Saturdays box score
West Virginia 92, No. 8 Kansas 86
Percentages: FG .452, FT .688. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Mason 3-4, Wiggins 2-5, Selden, Jr. 2-5, Greene 1-1, Ellis 0-1, White III 0-1, Tharpe 0-2, Frankamp 0-4). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 7 (Wiggins 4, Ellis, Traylor, Lucas). Turnovers: 11 (Wiggins 4, Mason 2, Selden, Jr. 2, Traylor, Tharpe, White III). Steals: 8 (Wiggins 5, White III, Tharpe, Traylor). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .529, FT .725. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Harris 5-7, Dibo 2-3, Adrian 1-2, Browne 1-3, Henderson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Harris, Dibo, Watkins). Turnovers: 13 (Staten 4, Harris 4, Williams 2, Browne 2, Watkins). Steals: 7 (Henderson 2, Noreen, Williams, Adrian, Staten, Harris). Technical Fouls: Bench.
A14,038. OfficialsMark Whitehead, Terry Oglesby, Bret Smith.
Embiid to be re-evaluated
Kansas coach Bill Self said freshman center Joel Embiids aching back will be evaluated by specialists on Sunday.
Self is hopeful Embiid can get back on the practice court soon. But hes most focused on getting Embiid back for the NCAA Tournament. Embiid, who has missed the last two games because of a lower-back strain, didnt travel with the team to West Virginia.
Hopefully well get real positive news, Self said. And were hopeful that he can be back out on the practice floor very, very soon. But were not going to put him back out there just because he feels better. Were going to put him out there because the doctor says its time to put him out there.
We still dont think its going to affect the NCAA Tournament in any way.
Embiid, who is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds, has missed three games this year because of injury.
As the game turned ugly on Saturday, Embiid turned to Twitter.
Come on, Embiid tweeted.
Self did not want to use Embiids absence as an excuse, though he did concede it hurt KU on the glass.
Weve been a pretty good rebounding team, and tonight we werent a good rebounding team, Self said. And having Jo would have probably helped that cause.
• Andrew Wiggins was announced as one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award on Saturday. The honor will be handed out at the Final Four. The others are: UCLAs Kyle Anderson, Wichita States Cleanthony Early, Syracuses Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair, Michigan States Gary Harris, Arizonas Nick Johnson, Cincinnatis Sean Kilpatrick, Creightons Doug McDermott, Connecticuts Shabazz Napier, Dukes Jabari Parker, Floridas Casey Prather, Kentuckys Julius Randle, Louisvilles Russ Smith and Michigans Nik Stauskas.
• Kansas will face the winner of No. 8-seed Oklahoma State and No. 9-seed Texas Tech in the Big 12 quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The eighth seed was in question until Oklahoma States loss at Iowa State on Saturday.
• After Saturdays loss, Self endorsed West Virginias Juwan Staten as the leagues best true point guard, saying he viewed Iowa States DeAndre Kane and Oklahoma States Marcus Smart as point guards. Staten finished with 24 points, nine assists and five rebounds. When you talk about a true lead guard, theres no question hes the best, Self said. I think Kane is a little bit different, and Marcus is a little different. But if those three are playing point guard for their respective teams, that team has got a chance to be really good.