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?
NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.
Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.
The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.
Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.
SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.
South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer
Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.
Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.
Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.
N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels
The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.
N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.