran Naadir Tharpe top KU performer in Big 12-clinching win

1 - Naadir Tharpe: In the decisive final 6:01, the score was Tharpe 12, Oklahoma 12, Tharpe’s teammates 7. He scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 3:15. The lane opened up because of the special attention the Sooners were paying to wings Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden and to Joel Embiid in the post. Also mixed in five assists and two steals.

2 - Joel Embiid: Looked to be headed to big offensive night but team stopped going to him. He was so active defensively that he made potential shooters anywhere in his neighborhood decide to pass. Finished with a stat-stuffing 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and four steals to go with four turnovers. He never blends into the background, forever is in the middle of the action.

3 - Wayne Selden: Built like a bull, he attacks when he sees (Oklahoma) red. He scored a career-high 24 points in Norman and was on pace to exceed that with 13 first-half points. Scored just two in the second half but had such a positive impact in all areas that coach Bill Self kept him on the floor for 35 minutes.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Stopped shooting and started driving and when that happened, there was no stopping him. The defense dropped off him and he hit a huge three-pointer late. He’s playing with much more confidence than early in the season and is embracing contact. Contributed 15 points and five rebounds.

5 - Jamari Traylor: Hit two huge buckets in the second half and made a bigger contribution than his four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes would suggest.

6 - Tarik Black: Note to zebras: Sit down over lunch with the guy and you’ll find he’s not the guy you think he is. Stop picking on him and when he plays great defense in the lane against a guard, don’t blow your whistle because he breathed on the guy. Back’s three points and five rebounds made a difference.

7 - Perry Ellis: Made a three-pointer, improving his season totals to 6 of 12. Scored 11 points, but Kansas needed more than four rebounds in 24 minutes from him.

8 - Brannen Greene: Energized the team with two offensive rebounds, didn’t turn the ball over in nine minutes of action and had two assists.

9 - Frank Mason: Attacked relentlessly on the dribble and had just one turnover in 16 minutes, but couldn’t get anything to drop (1 of 6 overall, 1 of 4 from three).

10 - Conner Frankamp: Missed a three-pointer, which kept him from pulling the trigger on an open shot he should have taken. Committed three fouls in five minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 245

Joel Embiid 237

Perry Ellis 224

Wayne Selden Jr. 209

Naadir Tharpe 196

Frank Mason 174

Jamari Traylor 154

Tarik Black 137

Brannen Greene 73

Andrew White III 63

Conner Frankamp 61

Landen Lucas 48

Justin Wesley 15

Reply 5 comments from Rich Hetherington Doug Merrill Surrealku Caleb Longbine tommy glenn

Andrew Wiggins is KU’s top player vs. Texas (and probably the best in the Big 12)

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Soared way above the rim on his three dunks, played terrific defense and made 3 of 5 three-point shots on his way to 21 points. Once the game had turned into a blowout, Wiggins let others take the shots. Outscored Texas 15-2 by himself during a six-minute, first-half run. He’s playing with far more confidence than earlier in the season and clearly is the most deserving candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year honors.

2 - Joel Embiid: Still playing with a sore back, Embiid totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and six blocked shots in 21 minutes. His throw-back, one-handed dunk will be shown on the big board for years.

3 - Wayne Selden: Played a terrific game and had the stats across the board to show for it. Had eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot without turning it over once. His best work was done on the defensive end.

4 - Frank Mason: Effectively applied pressure to Isaiah Taylor and played a terrific game at the other end as well, making 6 of 7 field goals, including 2 of three three-point shots.

5 - Tarik Black: The two top freshmen are not the only one-year Kansas players who have hustled their way into crowd-favorite status. On an amazing play that drew a huge ovation, Black’s right arm kept extending until it got all the way to the hoop and he dropped it in from so far away it didn’t look possible for him to get his arm all the way there. He followed that up with a slam on a lob from Jamari Traylor.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Played a much better defensive game and dished five assists with two turnovers. Rough shooting night (1 for 9 overall, 0 for 5 from three) resulted in just two points.

