Tuesdays box score
No. 8 Kansas 64, Texas Tech 63
Percentages: FG .452, FT .733. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Selden, Jr. 2-4, Wiggins 1-4, Tharpe 1-5, Greene 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 3 (Wiggins 2, Embiid). Turnovers: 11 (Tharpe 4, Embiid 3, Wiggins 2, Ellis). Steals: 6 (Ellis 2, Wiggins 2, Black, Tharpe). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .471, FT .643. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (Crockett 2-3, Hannahs 2-5, Williams, Jr. 1-1, Turner 1-2, Tolbert 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 2 (Onwuasor, Tapsoba). Turnovers: 9 (Turner 3, Tolbert 2, Gotcher, Hannahs, Onwuasor, Kravic). Steals: 6 (Tolbert 2, Turner 2, Hannahs, Crockett). Technical Fouls: None.
A12,667. OfficialsTom Eades, Rick Crawford, Keith Kimble.
Embiid feels healthy
So far, so good for Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid.
After missing the Jayhawks victory over TCU on Saturday while resting a balky knee and aching back, Embiid returned with 18 points and eight rebounds Tuesday while playing 32 minutes in KUs 64-63 victory at Texas Tech.
It was more minutes than Kansas coach Bill Self planned on playing Embiid he wanted to limit him to around 25 but Embiid said he felt good after the game.
Wiggins said it looked like the old Embiid.
The mobility and everything is back, Wiggins said. He was unstoppable. If he doesnt get double-teamed, he scores or he gets fouled. So its good to have him back.
After some hot shooting early, the Jayhawks struggled from the three-point line, hitting 4 of 14 from behind the arc.
But Self called Wayne Selden Jr.s three-pointer in the final minutes the second biggest shot of the game behind Wiggins game-winner. Seldens shot cut the Texas Tech lead to 59-58. The Jayhawks also got into the bonus early in the second half, so Self instructed his players to drive or throw the ball inside on nearly every possession.
When (Naadir Tharpe) doesnt make shots, sometimes its a crapshoot, Self said. And there were so many stoppages the second half, nobody got tired. I probably should have played the bench more but I didnt. But the whole deal was to play inside out late.