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Kansas defeats TCU, 91-69

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 25, 2014
  • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Fort Worth, TX

FINAL: Kansas 91, TCU 69

By Benton Smith --- basmith@ljworld.com --- 

The only Big 12 team with an unbeaten conference record kept rolling against the conference's only winless team, as Kansas University pounded TCU, 91-69, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

KU's three marquee freshmen led the way, with Andrew Wiggins scoring 27, Joel Embiid adding 14 and Wayne Selden chipping in 12 for the Jayhawks (15-4 overall, 6-0 Big 12).

Kansas held the Horned Frogs (9-10, 0-7) to 22-for-51 shooting (43.1 percent) and out-rebounded TCU, 40-24, to control the game from start to finish.

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

• The game turned when: Wiggins got going, which didn't take long. The freshman lived up to his otherworldly expectations in the first half, and it began with a jumper and just kept coming. Wiggins scored 19 of his career best 27 points in the first half, leading KU to a 53-32 halftime lead.

• Offensive highlight: Strange as it may be, the bounce in Wiggins' step might have been the best thing caught on tape in KU's dominating road win. He drove, he dunked, he hit two three-pointers and even passed out an alley-oop to teammate Jamri Traylor for one of his career high five assists. When Wiggins plays at this level, KU is just about unstoppable.

• Defensive highlight: Still relatively early in the game — meaning TCU hadn't been beaten down into thinking it couldn't keep up with the Jayhawks — Embiid blocked an Amric Fields layup that would have got the Horned Frogs within two points with 13:20 to go in the first half. When Hudson Price hauled in the offensive rebound and the ball ended up in the hands of Karviar Shepherd, Embiid blocked him, too, then controlled the defensive rebound.

• Key stat: Ten Kansas turnovers. It was the lowest turnover total for the Jayhawks since they had seven in a home victory over Kansas State on Jan. 11. KU followed that with outings of 24, 19 and 16 giveaways. Kansas scored easily and often, hitting 31 of 54 shots, because it played mostly mistake-free basketball.

• Up next: The Jayhawks return home Wednesday, Jan. 29, for a rematch with Iowa State at 8 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. KU knocked off Iowa State 77-70 Jan. 13 in Ames, Iowa. 

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Jeremy Wilhelm

All right. Sleep well ladies and gents. Rock Chalk!

Melrank

LOL - I think I knew what you meant.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Melrank

Nice post

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Melrank

Maybe trolling is the wrong word to use :-)

Melrank

I assume the word trolling has various meanings.

Melrank

The conference season is a LONG LONG grind. To think we can play 40 minutes full-speed-ahead for 18 games is asking too much. This game was over before halftime and there was NEVER a threat of them getting back into the game. Even Bill played it that way by looking at the minutes distributed. I'm a huge complainer about us not stepping on their throats, but TCU was dead and we were just playing out the clock.

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Crimsonorblue22

That would have been Melrank, whose been trolling these boards longer than I have...

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Rodney Crain

Did I tell u to relax?

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Rodney Crain

Believe me, I know what it takes, subs got a lot of minutes, think it will help down the road.

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Hey man, I love your passion for the Jayhawks. I'll leave it at that.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

I hope so! Just feel for him

Rodney Crain

No. I want us to play the game out.

Rodney Crain in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Sorry but it is ok to want your team to play the right way even with a big lead. I get so sick of the happy go lucky who say hey we are winning who cares. Trust me those who know what it takes to win, like self care. When u basically tell me to relax and let it go, well that means u really don't care about winning

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Melrank

Kinda gives me a headache, like baylors uni's

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Happy now Rodney?

Crimsonorblue22

As always, great job all

Melrank

Laughing-smiley-face-2

Zabudda

See ya round like a donut

Melrank

One last time . . . I can't help myself.

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Crimsonorblue22

I'm not ready to go there yet. I think the kid has a future with KU.

Crimsonorblue22

Keegs, did I call Wiggins?

Melrank

Been great fun as always. Thanks LJW dudes! Rock Chalk!

FINAL
Kansas 91
TCU 69

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Chuck Wagstaff

Night all

Chuck Wagstaff

6

Melrank

The Big Dipper . . . uh Wesley . . . with the block!