7 - Conner Frankamp: Had five points, two assists and a rebound without turning it over in eight minutes. Looked good taking it all the way to the hoop for a bucket and made 1 of 3 three-point shots. 

8 - Jamari Traylor: Active. That’s what the team needs him to be and that’s what he was. He was summoned early to replace Perry Ellis because Texas targeted Ellis by throwing it inside to Jonathan Holmes. Traylor played him better than Ellis did, even though Holmes had a strong game. Traylor scored just two points, but added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

9 - Perry Ellis: Was the only player who didn’t have a strong defensive game. He played 19 minutes and contributed eight points and two rebounds.

10 - Andrew White: Picked up three points and a rebound in three minutes.

11 - Justin Wesley: Hustled his way to three rebounds in three minutes.

12 - Brannen Greene: Played three minutes, lost the handle on his dribble, but regained it before turning it over. Needs to be less sloppy with the ball, but his shooting touch and size make him a potential March contributor.

13 - Landen Lucas: Took and missed one shot in three minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 238

Joel Embiid 228

Perry Ellis 220

Wayne Selden Jr. 201

Naadir Tharpe 186

Frank Mason 177

Jamari Traylor 148

Tarik Black 132

Brannen Greene 70

Andrew White III 63

Conner Frankamp 60

Landen Lucas 48

Justin Wesley 15

Reply 5 comments from Joseph Leon Robert  Brock Joel Teply Margaret Schadler

Andrew Wiggins comes through on both ends, tops ratings

1 - Andrew Wiggins: When in doubt, drive to the hoop and listen for the whistle. Wiggins has that move down pat. Defenders are neither quick enough to stay with him nor disciplined enough not to foul him on his way to the hoop. His game-winning basket with two seconds left was the first game-winner of his life, he said. It put a cap on strong effort at both ends. Wiggins made 6 of 11 field goals and 6 of 8 free throws on his way to a 19-point, six-rebound night. He also had a pair of assists, steals and blocked shots and frustrated Texas Tech star Jaye Crockett into a 3-for-11 shooting night.

2 - Joel Embiid: Back after a one-game layoff to rest his back and knee, Embiid matched a career high with 18 points and added eight rebounds. His put-back slam with 31 seconds left gave KU a one-point lead. He said he was at about “90 percent” physically.

3 - Wayne Selden: His three-pointer with 2:35 left cut Tech’s lead to one point and other than Wiggins’ game-winner was KU’s biggest shot of the night, according to coach Bill Self. Selden made 2 of 4 three-pointers and misfired on all four two-point shots. Defensively, he kept Toddrick Gotcher from attempting a shot in 21 minutes. Dusty Hannahs scored 10 points off the bench, but on at least one occasion, lack of communication seemed more the cause than poor defense by Selden. 

4 - Jamari Traylor: Brought terrific energy off the bench and totaled five points and three rebounds in 12 minutes.

5 - Tarik Black: Played well for a stretch in tandem with Embiid and finished with four points, three rebounds and a steal in 10 minutes. Whistled for three fouls.

6 - Perry Ellis: Didn’t have a field goal all night and produced just four points and two rebounds in 26 minutes on a night his opposite number, Jordan Tolbert, totaled 16 points and six rebounds.

7 - Frank Mason: Scored two points in six minutes. 

8 - Naadir Tharpe: Schooled by Robert Turner (11 points, two steals), Tharpe made 1 of 7 shots overall and 1 of 5 three-pointers. He had two assists and four turnovers on a six-point night.

9 - Conner Frankamp: Had a defensive lapse or two in five scoreless minutes.

10 - Andrew White: Picked up an offensive rebound in two minutes of action.

11 - Brannen Greene: Missed a three-pointer early in the clock, immediately was removed, and came back on the final possession of the first half and dribbled the ball off his foot as the clock expired.

SEASON STANDINGS

Andrew Wiggins 225

Joel Embiid 216

Perry Ellis 215

Wayne Selden Jr. 190

Naadir Tharpe 178

Frank Mason 167

Jamari Traylor 142

Tarik Black 123

Brannen Greene 68

Andrew White III 59

Conner Frankamp 53

Landen Lucas 47

Justin Wesley 12

Reply 2 comments from Priest Fontaine Jayhawkmarshall

Perry Ellis best Jayhawk in Sunflower Showdown loss

1 - Perry Ellis: Led KU with 19 points and 11 rebounds and had two steals and a blocked shot.

