Saturday’s 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.
A—14,038. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Terry Oglesby, Bret Smith.
Embiid to be re-evaluated
Kansas coach Bill Self said freshman center Joel Embiid’s aching back will be evaluated by specialists on Sunday.
Self is hopeful Embiid can get back on the practice court soon. But he’s most focused on getting Embiid back for the NCAA Tournament. Embiid, who has missed the last two games because of a lower-back strain, didn’t travel with the team to West Virginia.
“Hopefully we’ll get real positive news,” Self said. “And we’re hopeful that he can be back out on the practice floor very, very soon. But we’re not going to put him back out there just because he feels better. We’re going to put him out there because the doctor says it’s time to put him out there.
“We still don’t think it’s 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 Embiid’s absence as an excuse, though he did concede it hurt KU on the glass.
“We’ve been a pretty good rebounding team, and tonight we weren’t a good rebounding team,” Self said. “And having Jo would have probably helped that cause.”