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Kansas defeats West Virginia, 83-69

  • 3 p.m., Feb. 8, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Final: Kansas 83, West Virginia 69

By Matt Tait --- mtait@ljworld.com

It was a clash of styles, with West Virginia's quick and talented guards going up against Kansas University's bulk and beef inside.

In the end, the bigger, deeper Jayhawks prevailed, 83-69, to improve to 18-5 overall and 9-1 in Big 12 play while dropping West Virginia to 14-10 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play.

With starters Joel Embiid and Perry Ellis playing just 12 combined minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, the Jayhawks leaned on Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden, who scored 10 points apiece in the first half to stake Kansas to a seven-point lead at the break.

In the second half, both freshmen continued to put up points, as Wiggins finished with 19 points. Selden had 17.

The Jayhawks shot 55 percent from the floor and knocked in 23-of-34 free throws to seal the deal.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks responded to a nasty move by WVU guard Juwan Staten that cut the Kansas lead to 51-48 by scoring 11 of the next 16 points to open up a 62-53 lead with 9:50 to play. Wiggins hit a couple of free throws and dropped in an athletic finish, Black added a couple of free throws of his own and Selden buried a three-pointer to complete the run that gave Kansas the final cushion it needed to close this one out.

• Offensive highlight: There were definitely a few in this one, but the one that comes to mind first came courtesy of Andrew Wiggins with time winding down in the first half. After holding for the last shot of the half, Wiggins kicked to Brannen Greene in the corner and watched him misfire on an off-balanced three-point try with just a few ticks remaining. As the rebound hovered, Wiggins crashed from the spot where he threw the pass and slammed it home to give Kansas a 43-36 lead at halftime.

• Defensive highlight: Credit Jamari Traylor for being heads-up enough to intercept an alley-oop attempt from Eron Harris to Juwan Staten with around 3:20 to play in the first half. Traylor did not catch the ball clean but he got enough of a tip on it to deflect it and give KU possession. The nice defensive play came in the middle of a 12-2 KU run that turned a 30-29 WVU lead into a 41-32 KU lead and gave the Jayhawks some breathing room. At the 11-minute mark of the second half, Embiid blocked Devin Williams in a one-on-one post situation without hardly having to jump. It was great discipline to stay down and get the block but Embiid followed it up with an over-aggressive foul and had to head to the bench. The initial block was was as good as it gets, though.

• Key stat: As expected the Jayhawks dominated the Mountaineers in points in the paint, outscoring the visitors 46-18 inside. What was not expected was that so many of those points down low would come from somewhere other than Joel Embiid and Perry Ellis, who were quiet offensively but watched Jamari Traylor (7) and Tarik Black (11) pick up their slack inside.

• Up next: The Jayhawks travel to Manhattan on Monday for a rematch with Kansas State at 8 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. KU dismantled K-State 86-60 Jan. 11 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Crimsonorblue22

Fouls killed us, good thing we're deep

Crimsonorblue22

Kstate will be ready!

Crimsonorblue22

Embiids back is bothering him!

Zabudda

I'll take it.

Chuck Wagstaff

Tough win - Keep extending the lead on Monday.

FINAL
West Virginia 69
Kansas 83

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Jhwkr542 in reply to Crimsonorblue22

quietest DD ever

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Zabudda

Shows you how good Embiid is. Not a great afternoon. And he had 11 points, 10 boards, 3 blocks.

Lawkan

dumb having Wiggins and Embiid in for garbage time.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Zabudda

Off game and still gets it

00:45 left in Second Half
West Virginia 69
Kansas 82

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Zabudda

DD for Joel

00:55 left in Second Half
West Virginia 69
Kansas 81

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Bwag

Quit with the whistle already, really

Crimsonorblue22

Stay down!

Lindhawk

Good win

01:17 left in Second Half
West Virginia 68
Kansas 81

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Crimsonorblue22

Just getting dumber Fran!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

WVU just 2 for 10 from deep in the 2nd half.

Chuck Wagstaff

Joel actually 2 pts & 1 board from a double/double

Bwag in reply to Jhwkr542

Yeah, think there's been one

Jhwkr542 in reply to Bwag

They traded in the travel call for the charge

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has made 7 of its last 10 shots.

Doug Fisher

They really want to play the Duke game lol.

Lawkan in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

sparing all of America.

Tom Keegan

Tharpe finishing the game strong, which might not be the case if Mason had not done so well in his place. Chasing around Staten for an entire game would be too much to ask of any one player. Kudos to Mason for strong job off bench, which kept fresh for strong finish.

Caleb Longbine

there is our boom goes the dynamite run! to make fun of the ball st student broadcaster lol.

Chuck Wagstaff

We get to delay Duke! YES!

Bwag

These refs have rediscovered the charge call

02:25 left in Second Half
West Virginia 66
Kansas 79

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Crimsonorblue22

Now we go!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Back-to-back plays from Tharpe in crunch time. Feed to Embiid, three-pointer....Selden score makes it a 13-point KU advantage.

Crimsonorblue22

Finally!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Slow game for Embiid but he has 8 points and 9 rebounds.

