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Andrew Wiggins plays all 45 minutes, tops ratings

1 - Andrew Wiggins: A gutsy competitor, during the overtime period Wiggins didn’t score a point, but he hit the deck chasing loose balls, played disruptive defense and came away with two huge rebounds. He still had fuel in his tank, even though he played all 45 minutes. And come to think of it, he wasn’t too shabby in regulation either. He brings so many competitive traits to the floor. He always wants to be the one to guard the hot shooter and is very comfortable being the one to take the big shot, such as the tightly guarded jumper from the left corner to tie the game with 1:04 left in regulation.

Wiggins scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. For the game, he made 9 of 17 shots, 3 of 6 threes, 9 of 10 free throws and added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal.

2 - Wayne Selden: He guarded Marcus Smart and based on the way he embraced the assignment, he must have been looking forward to it from the moment the Big 12 tournament pairings were released. He played Smart in physical fashion, chucking him when he didn’t have the ball, slapping him on the forearm in mid-shot and generally letting him know he was there and enjoying being there. Smart made 4 of 14 shots, 1 of 4 three-pointers on his way to 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Whatever he got, Selden made him earn it.

Other than making just 1 of 5 three-pointers, Selden also had a nice game at the other end. He matched Smart’s 14 points and had four rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.

3 - Jamari Traylor: With Joel Embiid there to protect the rim, weak-side help became even more important than usual and Traylor made sure to provide it in aggressive fashion. Smacked two shots off the backboard, bruised his way to nine rebounds and six points.

4 - Tarik Black: Contributed a strong defensive effort, used his bulk well and, as always, supplied verbal encouragement to teammates. He’s a senior and he played like it. Finished with seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

5 - Perry Ellis: Scored twice in a row in the second half and looked as if he was going to become the go-to scorer, but then was tagged for his fourth foul and headed to the bench. Totaled nine points and eight rebounds.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: Didn’t let defensive lapses and missed shots drag him down. He competed hard for 41 minutes and made some big plays in the clutch, including a blow-by drive with Markel Brown on him. Had seven assists and just two turnovers.

7 - Frank Mason: Played four minutes and made his lone shot, a three-pointer from the top of the arc.

8 - Landen Lucas: Blocked a Le’Bryan Nash shot, picked up a rebound and was whistled for three fouls in four minutes.

9 - Brannen Greene: Looked like a freshman playing in his first postseason game. In a word, nervous. Rattled against Oklahoma State’s pressure, he turned it over twice in seven minutes, picked up a defensive rebound missed his lone shot, a three from the top of the key. One thing he did not look was overmatched. He never does. He’ll be back out there and will perform better now that first-time jitters are out of the way.


Andrew Wiggins 281

Perry Ellis 255

Joel Embiid 246

Wayne Selden Jr. 240

Naadir Tharpe 217

Frank Mason 195

Jamari Traylor 182

Tarik Black 166

Brannen Greene 89

Conner Frankamp 69

Andrew White III 66

Landen Lucas 58

Justin Wesley 18

Reply 6 comments from Allison Steen Surrealku Dirk Medema Ben Schwartz Brian Mellor Steve Kubler

Andrew Wiggins far and away top Jayhawk in loss at WVU

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

Reply 4 comments from Jason Wilson Erich Hartmann Len Shaffer Surrealku

Tarik Black’s near perfect Senior Night places him at top of ratings

1 - Tarik Black: The team didn’t need him just to supply energy and a physical presence. His scoring was needed as well and he responded in a huge way. Black made 9 of 9 field goals, two on dunks, blocked two shots, one a real crowd-pleaser, had an assist and a steal and didn’t turn the ball over on a near perfect night. His 19 points were a season-high and three of his six rebounds came off the offensive glass.

2 - Naadir Tharpe: Had 16 points, five assists, two steals and no turnovers in 18 minutes of action. Made half of his six three-point attempts and all five free throws.

3 - Perry Ellis: Made all four field-goal attempts and totaled 13 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

4 - Andrew Wiggins: Jaye Crockett, Tech’s leading scorer, had two points next to his name with five minutes remaining. Wiggins took him out of the game. Crockett finished with nine points, but Wiggins wasn’t on him for his final seven.

5 - Brannen Greene: Hustled his way to six points, two rebounds and an assist in 10 minutes. Made all four free-throw attempts and turned a great pass thrown off the dribble on the break from Frank Mason into a breakaway dunk.