Brian Powell

just zero inhibition out there; great asset

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Melrank

Thought so too. He's defeated

Melrank

GREENE IS $$$

Bryce Landon

GREENE

Melrank

Maybe I'm just looking for validation of my theory, but 3 doesn't appear too interested in being out there.

01:09 left in Second Half
Kansas 88
TCU 69

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kualldayeveryday

if we wouldve made our free throws wed have 101

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Brian Powell

Sounds good

Melrank

New Career High - Way to go, Andrew!

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Trust me, I have two of them under 3.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Rodney Crain

Be nice, we're all jhawks

Brian Powell

back to back natty champs -- you heard it here first ;)

Hawk90 in reply to Kualldayeveryday

Man your taking this big win very hard

Melrank

I HEAR THE CHANT

Thumbs Up

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

It's ok kids cry all the time

Chuck Wagstaff

Road chant

Colreader

Alittle early for the Rock Chalk Chant.

Bryce Landon

Is that the Rock Chalk Chant reverberating in the DMC? :)

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Excuse me while I sob in the corner.

Kualldayeveryday

how the f do we not get 100 points

Sarcastichawk

Just another VICTIM

Zabudda

Melrank the announcers are catching up to you regarding WIGGINS

Bryce Landon

MASON

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

Wow. Ok I am done with u

Crimsonorblue22

Tom, you still there?

Jeremy Wilhelm

Your first time? It's all good man, but I'm not about to get worked up about our bench not outplaying somebody.

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

Listen to u uh no

Kualldayeveryday

Wow losing Black will be a very tough one to overcome seeing how he'd really improved as of late. Landen Lucas its your time to shine. Black thanks for a great year

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Kualldayeveryday

Did u miss most of game?

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

First time posting Jeremy, sorry

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Sage advice. Perhaps you should follow it.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Kualldayeveryday

No, ankle sprain

Colreader in reply to Kualldayeveryday

NO!

Crimsonorblue22

Might never see white again

03:03 left in Second Half
Kansas 84
TCU 65

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kualldayeveryday

Is Black out for the rest of the Year?????

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

Jeremy settle down

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

:-)

Melrank

DIdn't expect to type that tonight . . .

Mojayhawk

Nice game Landen!

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

Sorry thought u knew something about bb.

Melrank

LUCAS

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

"We"? Get a grip.

03:46 left in Second Half
Kansas 82
TCU 65

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain in reply to Jeremy Wilhelm

Down 4 it means we are not playing with focus.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Hey, some nice work on the offensive glass by Landen Lucas. He's got 5 pts & 4 rebs in place of injured Tarik Black.

Hawk90

I'm fine with a young team not blowing a team out of the water. Its easy for undisciplined guys to let their foot off the pedal or let it go to their head. Keeps them mortal and hopefully pays off long term.

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Self almost never looks happy in a game

Mojayhawk in reply to Melrank

He's desperate to contribute

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Kualldayeveryday

Subs playing

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

Tell that to self he looks happy right now too

Melrank

That sequence isn't going to earn White more time.

Jeremy Wilhelm in reply to Rodney Crain

Point being?

Kualldayeveryday

this is ridiculous boys how the h does an 0-5 team in the big 12 outscore us in the second half?

Rodney Crain

Down 4 in half

Melrank in reply to Rodney Crain

Relax, even us posters have mostly checked out.

Melrank

YES, it's a 3 sighting.

Doug Fisher

Come on guys, don't back down now!

Rodney Crain

So disappointing

Melrank

This crappy broadcast - is that 3 out there?

Crimsonorblue22

White!

06:04 left in Second Half
Kansas 80
TCU 59

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank

25, 5, 4 - he needs to pick it up :)

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Hawk90

Good pt!

Brian Powell

that lob play is nice

Hawk90 in reply to Kualldayeveryday

Well the team is run by freshman so it is a immature team

Melrank

CHIPOTLE

Rodney Crain

Tharpe never stopped the ball, he is off tonight

Melrank

Ut oh, Bill isn't going to be happy with that transition D.

Zabudda

Looks like TCU serious about commitment to Big XII

Kualldayeveryday

dir hasnt even taken a shot everybody

Colreader

TV announcer saying new arena coming next year, $50 million.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Kualldayeveryday

Downer

Mojayhawk in reply to Melrank

35 by Mr. Manning

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