Post-Game Awards: Iowa State

Beware of the Blog’s Player of the Game is Naadir Tharpe. This was an all-around great performance from the Jayhawks, especially from the starting five. In fact, it is probably the best that all five starters have played in one game. For long stretches, KU was clearly dominating ISU on both ends of the floor. If not for some timely three-point shooting by the Cyclones, the score may have been more lopsided. The starters combined for all but six of KU’s 92 points. In the end, the best player on the floor may have been Andrew Wiggins. He followed up his impressive 27-point coming-out party at TCU with a new career-high 29 points in a game where he shot 63% from the field and added seven rebounds.

However, I am going to go with Mr. Tharpe who has blossomed into the floor general for the Jayhawks, doing what they need when they need it. When the offense is struggling, he scores points in bunches. When the offense is purring along like a well-oiled machines, he sits back and facilitates. That is what he did for KU last night, dropping 12 dimes to one turnover where he traveled on a wide-open layup. He also hit timely buckets when KU was in need, amassing 12 points in addition to six rebounds. This was also his first career double-double.

Current Standings:

  • 1. Andrew Wiggins (6)
  • 2. Perry Ellis (4)
  • 3. Naadir Tharpe (3)
  • T-4. Joel Embiid (2)
  • T-4. Frank Mason (2)
  • T-4. Wayne Selden (2)
  • 5. Tarik Black (1)

You let the whole team down Frank Mason. Mason really struggled in this one. He shot only 20% from the field and had 3 bad turnovers. He also proved to be a liability on defense for the first time all season, struggling with the mismatches that ISU likes to create. Specifically, Kane had his was with the undersized freshman.

  • upon further review, i’m pretty sure tharpe didn’t even travel on that drive. should’ve been 0 turnovers.

    • I agree. In fact, I wasn’t even referring to the one he was charged for. The play where Selden saved it to him and he took his eyes off the ball and lost it by the bench is the TO he should have been credited for. It probably went to Selden. That was right at the start of the game, and after that he played famously.