2 - Andrew Wiggins: Made just 4 of 12 shots, missed all four three-pointers and made just 8 of 15 from the line on his way to a 16-point, five-rebound game. Competed hard, just didn’t finish well at the rim or shoot well anywhere.

3 - Brannen Greene: Came up huge in the comeback from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:53 of regulation and finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 15 minutes. In overtime he turned his head to see where to throw a pass before he caught one and lost the ball out of bounds. There would not have been an OT if not for him turning a missed shot and a steal into four points in a six-second span.

4 - Tarik Black: Battled hard down low, contributing eight points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Tweaked ankle he injured earlier in the season.

5 - Naadir Tharpe: Played poorly defensively for much of the night, but came alive at the other end in the second half and finished with 13 points, 10 assists and three turnovers.

6 - Conner Frankamp: Did better than KU’s other points when defending Will Spradling and totaled six points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 strong minutes.

7 - Joel Embiid: Limited to 18 minutes by a sore knee and back, he had six points and six boards.

8 - Wayne Selden: Didn’t look as quick as on most nights, missed all three three-pointers and made 1 of 6 shots overall on his way to a two-point, zero-rebound night in 28 minutes. 

9 - Landen Lucas: Scored on a nice hook shot and missed a free throw in five minutes.

10 - Frank Mason: Was the Kansas half of a double-technical, one of his three fouls in six minutes. Scoreless, he took one shot, had one assist and one turnover.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 206

Andrew Wiggins 205

Perry Ellis 198

Wayne Selden Jr. 171

Naadir Tharpe 168

Frank Mason 155

Jamari Traylor 125

Tarik Black 111

Brannen Greene 67

Andrew White III 53

Conner Frankamp 47

Landen Lucas 45

Justin Wesley 11

Reply 31 comments from Margaret Schadler Glen Cshjhawk John Randall Baldjedi Len Shaffer Stupidmichael Greg Lux Tony Bandle Brian Mellor and 8 others

Andrew Wiggins back atop ratings after 19-point effort against WVU

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Knows how to beat the buzzer at the half. In Waco, he did it with a half-court shot. In this one, he slammed home a teammate’s miss. Played aggressively, but still not finishing a lot of shots near the hoop. Why? Probably a combination of not having the strength because he is so many years from filling out physically and flying at 200 mph when 100 mph would do the job just as well. Led KU with 19 points and mixed in four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Burned for two of Eron Harris’ three three-pointers early, Wiggins decided to “turn him into a driver,” and completely shut him down.

2 - Tarik Black: On a day Joel Embiid couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, Black stepped in and was a force at both ends. He’s more than a bruiser. He’s an athletic bruiser, as he showed when he took a low pass from Wiggins and so quickly flushed it. His totals, 11 points and four rebounds, don’t capture the impact he had on the game in the paint.

3- Wayne Selden: Trapped on the perimeter, Selden stepped through it and knew there should be an open man in the opposite corner. There was. Selden fired a beauty to Perry Ellis for an easy dunk. Had the hot hand (5 of 7 overall, 3 of 5 from three) and contributed 17 points. Strong effort, but again threw a bounce pass into a crowded lane.

4 - Frank Mason: It took starter Naadir Tharpe a while to get going. Chasing Juwan Staten all over the place can do that to a point guard. Mason stepped in and blended his aggressive style with smart play to set up teammates and take good care of the basketball. Had five points, five assists and did not turn it over.

5 - Joel Embiid: Limited to 17 minutes by foul trouble, he still managed 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Given his size advantage, this could have been a huge game for him had he stayed out of foul trouble.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Played well down the stretch, sending the ball where it needed to go, but had trouble sticking with Staten, which gives him something in common with every other guard in the Big 12. 

7 - Jamari Traylor: Again playing well when paired with Black, Traylor had  a huge first half. Finished with seven points, three boards and two steals in 18 minutes.

