The No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks committed an atrocious 24 turnovers in their 67-61 defeat against the No. 19 Florida Gators. Freshman phenom and projected top-three pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, slasher Andrew Wiggins delivered a masterful performance, however, recording 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Shooting an efficient 7-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, Wiggins also connected on all eight of his free throw attempts. He was arguably the best player on the court. Coming off two duds against Villanova, in which he scored 10 points, and UTEP, when he scored just six points, he has responded nicely, scoring 22 points in the Jayhawks’ loss against Colorado on Saturday, before his 26 points today.
As for the rest of the Jayhawks, they certainly struggled in this contest.
Perry Ellis just scored four points, Joel Embiid pitched in six and Wayne Selden, Jr. netted only four points. No other Jayhawk but Wiggins scored in double figures.
Kansas has now dropped three out of their last four games, and has been largely disappointing so far this season. On a team with so much talent and so many expectations, it really looks like it’s a chemistry issue. The 24 turnovers in this game kind of back up that point. Five Jayhawks had at least three turnovers. You certainly aren’t going to win like that.
Bill Self may have a few sleepless nights ahead of him, until they take on a talented New Mexico Lobos team on Saturday night in Kansas. Let’s see if his young team can respond against the high-scoring Lobos’ offense.