Saturday’s box score
No. 25 Texas 81, No. 6 Kansas 69
Percentages: FG .385, FT .684. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Selden, Jr. 2-6, Tharpe 1-1, Wiggins 1-2, Mason 1-2, Greene 1-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 4 (Embiid 2, Traylor, Selden, Jr.). Turnovers: 12 (Embiid 3, Selden, Jr. 3, Tharpe 2, Wiggins 2, Ellis, Mason). Steals: 4 (Black, Wiggins, Traylor, Tharpe). Technical Fouls: Mason.
Percentages: FG .429, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Croaker 1-2, Holmes 1-2, Taylor 1-2, Felix 0-2, Lammert 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 12 (Ibeh 4, Ridley 4, Holmes 3, Lammert). Turnovers: 11 (Holland 2, Ridley 2, Taylor 2, Croaker, Ibeh, Felix, Lammert). Steals: 7 (Holmes 3, Holland 2, Ridley, Taylor). Technical Fouls: None.
A—16,540. Officials—Joe DeRosa, Ray Natili, Keith Kimble.
Wiggins quiet on offense
After averaging 28 points in his last two games, freshman wing Andrew Wiggins was a non-factor against Texas. He was 0 for 9 from the field before hitting his first field goal with 12:06 left in the game. He finished 2 of 12 — and just 1 of 10 on shots inside the three-point line. He was 1 for 8 on two-point jumpers.
“I think that he settled a lot today,” KU coach Bill Self said. “And I think that they played him smart and kept him out of the paint.”
Texas’ Demarcus Holland guarded Wiggins for most of the afternoon. But the inside presence of Texas’ shot-blockers may have bothered Wiggins just as much.
“(Cameron Ridley) and Prince Ibeh were scaring him,” Holland said, “so he started settling for jump shots.”
Junior Naadir Tharpe, who continues to be hot and cold on offense, had just three points on 1-for-4 shooting. It was the third time in four games that Tharpe has taken fewer than four shots.
“We know what we need to do on the court,” Tharpe said. “And I don’t feel like we did it as a whole. Starting off with me, I don’t feel like I played well at all.”
By the end, Self had replaced Tharpe with freshman Frank Mason.
“I’m not getting on anybody, but there’s a reason he wasn’t in the game late, because I felt like he wasn’t impacting the game on either end,” Self said. “But Naadir has played great for us. But certainly, I felt like we were better off having a guy in the game that could drive it and put pressure on the defense.”
• Senior forward Tarik Black had two points in six minutes after missing two games because of an ankle injury. Self said freshman guard Conner Frankamp (knee) could be out a few more days and dismissed the idea that center Joel Embiid’s recent knee sprain has affected his play.
• Count Texas coach Rick Barnes among those who do not like the “Overrated” chant. After Texas fans chanted it during the second half, Barnes said this during the postgame news conference: “I think that’s the dumbest thing fans have ever done,” he said. “... I’ve never understood it.”
• Texas defeated Kansas in Austin for the first time since 2008, the year both teams shared the regular-season Big 12 title and KU went on to win the NCAA title.