Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points and Wayne Selden added 14 as No. 10 Kansas outlasted a furious rally from Oklahoma State to advance to the Big 12 tournament semifinals with a 76-70 win in overtime.
It was the second straight game that Wiggins absolutely took over with Joel Embiid out of the lineup, as hee had 41 points in a loss at West Virginia on Saturday. He has been aggressive attacking the basket off the dribble (29 free throws attempts in the two games) and is also hitting shots from the perimeter (5-for-11 from three), both of which he struggled to do at times earlier this season.
But perhaps more important is the fact that Wiggins is starting to get that ‘look’. You know the look I’m talking about. He’s taking games over. He’s starting to dominate on the offensive end of the floor. I’ve been saying all season long that the only thing that is really holding Wiggins back is his assertiveness and a seeming lack of confidence in his own ability.
That tide is turning, and it’s a scary proposition for opponents.
Remember, the Jayhawks just knocked off an Oklahoma State team that was finally playing like a preseason top ten team and they did it without a top three pick in the NBA Draft suiting up. Now, there is no guarantee that Embiid will make it back onto the court at any point this season, but if he does, just think about how good Kansas can be if they get this kind of dominating performance out of Wiggins?
That’s a scary proposition, right?
As far as the Cowboys are concerned, the biggest worry that they have moving forward is their extreme lack of depth. Between the injury to Michael Cobbins and the dismissal of Stevie Clark, Travis Ford essentially has a six-man team. Foul trouble seems like a constant problem for them, and if they were to suffer another serious injury, that could spell major, major trouble.
You can already see some nagging injuries popping up. Markel Brown is battling a calf issue and spent the last ten minutes on Thursday limping around. Le’Bryan Nash and Phil Forte both rolled ankles on Thursday as well. And that’s to say nothing of the toll playing such heavy minutes has taken on their legs. If Oklahoma State is going to make the Sweet 16, it means that they will have to win two games in three days. Will they have the energy to do it?
VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again
Watching Michigan State’s Miles Bridges throw down high-level dunks in local summer pro-ams has been a good way to pass the time the last few weeks.
The 6-foot-7 Bridges has been annihilating rims all summer as he had more ridiculous dunks on Tuesday night. Playing with former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and some of his current Spartans teammates, Bridges had more crowd-pleasing plays to add to his summer reel.
Minnesota is keeping a big-time shooter at home as Class of 2018 shooting guard Gabe Kalscheur pledged to the Golden Gophers on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 Kalscheur is the third in-state prospect to pledge to head coach Richard Pitino in the Class of 2018 as he joins three-star forward Jarvis Thomas and four-star big man Daniel Oturu. The three-star Kalscheur gives Minnesota a valuable floor spacer and a winner as he’s a three-time state champion at DeLaSalle. All three of these commitments also played together with Howard Pulley in the Nike EYBL.
During this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL, Kalscheur averaged 14.9 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range as he made 61 treys in 21 games.
Pitino has certainly done a nice job of keeping local players home as he’s hoping that trend continues with upcoming in-state five-star prospects like 2018 point guard Tre Jones and 2019 forward Matthew Hurt. The Golden Gophers will have to win national recruiting battles to keep those guys home, but they’ve done a nice job of getting the other guys that they need to keep home.
North Carolina and the NCAA have released additional responses and set the dates for a future hearing on Tuesday amid an investigation into paper classes given by the university’s African-American Studies Department.
The NCAA’s allegations center around UNC’s athletes — most notably members of football, men’s and women’s basketball teams — allegedly being guided to the fake classes in order to keep GPAs high enough to remain eligible. The fake classes typically had a high number of athletes enrolled each semester.
While North Carolina argued in May that this should be a school matter and not an NCAA matter, the NCAA responded to the matter in its belief that it has the right to investigate the classes. North Carolina is facing five top-level charges in the case with lack of institutional control among the charges.
A two-day hearing will be held with the NCAA in Nashville on August 16-17.
“The hearing is the next step in bringing closure to this longstanding issue by allowing us the opportunity to address the Committee on Infractions and present the facts,” said Joel Curran, vice chancellor of University communications. “The NCAA has requested certain individuals from the University attend the proceedings. It is standard practice for the current head coaches of programs referenced in a notice of allegations to attend. Therefore, Coaches Larry Fedora (football), Sylvia Hatchell (women’s basketball) and Roy Williams (men’s basketball) will accompany University representatives to the hearing.”