Thursday’s box score
No. 2 KU 87, Wake Forest 78
Percentages: FG .468, FT .684. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Tharpe 1-3, Wiggins 1-4, Mason 1-4, Selden, Jr. 0-1, White III 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Embiid 3). Turnovers: 9 (Mason 3, Tharpe, Traylor, Selden, Jr., Wiggins, Black, Ellis). Steals: 6 (Wiggins 3, Mason, White III, Ellis). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .464, FT .621. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Williams 2-3, McKie 2-3, Miller-McIntyre 2-5, Cavanaugh 2-5, Adala Moto 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 4 (Washington 2, Cavanaugh, McKie). Turnovers: 13 (Cavanaugh 4, Adala Moto 3, Jones 2, McKie 2, Thomas 2). Steals: 5 (McKie, Miller-McIntyre, Adala Moto, Cavanaugh, Jones). Technical Fouls: Thomas 2, Cavanaugh.
A—3,380. Officials—Mike Stuart, Gary Maxwell, Jeb Hartness.
Andrew Wiggins’ first two days in the Bahamas were anything but paradise.
According to Kansas coach Bill Self, Wiggins has been battling a rather nasty flu bug that may have hampered his energy level during Kansas’ 87-78 victory over Wake Forest in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
“He’s actually feeling better,” Self said. “He was really struggling the last two days.”
Wiggins, who has spent most of the two days in his room, managed to finish with 17 points and four rebounds, including 12 points during the second half. He is averaging 16.8 points after his first five games. Just for comparison, former KU guard Ben McLemore, who set KU’s freshman scoring mark last season, averaged 14 points in his first five games. McLemore finished the season averaging 15.9 points.
On Thursday, Wiggins, who was not made available to reporters after the game, finished strong down the stretch.
“He’s got to learn to play through it,” Self said. “He actually did some good things when he got back in there.”
After the game, Self revised his earlier prediction that close to 2,000 Kansas fans had made the trip to Atlantis for the tournament. The Imperial Arena seats 3,900 for basketball, and it appeared that the crowd was nearly 90 percent Kansas fans. “There had to be 3,000 fans there,” Self said.… Kansas continued to look dangerous on the offensive class, finishing with 15 offensive rebounds and 21 second-chance points. On the other hand, Kansas also allowed Wake Forest to grab 13 offensive rebounds. “We missed 33 shots and got 15 back, so that’s pretty good.” Self said. “But on the flip side … we didn’t defensively rebound as well as we could.”