KU's Andrew Wiggins scored 41 points and had eight rebounds and five steals to help lead a comeback from 25 points down in the second half, but the No. 8 Jayhawks fell short in a 92-86 loss to West Virgina in Morgantown.
Kansas coach Bill Self said freshman center Joel Embiid’s aching back will be evaluated by specialists on Sunday. Embiid, who has missed the last two games because of a lower-back strain, didn’t travel with the team to West Virginia.
Missouri is a frustrated bunch right now, and perhaps nobody is more frustrated that junior Jabari Brown, whose season scoring average dipped below 20 points after an eight-point outing Saturday at Tennessee.
Even from more than 700 miles away, the sound of Missouris NCAA Tournament bubble bursting could be heard loud and clear Saturday after a sluggish 72-45 loss at Tennessee. Missouri, 21-10 overall and 9-9 in the Southeastern Conference, was a nonfactor after the opening 7 minutes as its recent cold-shooting trend continued.
Everything appeared to be going Kansas State's way at halftime against Baylor, when they led 33-25, but the game spiraled away from there, ending the Wildcats' 15-game home winning streak on senior day.
Kansas State honored its four seniors Will Spradling, Shane Southwell, Omari Lawrence and walk-on Ryan Schultz in a pregame ceremony and throughout the game with video tributes. They produced ovation after ovation. But not on the court. All four seniors struggled, combing for 11 points.
The Big 12 mens basketball tournament starts Wednesday at the Sprint Center. Here is a printable bracket.
The Star picks Kansas freshman wing Andrew Wiggins and Florida senior guard Scottie Wilbekin as the players of the year in the Big 12 and SEC, respectively.
The Southeastern Conference mens basketball tournament starts Wednesday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Here is a printable bracket.
With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
UMKCs basketball team returns home tonight, but its a temporary new residence, the Independence Center. The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association is playing its tournament this week at Municipal Auditorium, where the Kangaroos usually play their home games.
Harrison, the freshman from Kansas City, turned in his best game of the season, scoring a season-best 31 points, including 22 of the Kangaroos’ 45 in the second half as they won 85-80 at Grand Canyon University.