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Jayhawk report Jayhawk report: KU 87, Wake Forest 78

  • Published Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at 9:47 p.m.

Thursday’s box score

No. 2 KU 87, Wake Forest 78

KANSASMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Wiggins256-134-72-44117
Black163-41-21-1137
Ellis233-83-41-7129
Selden, Jr213-72-42-2128
Tharpe271-52-20-2215
Mason234-94-61-23213
White III172-62-31-4136
Embiid154-62-22-60410
Frankamp90-04-60-1014
Traylor243-42-21-5128
Totals20029-6226-3815-39142187

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.

WAKE FORESTMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Thomas194-70-01-4048
McKie322-60-13-6226
Cavanaugh273-73-41-80411
Miller-McIntyre3410-164-71-34126
Jones333-54-80-04110
Williams183-62-21-10210
Overton30-10-00-1000
Washington101-12-22-3034
Rountree III80-00-01-1020
Adala Moto160-73-52-4053
Totals20026-5618-2913-35102478

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.

Kansas404787
Wake Forest265278

A—3,380. Officials—Mike Stuart, Gary Maxwell, Jeb Hartness.

Island bug

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.”

Worth noting

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.”

Rustin Dodd

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