Monday, January 20, 2014

Tharpe, Embiid sweep Big 12 weekly awards

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe looks to slap hands with center Joel Embiid after an Oklahoma foul during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe looks to slap hands with center Joel Embiid after an Oklahoma foul during the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.


Kansas University teammates Naadir Tharpe and Joel Embiid have been named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week after the Jayhawks' victories against two top-10 opponents last week.

It is the first weekly accolade for Tharpe this season, while Embiid is the top rookie for the second time. Six different KU players have captured at least one weekly honor this season.

Tharpe was the catalyst as Kansas recorded victories at No. 8 Iowa State, 77-70, and versus No. 9 Oklahoma State, 80-78. The junior guard averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds while making 82.4 percent (14-of-17) of his shots from the field. He started the week with a career-high 23 points at ISU on 7-of-9 shooting before adding 21 points against the Cowboys, making 7-of-8 shots from the floor in that game. Tharpe was 6-of-8 (.750) from 3-point range during the week and connected on 9-of-10 (.900) from the free throw line.

Embiid made his presence felt in the two KU wins by averaging a double-double (14.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg) while adding 13 blocked shots in the two contests. He had 16 points, nine rebounds and five rejections in the game at Hilton Coliseum before adding 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks versus OSU. Against the Cowboys, he became the first freshman in Big 12 history to have 10 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and eight blocked shots in a game. The eight rejections set the KU freshman single-game record, tied the Big 12 freshman record for all contests and broke the mark for a conference game. Embiid has 49 blocks this season, third on the Kansas single-season freshman list.


Mike Riches 8 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations to Tharpe and Embiid, both well-deserved honors! I'd be interested to know if a team has ever beaten two top-ten teams in the same week in the history of Big 12 conference play. It wasn't flawless, but seriously, when I think of how impressive of an accomplishment that is, it gets me fired up for March! No rest for the weary, we've got some Bear hunting to do tonight! Rock Chalk!

Ron Prichard 8 years, 8 months ago

Unless KU was on the receiving end of one of those losses, I would say the answer to your question is probably no. I don't remember too many times the Big 12 has had two teams not including Kansas that were ranked in the top 10 at the same time. So, my guess is Kansas would have to be one of the two top 10 teams to have been beaten if anyone else has pulled off that type of week.

Rich Hetherington 8 years, 8 months ago

Is this the 2nd time we swept the 2 categories this season? Either way, this week both accolades were well deserved. I love this confident, high shooting percentage version of Tharpe we've had the past few games. Even with a few hiccups on defense, that's still really helping and encouraging the team. I mean even if his defense hasn't been that great, at least we're seeing much improved offense from him and the same level of defense he had previously; that's still definitely a net gain!

Michael Leiker 8 years, 8 months ago

For some reason it always seems that people consider Tharpe to be a low percentage shooter. 80% of his shots are jumpers and he's hitting 49% on the year, think he was around 46% before the last two games and 43 from 3. We'd much rather have him taking shots than Wiggins or Selden. Especially from behind the arc. It's been that way all year, nothing has changed that drastically.

Gerry Butler 8 years, 8 months ago

just a couple of misc thoughts here on this Monday night before the game: had to really hold back a lil bit, been listening to radio 810 with kevin keithzman just find it kinda amusing he was bringing up the remembering how ku fans used to think the guys were soft played soft reacted soft and so forth and now that they are on the brink of being thugs lol. he says ku and Oklahoma state lead the league in tech fouls with 6 each had some fans sayin or agreeing, makes me wonder do we want a team that always backs down? or do we want a team that WILL ger a little physical let others know hey don't try intimidatin here because you can take that some where else CAUSE that's not happening. personally I like the guys being a little more physical. kinda nice to have interior depth when a team brings in inside they better know if they are gonna take the shot then be pepared your gonna earn that point.. and 2nd. like has been stated today multiple times think about this like was said on radio 810 its kinda scary for the rest of the league when you can when whether its 2 pts or 22 pts its kinda scary for everybody else when you can have your top 2 players and 3 of your starters having really bad games and still win, says a lot for your depth of the team and to think if all 5 guys put together 40 minutes of solid basketball kinda scary how good this team could be make you go hmmmmm definitely think good things ahead.. and 1 last thing in an article from espn and I by FAR and not sayin he will but they were talking about jo jo and being the nu 1 pick in the NBA draft, but jo jo coming out and saying he doesn't know if he is ready to go to the nba not tlent wise but he says it might just be to overwhelming so will see, I think he will go, but then again? GO HAWKS

Scott Yessen 8 years, 8 months ago

I definitely like the tough kids. Sheraton and the twins were three of my favorite hawks ever. They played tough and dared you to play with them. I see that in Selden a little but really see it in Taylor and Black. You don't mess with Chicago, Memphis, and Philly kids.

Scott Yessen 8 years, 8 months ago

Sherron and Traylor.....dang auto correct.

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