8 - Perry Ellis: No reason he shouldn’t do a better job on the boards. Had a quiet eight points and four rebounds.

9 - Brannen Greene: Missed his only shot, but not by as much as he missed a pass, throwing it into the stands, sending coach Bill Self’s head into his hands. 

10 - Landen Lucas: Trillion-club entry with one minute and zeroes across the board.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 202

Andrew Wiggins 196

Perry Ellis 188

Wayne Selden Jr. 168

Naadir Tharpe 162

Frank Mason 154

Jamari Traylor 125

Tarik Black 104

Brannen Greene 59

Andrew White III 53

Landen Lucas 43

Conner Frankamp 42

Justin Wesley 11

Reply 1 comment from Alex Wishart

Naadir Tharpe stands out as top Jayhawk at Baylor

1 - Naadir Tharpe: Teammates were missing easy shots, but Tharpe never let the droughts last too long, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot on pull-up jumpers, drives to the hoop, tear-drops and four three-pointers. He scored a game-high 22 points, but even that doesn’t capture to what extent he led Kansas to victory.

2 - Perry Ellis: Totaled 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, playing a physical game. Showed nice sweeping drives across the lane.

3 - Tarik Black: On a night Joel Embiid didn’t bring his best, offensively or defensively, and battled foul trouble, Black rode to the rescue with a strong physical presence. In 23 minutes, Black produced six points, nine rebounds and two assists.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Scoreless until he hit a half-court shot to beat the buzzer at the half after stealing the ball under Baylor’s hoop, Wiggins scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half. He had five assists, three steals, two blocked shots and did not commit a turnover. During a 93-second span a couple of minutes past the midway point of the second half, Wiggins scored seven points, turning a five-point game into a 12-point lead. He hit a three and had two dunks during that span, dropping jaws all over the building.

5 - Wayne Selden: Brady Heslip hit four three-pointers in the first half, two when guarded by Selden, two with Mason on him. Heslip did not score from the 6:38 mark of the first half to the end of the game and Selden’s terrific defense was the main reason for that. Selden also had five assists and one turnover to go with four points.

6 - Jamari Traylor: Again worked well in tandem with Black and had four points and three rebounds to show for his 10 minutes of hustle.

7 - Frank Mason: Coach Bill Self took the blame for the two-three pointers Heslip hit on him, saying he told his players the wrong way to guard him. After telling them the right way, they held him scoreless. Mason still wasn't as good against a zone as against man-to-man defense, which can be said of most freshmen.

8 - Joel Embiid: He said the knee that he sprained is fine, but he hasn’t moved as well since injuring hit. Lack of lower-body strength showed down low in this game and foul troubled limited him to 17 minutes, during which he had five points, seven boards, two blocks, two assists and three turnovers.

9 - Brannen Greene: Had a rebound and a turnover in two minutes.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 196

Andrew Wiggins 186

Perry Ellis 185

Wayne Selden Jr. 160

Naadir Tharpe 157

Frank Mason 147

Jamari Traylor 121

Tarik Black 95

Brannen Greene 57

Andrew White III 53

Conner Frankamp 42

Landen Lucas 42

Justin Wesley 11

Reply 9 comments from Erich Hartmann Rodney Crain Lee Sears Perses Dirk Medema Jayhawkmarshall

Wayne Selden, a rare bright spot for KU at Texas, tops ratings

1 - Wayne Selden: It was as if he drank leaded coffee and most of his teammates opted for decaf. Tried to make things happen with strong drives to the hoop and led team with 21 points.

2 - Joel Embiid: Did a great job setting himself well ahead of time and remaining completely still in taking a charge at mid-court that was called a block. Seemed bothered by UT’s physical interior defenders on a day the Longhorns blocked 12 shots.

3 - Jamari Traylor: Played 14 minutes and battled his way to six rebounds, five off the offensive glass. Didn’t commit a turnover, made 2 of 3 shots, had two assists, a block and a steal. Never let the lopsided scoreboard curtail his effort level.

