AUSTIN, Texas — After averaging 28 points in his last two games, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins was a non-factor against Texas. He was zero for nine from the field before hitting his first field goal with 12:06 left in the game. He finished two of 12 — and just one of 10 on shots inside the three-point line. He was one for eight on two-point jumpers.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
“I think that he settled a lot today,” KU coach Bill Self said. “And I think that they played him smart and kept him out of the paint.”
Texas’ Demarcus Holland guarded Wiggins for most of the afternoon. But the inside presence of Texas’ shot-blockers may have bothered Wiggins just as much.
“(Cameron Ridley) and Prince Ibeh were scaring him,” Texas’ Demarcus Holland said, “so he started settling for jump shots.”
• Junior Naadir Tharpe, who continues to be hot and cold on offense, had just three points on one-of-four shooting. It was the third time in four games that Tharpe has taken fewer than four shots.
“We know what we need to do on the court,” Tharpe said. “And I don’t feel like we did it as a whole. Starting off with me, I don’t feel like I played well at all.”
By the end, Self had replaced Tharpe with freshman Frank Mason.
“I’m not getting on anybody, but there’s a reason he wasn’t in the game late, because I felt like he wasn’t impacting the game on either end,” Self said. “But Naadir has played great for us. But certainly, I felt like we were better off having a guy in the game that could drive it and put pressure on the defense.”
• Senior forward Tarik Black had two points in 6 minutes after missing two games because of an ankle injury. Self said freshman guard Conner Frankamp (knee) could be out a few more days and dismissed the idea that center Joel Embiid’s recent knee sprain affected his play.
• Count Texas coach Rick Barnes among those who do not like the “Overrated” chant. After Texas fans chanted it during the second half, Barnes said this during the postgame news conference: “I think that's the dumbest thing fans have ever done,” he said. “I've never understood it.”
• Texas defeated Kansas in Austin for the first time since 2008, the year both teams shared the regular-season Big 12 title and KU won the NCAA title.
• Key play: Texas’ Jonathan Holmes blocked Brannen Greene’s three-point attempt, leading to a run-out. Holmes drew a foul on Greene and absorbed dead-ball contact from freshman Frank Mason, who was given a technical foul. Holmes made three of four free throws and Texas led 38-21.
• Key stat: KU’s Andrew Wiggins was zero of seven from the field.
• Key play: Texas’ Cameron Ridley dunked on KU freshman Joel Embiid, stretching the lead to 47-27 after the three-point play.
• Key stat: Texas had 12 blocks.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org