03:49 left in Second Half
West Virginia 66
Kansas 72

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Danr

I thought Perry blocked his own shot, Max

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Brad Swisher

Ejim finished with 48. Hit 20 of 24 from the floor.

Jhwkr542 in reply to Lindhawk

I doubt Harris and Staten would have trouble with our press

Aircapjay in reply to Lawkan

If we play like this in Manhattan, and KSU plays like they did against Texas, I think we lose.

Lindhawk

As much trouble as we have with these trapping zones. Stands to reason other teams would struggle too. Why can't self swallow some pride and play some.

Maxbball11

Did I just witness perry get blocked in the post by a point guard are you kidding me?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

After 58% shooting in 1st half for KU, Jayhawks 38% in 2nd half. Kansas up 72-65 vs WVU with 3:49 to play.

Jhwkr542

Selden scares me with the ball in trap defenses

Brad Swisher in reply to Matt Tait

Wow is he over 50 now??

Joe Ross

I look at this game and think about the number of places we could improve. Wow.

Lawkan

we should beat these guys by 20 on their best day.

Jhwkr542

What a terrible possession again

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Rolland Remmert

In 2nd half, KU 16 of 21 at the foul line.

04:43 left in Second Half
West Virginia 65
Kansas 72

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Rolland Remmert

4 straight 50% from the line

Brad Swisher in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Yeah, gonna be a tough one in Morgantown.

Jhwkr542

We haven't made 2 of 2 FTs in a while

04:52 left in Second Half
West Virginia 65
Kansas 70

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Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Eron Harris and Juwan Staten keeping WVU in this without much help. Pretty impressive.

Brad Swisher

About time for Biid to come in and shoot the pistols.

Crimsonorblue22

Come on!

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff in reply to Brad Swisher

Agreed. No need to force that one when you're going to the line the rest of the way. Get something going to the rim and put the pressure on WVU.

05:15 left in Second Half
West Virginia 65
Kansas 69

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Jhwkr542

Our offense sucks right now

Brad Swisher

That wasn't a very high percentage shot Perry.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Lawkan

Yeah, charges are turnovers.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Juwan Staten 7 of 10 from the floor. Crazy fast.

Lawkan

are all those charges counted as turnovers?

06:07 left in Second Half
West Virginia 61
Kansas 69

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Joe Ross

Again, the offense gets open from the perimeter due to help defense.

06:24 left in Second Half
West Virginia 61
Kansas 68

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Jhwkr542

We've found the threshold...5 steps before a travel call

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Only 10 turnovers for KU today. WVU not great defensively, but still worth noting.

Crimsonorblue22

Hope conference doesn't come down to us at wv

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Just saw a box score from the TCU-ISU game... Melvin Ejim has 48 points. Helluva player.

Brad Swisher

Well when you play a trap that typically leaves someone open....

07:04 left in Second Half
West Virginia 58
Kansas 68

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Jim Dickerson

That play was diagramed by Joe Ross

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Mountaineers have hung in there all day. They look a little defeated right now, though.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jhwkr542

Dang you r hard on him

07:17 left in Second Half
West Virginia 56
Kansas 68

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Selden with the alley-oop to Perry Ellis and KU's lead grows to its largest of the day. Timeout WVU.

Crimsonorblue22

Easy!

Brad Swisher

That was easy.

Jhwkr542

Ellis with his butt-out-reach-with-the-fingertips-and-touch-the-ball got the jump call

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

There we go Perry!

Rolland Remmert

We gotta be better than a 50% FT shooting team down the streatch

07:30 left in Second Half
West Virginia 56
Kansas 66

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Jhwkr542

Took us 3 FTs but we got the lead to 10

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

Even long after Missouri has left the Big 12 and the rivalry has ended, the vision of Mizzou losing a basketball game on the scoreboard still sends the AFH faithful into a frenzy. Tigers getting drubbed by Ole Miss today.

Jhwkr542

Ellis and Tharpe have disappointed me today

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

I'm good w/him

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Former standout safety Darrell Stuckey in the house for this one.

Zabudda

We are a one on one team on O.

Chuck Wagstaff in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

Throw in Fran

Doug Fisher

Hoping to break into a double digit lead soon!

Chuck Wagstaff in reply to Joe Ross

Nadiir & StupidMichael

Joe Ross in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

Who would you trade for him?

Chuck Wagstaff in reply to Brad Swisher

Could you imagine how good we'd be if we had Staten?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins puts up a shot against the West Virginia defense during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins puts up a shot against the West Virginia defense during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

08:15 left in Second Half
West Virginia 56
Kansas 65

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Doug Fisher in reply to Benton Smith

Don't care. I'm more concerned with the current game!

Joe Ross

I would love to see Lucas in on some of these situations where Black is used. Not a knock on Black at all. Just think Lucas is less prone to foul and probably plays better defense in general.

Brad Swisher

I'd say Staten is as good a point guard as we've played against all season.

Jhwkr542 in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Unbelievable really! 3 KU guys down low and 1 WVU player. Black fails to box out his man...1 point and 1 foul

08:48 left in Second Half
West Virginia 56
Kansas 64

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