The Kansas Jayhawks suffered their first conference loss of the season following their 92-81 victory over Iowa State January 29. February 1, the Jayhawks traveled into Austin to take on the #25 Texas Longhorns.
Unfortunately, the Jayhawks neglected to show up the majority of this game and were ultimately handed their first Big 12 conference loss of the season, falling 81-69 to Texas.
Wayne Selden, Jr. was the lone bright spot for the Jayhawks in their loss to Texas, scoring 21 points on 8-16 shooting. Andrew Wiggins, coming off his career-high 29 point scoring performance against the Cyclones, managed to only tally 7 points on 2-12 shooting. The Jayhawks as a unit, who on average shoot 50%+ from the field, accumulated a rather sub-par 39% shooting effort.
Following the Texas loss, the Jayhawks bounced back with marginal wins over Baylor on the road, defeating the Bears 69-52 and West Virginia at home in an 83-69 victory.
The Jayhawks 69-52 victory over Baylor posed a much better offensive performance for Kansas. Naadir Tharpe, who has been quiet in his scoring this season while buying into his floor general role, was just a point shy of his career-high, scoring 22 points on 9-13 shooting while adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Perry Ellis had a phenomenal game, scoring 14 points and adding 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Wiggins had a much better performance despite a 4-13 shooting performance. Wiggins scored 14 points while adding 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 block in 35 minutes played.
The scoring became even more balanced for Kansas in their 83-69 home victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday afternoon. Andrew Wiggins led the way for Kansas with 19 points scored on 6-14 shooting in 38 minutes played. Wayne Selden, Jr., who has been breaking out of his shell as a scorer as each game goes on, complimented Wiggins’ 19 points with 17 of his own on 5-7 shooting. Joel Embiid posted his 6th double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds in only 17 minutes played. With Embiid in foul trouble, Senior Memphis transfer C Tarik Black gave the Jayhawks a nice boost off the bench, scoring 11 points on 3-3 shooting and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes played.
The Kansas Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1 Big 12) face off in the second installation of the Sunflower Showdown this season tonight in Manhattan to take on in-state rival Kansas State (16-7, 6-4 Big 12).