The Kansas faithful, as well as a good portion of the country, have been patiently waiting for an Andrew Wiggins break out game and the Freshman Canadian native delivered as the #8 Kansas Jayhawks (15-4, 6-0 Big 12) traveled to Fort Worth Saturday night to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (9-10, 0-7 Big 12).
The 6-8 Freshman phenom scored 17 of his career-high 27 points in the first half of Saturday’s 91-69 victory over TCU. Wiggins had everything working for him tonight, scoring the ball from both inside and outside, completely dominating the game along with fellow Freshman Joel Embiid. Wiggins added 5 rebounds and 5 assists to his stellar performance and shot 9-10 from the free throw line.
Joel Embiid was unstoppable around the rim in the Jayhawks rout over TCU Saturday. The 7-0 Freshman Center scored 14 points on 4-8 shooting from the field and 6-11 shooting from the free throw line. The Cameroonian also compiled 6 rebounds and 3 blocks before eventually fouling out. Embiid gave Jayhawk fans a huge scare when he fell to the ground clutching his knee after a collision with a TCU player. Embiid was able to return to the game. Foul trouble has continued to be a pesky issue with the Jayhawk Center.
Despite a rough outing from the field (2-8, 8 points), Sophomore sensation Perry Ellis was a magnet on the boards, corralling a career-high 14 rebounds. Naadir Tharpe also had a quiet night, finishing the game with 4 assists and 0 turnovers while attempting 0 shots from the field or free throw line. Wayne Selden was good tonight, scoring 12 points and adding 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
The bench has been huge for the Jayhawks as they season has progressed. Landen Lucas gave Coach Bill Self some fantastic minutes in place of the injured Tarik Black, who rolled his ankle in Kansas’ win over Baylor earlier in the week. Lucas finished the game with 7 points on 3-4 shooting and 5 rebounds. Frank Mason and Brannen Greene also had good performances, each finishing with 6 points on 100% shooting from the field. Sophomore Jamari Traylor also added 8 points of his own to the winning effort.
TCU matched all the effort of Kansas tonight, but lacked the size and talent to match up with one of the nation’s best teams. Four Horned Frogs scored in double-digits tonight, led by Brandon Parrish who scored 15 points. Amric Fields finished with 13, Kyan Anderson had 12 points and 8 assists, and Christian Gore scored 11 off the bench.
Kansas improves to 6-0 in the Big 12 and is clicking on all cylinders at just the right time. The #8 Jayhawks are back in action Wednesday night, where they will take on the #16 Iowa State Cyclones at home in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.