6 - Wayne Selden: Shots weren’t dropping (2 for 7) but played well otherwise. Threw a beauty of a cross-court pass to Conner Frankamp on the break, but didn’t get rewarded with an assist. Four points, four rebounds two assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

7 - Jamari Traylor: Six points, a block and a rebound in 14 minutes. Showed a nice spin move for one of his buckets. His blocked shot of Dusty Hannahs at the hoop on the break was so effortless Traylor almost looked as if he felt guilty for picking on the guy.

8 - Frank Mason: Had three assists and three rebounds and looked good running the break.

9 - Conner Frankamp: Made 1 of 3 three-pointers and picked up a rebound and two blocked shots in 14 minutes. Inch-for-inch, he might have been the nation’s best shot-blocker Wednesday night.

10 - Landen Lucas: Had four boards and one point in 11 minutes, but his steps were off. Whistled for two turnovers.

11 - Justin Wesley: Started, played nine minutes, blocked a shot and missed all three field-goal attempts, two of them three-pointers.

12 - Andrew White: Fired up a guarded three from on top of the arc and it missed. Did mix in an assist in seven minutes.’


Andrew Wiggins 260

Joel Embiid 246

Perry Ellis 241

Wayne Selden Jr. 224

Naadir Tharpe 209

Frank Mason 182

Jamari Traylor 164

Tarik Black 154

Brannen Greene 81

Conner Frankamp 66

Andrew White III 64

Landen Lucas 51

Justin Wesley 17

Reply 7 comments from Len Shaffer Perses Kris Weidling Plasticjhawk Buddhadude Dirk Medema

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.


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.


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.


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 tops ratings again after career game vs. TCU

1 - Perry Ellis: Playing the high post against TCU’s zone defense, Ellis was able to showcase his versatility. He scored a career-high 32 points, had eight rebounds and a career-high five assists. Ellis made 13 of 15 shots from the field, two dunks and 2 of 2 three-point shots, bringing his season long-distance totals to 5 of 11 (.455). His skills translate so well to attacking zones, that it helps to compensate for not having a great three-point shooting team.

2 - Wayne Selden: Other than making just 1 of 5 three-point shots — it seems as if he is long on most of his misses on three-point shots from the wing — he played a terrific game. His strength makes him a good finisher and helps him battle through screens defensively. He totaled 15 points, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

3 - Andrew Wiggins: When he takes the ball from the right wing dribbling with his left hand, sweeps across the lane and drops it in, it’s as pretty a play as there is in college basketball. Played a strong game, totaling 17 points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot. And he didn’t turn it over once. 

4 - Jamari Traylor: Back after a one-game suspension, Traylor shook a slow start and used his superior strength and quickness compared to TCU’s interior players to post 10 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot in 22 minutes.

5 - Frank Mason: The guy can really sky and makes a lot more happen at the rim than most sub-6-footers. Played with terrific energy at both ends and hustled his way to four points, two boards and a steal.

6 - Naadir Tharpe: In two games against TCU, Tharpe is scoreless and has attempted three shots with eight assists and one turnover. Had a couple of terrific inside dishes early in the game after getting to the paint. Was abused defensively in the first half by Kyan Anderson, who had 21 first-half points. At the starting point guard spot, TCU has outscored Kansas, 37-0, in the two games. Take Anderson and Tharpe out of the equation and Kansas has won the two games by a combined score of 186-97.

7 - Tarik Black: Started in place of injured Joel Embiid, but didn’t get to play much because fouls troubles resurfaced. Whistled for four fouls in nine minutes, Black scored seven points. 

8 - Andrew White: Heading into the game, he had not gotten off the bench in 11 of the past 15 games. He showed he has not forgotten how to hustle. Picked up four points and a rebound in five minutes.

9 - Conner Frankamp: Played 13 minutes without committing a turnover, but did commit three fouls and made just 1 of 4 three-pointers. Has played 128 minutes and has just three turnovers. Has one turnover in his past 68 minutes.

10 - Landen Lucas: Had three points, three offensive rebounds, a blocked shot and two turnovers in 11 minutes. It’s sometimes seems as if Lucas gets away with fouls and Black gets whistled for doing the same things.

11 -  Justin Wesley: One rebound in four minutes and one solid acting job in “Jayhawkers.”


Andrew Wiggins 214

Perry Ellis 209

Joel Embiid 206

Wayne Selden Jr. 181

Naadir Tharpe 174

Frank Mason 162

Jamari Traylor 133

Tarik Black 116

Brannen Greene 67

Andrew White III 57

Conner Frankamp 50

Landen Lucas 47

Justin Wesley 12

Reply 9 comments from Ryan Zimmerman Don Johnson Skinnykansasdude Stupidmichael tommy glenn Sebastian Sanchez

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.


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.


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.


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