4 - Frank Mason: Feisty, relentless competitor didn’t have enough company in that regard in this one. He drove it hard to the hoop, which gains him high ranking, even though he had trouble finishing. Totaled eight points, two assists and one turnover in 16 minutes.

5 - Tarik Black: Brought hustle and muscle in six minutes, time enough to pick up two rebounds. Missed both free throws.

6 - Perry Ellis: Had just two rebounds in 29 minutes on a day that Texas won the battle of the boards, 44-37. Didn’t match the physical play of the Longhorns. 

7 - Andrew Wiggins: Made just 2 of 12 field goals and finished with seven points, five rebounds and two turnovers in 30 minutes before fouling out.

8 - Naadir Tharpe: Abused defensively, Tharpe had his first rough game in a long, long time.

9 - Landen Lucas: Not quick enough to hang with Texas big men, he battled hard, as always.

10 - Brannen Greene: Made 1 of 3 threes, but was exposed defensively and had four fouls in 10 minutes.

11 - Andrew White: Four minutes, one rebound, no other stats.

12 - Justin Wesley: Played one minute and posted a trillion-club entry.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 194

Andrew Wiggins 180

Perry Ellis 177

Wayne Selden Jr. 155

Naadir Tharpe 148

Frank Mason 144

Jamari Traylor 117

Tarik Black 88

Brannen Greene 56

Andrew White III 53

Conner Frankamp 42

Landen Lucas 42

Justin Wesley 11

Reply 3 comments from Rich Hetherington Pam Goad Jayhawkmarshall

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

Reply 5 comments from Rich Hetherington Plasticjhawk Perses Sebastian Sanchez

Andrew Wiggins’ career night at TCU lands him at top of ratings

1 - Andrew Wiggins: Scored six more points (19) in the first half than the entire Kansas team did in the first half last year and needed just eight shots to do it. Finished with career-high 27 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Usually on the other end of lob plays, Wiggins set up Jamari Traylor with a beauty.

2 - Joel Embiid: Fouled out in 19 minutes, time enough to do plenty of damage against the undermanned, undersized Horned Frogs. Totaled 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, one of them from out of nowhere.

3 - Wayne Selden: Had 12 points, four assists, no turnovers, a block and a steal. Fed Wiggins with a perfect lob and generally played well in every facet of the game.

4 - Perry Ellis: Made plenty shots more difficult than they needed to be and missed them from close range. Made just 2 of 8 shots, but had a career-high 14 rebounds and made all four free throws.

5 - Frank Mason: He’s a 5-foot-11 enforcer born to wear boxing gloves, a football helmet and a point guard’s hat. Man, does he go to the hoop strong and close fast. Mix in in-your-face defense and steadily improving ball security and what you have is a terrific combination guard off the bench. Scored six points on 3 of 3 field goals and had an assist without a turnover in 15 minutes.

6 - Brannen Greene: If you’re standing on a railroad track ­­— never a good idea, by the way — and you see his confidence coming down the tracks, good luck trying to get out of the way fast enough. It’s a lot of fun watching a talented athlete come strong out of struggling to adjust to better competition and more complex coaching than he received in high school. Knocked down an oh-so-soft swish from behind the top of the three-point semi-circle, took it hard to the hoop and scored six points with an assist, a steal and a turnover in 10 minutes. He’s developing into quite an offensive weapon off the bench. At one point, when Kansas went to a small lineup, Greene and Wiggins were the forwards. It went smoothly.

7 - Landen Lucas: Hustled so hard wrestling for the ball on the floor that a fight almost broke out. He’s not as fast, quick or explosive as KU’s other post players, but he gives it his all every possession on the floor. Produced seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.

8 - Jamari Traylor: Played 14 minutes, scored eight points and had an offensive rebound. Two quick fouls limited him to two first-half minutes.

9 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t attempt a shot from the field or the line in 20 minutes, but did have four assists and a steal and did not turn it over.

10 - Conner Frankamp: Looks very comfortable, very confident when running the team and shooting three-pointers. Made 1 of 2 long ones, had an assist and didn’t turn it over. Has played 100 minutes and has just three turnovers, impressive for a guy who has the ball in his hands a lot.

