1 - Tarik Black: Lone senior played an outstanding game, doing everything he could to bring his team to his hometown of Memphis for the South regional, but didn’t get enough help to make it happen. Had 18 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out.
2 - Conner Frankamp: Scored 12 points, six in the first half, six in the second, all on three-pointers. He made two threes in the final 3:34 of the first half, plus had a rebound and a steal in that stretch. He added two threes in the final 25 seconds of the second half, but was guarded too tightly to get anything resembling a good look and forced one up to try to tie the score. Increased his single-game career-high in both games of the tournament.
3 - Perry Ellis: Missed some easy shots on his way to a nine-point, eight-rebound effort. Had three turnovers and made just 3 of 10 shots.
4 - Frank Mason: Defended well and contributed two rebounds, two assists and a steal, but couldn’t get his shots to drop, going 0 for 4 from the floor, 0 for 3 from three and 2 for 2 from the line.
5 - Wayne Selden: Had three steals, but made just 1 of 5 shots and picked up four personal fouls in 18 minutes of action. Outside shot needs work.
6 - Naadir Tharpe: Had five points, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Will face a tough challenge from Frankamp and Mason in competing to keep his starting job at point guard.
7 - Jamari Traylor: Played well when Kansas applied full-court pressure and picked up two steals. But he also turned it over three times and made just 1 of 8 shots. Had five rebounds.
8 - Andrew Wiggins: Rough swan song for the freshman, who played tight. Limited to four points, four rebounds and two assists, Wiggins faced a defense that took away his driving lanes. Even when he did get to the hoop, he couldn’t finish and he couldn’t get his perimeter jumpers to fall.
9 - Landen Lucas: Threw down a dunk during his two minutes on floor.
10 - Brannen Greene: Played three minutes.
Andrew Wiggins 298
Perry Ellis 279
Wayne Selden Jr. 254
Joel Embiid 246
Naadir Tharpe 231
Frank Mason 207
Jamari Traylor 199
Tarik Black 187
Brannen Greene 94
Conner Frankamp 87
Andrew White III 66
Landen Lucas 61
Justin Wesley 18
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
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