KU basketball notebook

KU’s Andrew Wiggins laments missed free throw at end of Colorado game

Updated: 2013-12-08T07:06:39Z


The Kansas City Star

First half

•  Key play: Colorado’s Askia Booker hit a guarded three-pointer right before the half that gave the Buffs at 33-30 lead at the break.

•  Key stat: Colorado made just 11 of 19 free throws.

Second half

•  Key play: Askia Booker did it again, hitting a running three-pointer at the buzzer that won the game for the Buffaloes.

•  Key stat: KU made just five of 20 from three-point range.


In the end, it didn’t really matter. Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins missed a free throw that would have tied the game at 71-71 and given the ball back to Colorado for one final shot with 12 seconds left.

But Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a free throw on the other end, allowing the Jayhawks to tie the game at 72-72 before Askia Booker’s game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

Still, Wiggins, who had drawn a foul while attempting a three-pointer with KU trailing 71-68, was upset that he made just two of three.

“I was confident I’d make them all,” Wiggins said. “Unfortunately, I missed one.”

• While Kansas coach Bill Self is generally loathe to use a zone defense, he did employ one for a few possessions during the second half. He didn’t give it rave reviews.

“Bad, bad,” Self said. “What it did, though, was made them slow down. It served its purpose. I didn’t think it was great by any stretch.”

• Kansas had won 19 straight games against Colorado, a former Big 12 foe, and Self was a perfect 18-0 against the Buffaloes.

• KU freshman center Joel Embiid had 10 points at halftime while dominating a smaller Colorado lineup, but he went scoreless in the second half while battling foul trouble. He ended up fouling out while attempting just one shot in the second half.

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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