As KU awaits NCAA seed, Wiggins ponders his last chance in college

Nearly 35 minutes earlier, KU had fallen 94-83 to Iowa State in the Big 12 semifinals, and if reality hadn’t set in yet, Andrew Wiggins began to sense the moment. The next time Kansas loses will be the last time he suits up for a college game. “We have another chance,” Wiggins said. “This is a lot of the teammates’ first experience at the postseason, so we just have one more chance left.”

KU’s defense is exposed in loss to Iowa State

Iowa State has its best win of the season, 94-83 over Kansas in a Big 12 semifinal, and the Jayhawks have a reminder to the college basketball world: they are mediocre defensively, and the team that knocks them out of the NCAA Tournament will likely take advantage of this.

Kansas falls to Iowa State 94-83 in Big 12 semifinals

For 40 minutes Friday night, Iowa State victimized Kansas with an offensive clinic in the Jayhawks’ 94-83 loss in the Big 12 semifinals. In the first half, it was a three-point barrage — Iowa State hit eight of 12. In the second half, it was a layup line. For the night, the Cyclones shot 54 percent, the second team in three games to eclipse 90 points against KU.

KU survives Oklahoma State rally and escapes with 77-70 overtime win

In the final seconds, Bill Self moved toward the end of the Kansas bench, handing out high-fives as the Rock Chalk Chant began to echo through the Sprint Center. Perhaps it was harder than it needed to be, but the 10th-ranked Jayhawks had survived a second-half lapse and overtime in a 77-70 victory over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Self experiments with small KU lineup in second half

Bill Self experimented with his rotations on Thursday, playing freshman wing Brannen Greene at the four spot while employing a small lineup in the second half. The Jayhawks were facing foul trouble — Perry Ellis and Tarik Black both had four fouls — and post depth was a question mark with freshman center Joel Embiid on the sideline.

Andrew Wiggins delivers when it matters most for KU

Andrew Wiggins stepped nimbly into the postseason with a 30-point, eight-rebound performance in KU’s 77-70 overtime win over Oklahoma State in a Big 12 quarterfinal at the Sprint Center. It was pivotal because KU was coming off two losses in its last three games and doubts were surfacing about its trajectory and NCAA-seeding traction minus Joel Embiid.

Joel Embiid’s dad says he’s hopeful son can return for KU this season

Thomas Embiid, the father of KU freshman center Joel Embiid, is still hopeful he’ll see his son play in person before the end of the season, telling The Star that his son’s back injury wasn’t “too serious.” “It’s improving,” Thomas Embiid said Thursday from the Sprint Center before KU played Oklahoma State. “Hopefully he can come back soon.”

KU's Andrew Wiggins can burnish his reputation in March

For those who have watched Andrew Wiggins lead the Jayhawks to a 10th straight Big 12 championship, here's the question about his big-game reputation: If Wiggins can rise to the occasion, playing his most beautiful basketball against the most high-profile opponents, why doesn't he turn it on more often?

NCAA committee will consider Embiid injury while judging Kansas

The NCAA selection committee will hunker down in a room on Sunday in Indianapolis, piecing together a bracket of 68 teams. The committee members will consider many variables: Quality wins. Strength of schedule. And this year, yes, injuries. The latest test case for how the committee should deal with a team's health: It’s right here in Kansas.

All-decade draft: Pick the best of three KU teams using players from last 10 years

With some help from fans, Rustin Dodd, our KU beat writer, Tod Palmer, our Mizzou writer, and Kellis Robinett, our K-State writer, have drafted three teams using only players from the last 10 years at the schools they cover. Today, we present the three KU all-decade teams and are asking you to vote for the one you think would be the best. MU and K-State fans, you’ll get your chance Tuesday and Wednesday.