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Jayhawk report Jayhawk report (March 15)

  • Published Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 8:03 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 8:04 a.m.

Friday’s box score

No. 16 Iowa St. 94, No. 10 Kansas 83

IOWA ST.MinFGFTRebAPFPT
Ejim376-115-71-52419
Hogue355-91-20-91212
Niang3311-222-30-27325
Morris353-44-41-22311
Kane357-151-12-66220
Long161-11-20-1124
Thomas10-00-00-0000
Edozie81-11-11-3023
Totals20034-6315-208-31191894

Percentages: FG .540, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 11-19, .579 (Kane 5-6, Ejim 2-4, Long 1-1, Morris 1-1, Hogue 1-3, Niang 1-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Ejim, Kane). Turnovers: 11 (Niang 8, Morris, Kane, Ejim). Steals: 7 (Kane 2, Ejim 2, Morris 2, Edozie). Technical Fouls: Bench.

KANSASMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Black183-50-05-10046
Ellis3711-127-82-71230
Selden, Jr353-102-21-3029
Tharpe310-35-60-2915
Wiggins347-217-102-70422
Mason121-30-00-0022
Greene151-30-00-1123
Frankamp20-00-00-0000
Traylor163-50-00-2036
Lucas00-00-00-0000
Totals20029-6221-2612-35112083

Percentages: FG .468, FT .808. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Ellis 1-1, Greene 1-2, Wiggins 1-4, Selden, Jr. 1-7, Mason 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 3 (Selden, Jr. 2, Traylor). Turnovers: 12 (Selden, Jr. 2, Black 2, Wiggins 2, Tharpe 2, Mason, Greene, Traylor, Ellis). Steals: 5 (Black, Tharpe, Selden, Jr., Mason, Wiggins). Technical Fouls: None.

Iowa St.464894
Kansas483583

A—NA. Officials—Mike Stuart, Doug Sirmons, Terry Oglesby.

Take a seed

After Friday’s loss, Kansas coach Bill Self said he expects to be a two or three seed in the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced on Sunday. After suffering a ninth loss, he doesn’t believe the Jayhawks have a chance for a No. 1.

“No shot,” he said.

The Jayhawks have suffered nine losses before the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.

“We played a really good schedule,” Self said, “and who knows if we’ll be a two (seed). I mean, who knows how the other games will play out, and we’re not going to be disappointed with whatever happens.”

For the most part, Kansas’ players said they’d be happy with any path to the Final Four in Arlington, Texas. But freshman Andrew Wiggins conceded that a No. 1 seed was coveted.

“I think every team wants to be a one-seed, no matter what anyone says, really,” Wiggins said. “The one-seed has the easiest path. But we fear no one. You give us any seed, we’re still going to fight to the end, and try to come out on top.”

One scenario: If the Jayhawks can land the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, that would set up a potential Elite Eight matchup with undefeated Wichita State, the likely No. 1 seed in the Midwest.

Wiggins said he’d discussed the possibility with his older brother Nick, a senior at Wichita State.

“We talk about it from time to time,” Wiggins said, before his voiced trailed off. “Not too much. We just play basketball.”

Worth noting

Junior guard Naadir Tharpe was 0 for 3 from the field with nine assists. Tharpe said his recent offensive slump had nothing to do with the dislocated thumb he suffered against Oklahoma State on March. 1.… After scoring 22 points on Friday, Wiggins has 93 points in his last three games.

Rustin Dodd

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