Andrew Wiggins couldn't find an answer to give to the media Friday Night. After another sub-par performance resulted in a semi final exit from the Big 12 Tournament to the hands of Iowa State inside the Sprint Center. Consumed with loss of detail and confusion, compelled Bill Self stating "we deserved to get the loss tonight."
Quite frankly Kansas did deserve the loss tonight that has become a looming theme for Kansas this season. Whether its bad effort on defense or Kansas losing the turnover battle. Reoccurring of poor play should be beyond these players minds at this point. Next week, Kansas enters the NCAA Tournament field where you can infer now that the "matchup game" is an overused term for this year's team at least. Instead should be enforced with "what effort will be shown by Kansas tonight."
Meaning how many times will Kansas show its potential in games. Iowa State shot 70% from the field in the 2nd Half. This year's team HAS to be the worst defensive team, Self has assembled in 11 years as coach.
The term "under achievement" might be spelled with KU's season so far. The Jayhawk's 9th loss tonight already eclipsed the most losses in 1 season Self has ever had at Kansas. 10 is soon to come, because right now the stress level for everyone heading into next week has to be incredibly high. Outside of Wiggins' 22 and Ellis 30 point performance. No one else was to be found on the stat sheet. Sure, Tharpe made decent plays with the ball. But Selden, Traylor, and himself were hidden again in another performance.
Wiggins' 22 points came from a sloppy shooting performance while coming back from playing the entire OT game Thursday vs Oklahoma State. Despite his dragging game, he still possessed effort on defensive end. Insuit, he has been the only defender all season that emits emotion on the floor. Ellis is a horriffic post up defender, continuosly shying away from contact in the paint.
Naadir Tharpe and Wayne Selden were left stranded alone on the perimeter giving up wide open space to Niang and Kane. They of which buried almost every one they shot.
This Big XII Tournament was actually meaningful for once. Kansas needed to find themselves in some sort of way with the absence of Embiid. The early loss doesn't deflate their seed line. Now lock at a #2. But the sole purpose of momentum and integrity. Let's be honest is anyone really scared to play Kansas next week? Most likely not. If you don't have more than 2 outlets on offense and if you play no perimeter defense. Signs are that making a deep run will be stiff
Confidence and leadership on this roster is currently right now in free-fall. Even though Andrew Wiggins said promptly "I still feel confident we can 6 in a row." Like the optimism Andrew, if only you were provided with help.