Post-Game Awards: Texas Tech

Beware of the Blog’s Player of the Game is Andrew Wiggins. And this one is by a landslide. In addition to Embiid, Wiggins appeared to be the only other Jayhawk that showed up to play in Lubbock. Not only did he cary the load offensively, but he had the game winning layup to boot. It seemed like the entire second half game plan was to give it to Wiggins and let him drive it to the rim. Texas Tech had absolutely no answer to it. Wiggins played 35 minutes in this one and finished with 19 points on 55% shooting (he went 1-for-4 from three) and added 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, two blocks and 2 turnovers. His victory gives him a two game lead over Perry Ellis who, after securing the award in the TCU game, had a night to forget against the Red Raiders.

Current Standings:

  • 1. Andrew Wiggins (7)
  • 2. Perry Ellis (5)
  • T-3. Naadir Tharpe (4)
  • T-3. Wayne Selden (4)
  • T-4. Joel Embiid (2)
  • T-4. Frank Mason (2)
  • T-5. Tarik Black (1)
  • T-5. Brannen Greene (1)

You let the whole team down Naadir Tharpe. Tharpe, who has been such a hot shooter in Big 12 play, went flat for at least one night. In his team high 38 minutes, he contributed a mere six points shooting only 14.3% for the game. On top of that, he gave the ball away four times to only two assists. Two of those were back to back in crunch time which had Jayhawk fans across the nation pulling their collective hair out. Let’s hope Tharpe has a short memory because KU will need him at his best when Texas comes to town this weekend in a game that could go a long way towards sealing KU’s 10th straight Big 12 title if they pull it out.