11 - Justin Wesley: Played well in front of hometown crowd. Made the most of his four minutes with two rebounds. The box score did not credit him with a blocked shot, but I seem to remember him blocking a shot. Is my memory deceiving me again?

12 - Andrew White: Played just four minutes, long enough to block a shot and gather a rebound. Missed only shot, a three-pointer.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 177

Andrew Wiggins 165

Perry Ellis 163

Wayne Selden Jr. 138

Naadir Tharpe 135

Frank Mason 131

Jamari Traylor 104

Tarik Black 80

Brannen Greene 51

Andrew White III 51

Conner Frankamp 42

Landen Lucas 37

Justin Wesley 10

Reply 9 comments from Reggiecomedy Rich Hetherington Greg Lux Plasticjhawk Erich Hartmann Jayhawkmarshall Rodney Crain Robert  Brock

Perry Ellis top Jayhawk in home win vs. Baylor

1 - Perry Ellis: His aggressiveness returned after a brief vacation and he scored 16 of his 18 points and had both of his steals in the second half. He turned a two-point lead into a seven-point one in the span of 21 seconds. Buried a jumper from the left corner, stepped into the passing lane for a steal, took it in for a dunk, was fouled and made the free throw. Taking it up strong, Ellis made 6 of 8 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws and he blocked two shots.

2 - Frank Mason: Did a terrific job of penetrating and was not to be denied attacking the rim. He did a great job of finding teammates after breaking down the defense. Mason made 4 of 5 from the field, 1 of 2 from three, and totaled nine points, six assists, a steal and just one turnover. Mason, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound steel ball of aggressiveness keeps opponents in retreat, teammates in urgency mode.

3 - Andrew Wiggins: Fellow Canadian Brady Heslip made his fourth three-pointer with 8:24 left in the first half. Wiggins started guarding him shortly after that. Heslip didn’t score again until there were less than four minutes remaining in the game. Shaking off a slow start, Wiggins scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and led the team with 17 rebounds. 

4 - Joel Embiid: He plays so far above the rim and is impossible to stop when lobs are on target. It wasn’t necessarily one of his better games, but still he finished with 12 points.

5 - Naadir Tharpe: He continues to shoot with confidence and has boosted his three-point percentage to .441. He made 2 of 3 long ones and those were the only shots he took. In his past three games he has made 8 of 11 three-pointers.

6 - Jamari Traylor:  Can anyone remember the last time they said, “Why did he take that shot?” after a Traylor shot? He still turns it over, but other than that, his game is rounding into shape. He played 13 minutes in this one, and totaled four points, six rebounds and two turnovers. He again showed he has the ability to score on drives to the hoop. For the season, Traylor is shooting .727 from the field and .806 from the line.

7 - Wayne Selden: His save that resulted in Joel Embiid scoring and Selden sitting on the laps of two Baylor fans was the hustle play of the year for Kansas.

8 - Tarik Black: Sprained his right ankle late in a game in which he delivered two points, a rebound, a blocked shot, a steal and a strong physical presence. After the game, Black said he was fine and wanted to return.

9 - Brannen Greene: Buried a three for the second game in a row and picked up a rebound in four minutes. None of the seven quarterbacks Kansas has used to start football games since the departure of Todd Reesing ever has overthrown an intended receiver as badly as he overthrew one Monday, but overall he’s showing enough progress to believe he’ll be a valuable offensive weapon soon.

10 - Conner Frankamp: Picked up an assist in four minutes, giving him six assists and three turnovers in 90 minutes this season.

SEASON STANDINGS

Joel Embiid 166

Perry Ellis 154

Andrew Wiggins 153

Naadir Tharpe 131

Wayne Selden Jr. 128

Frank Mason 123

Jamari Traylor 99

Tarik Black 80

Andrew White III 50

Brannen Greene 44

Conner Frankamp 39

Landen Lucas 31

Justin Wesley 8

Reply 11 comments from Dirk Medema Onlyoneuinkansas Perses Plasticjhawk Kingfisher Reggiecomedy Bernard Gregory Len Shaffer Jayhawkmarshall

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