Kansas struggled with some effort issues early on against TCU, but responded to take down the Horned Frogs by 30. The Jayhawks dominated in all facets of the game (except getting to the free throw line) en route to scoring 1.42 points per possession and allowing just .97 PPP. The defense struggled mightily in the first half but something tells me HCBS lit a fire under them at halftime and the result was a lockdown defensive effort in the 2nd half for the Jayhawks.
Kansas dominated on the glass, grabbing 52% of their misses and allowing TCU to grab just 19.2% of theirs. Kansas also dominated in the paint, shooting 75% from two while TCU shot 45% inside the arc. Interior defense was an issue again with no Embiid, but with reports he will return tomorrow night, I'll be interested to see if that fixes some of the problems on that side of the ball. To judge with the naked eye, the perimeter defense improved as well.
Again, the Jayhawks struggled shooting beyond the arc, shooting 5-19 from three. Brannen Greene sitting no doubt hurt somewhat, but even with the rough shooting effort, the Jayhawks still lead the league in three point shooting, making 38% of their threes in league play.
Kansas is up to +.16 points per possession in Big 12 play, best in the league. 2nd is Texas at +.08.
Andrew Wiggins: 8.5. Wiggins was 6-8 from two, 1-3 from three, and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He was also his usual disruptive self defensively. I think. I'm not going to lie I was watching Olympics.
Wayne Selden: 7. After disappearing against Kansas State, it was nice to see Selden come out and have an impact. He was 6-8 from two and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He struggled from beyond the arc, however, making just 1 of his 5 threes.
Perry Ellis: 9.5. I'm not giving Perry a 10 because it was TCU but he had a career high 32 points, shot 11-13 from two, and 2-2 from three. Doesn't get much more efficient than that. He also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists, so you enjoyed having him on your fantasy team on Saturday.
Naadir Tharpe: 7.5. Tharpe struggled a bit shooting wise, so thank God it was just TCU. He had 4 assists and just 1 turnover, but missed all of his threes. His high grade here though comes from him recognizing that when other scorers are playing well, he doesn't need to shoot much.
Jamari Traylor: 8. Traylor was 5-6 from the field and pulled down 8 rebounds, making an impactful return from his suspension.
Andrew White: 10. White finally got some playing time and responded by blocking a shot on his first possession. He went 2-2 from two and grabbed a rebound. #freeandrewwhite