Earlier this week, I picked the Oklahoma State Cowboys to beat the Kansas Jayhawks, considering the desperation of the Cowboys and lack of Joel Embiid for Kansas. Through this, I learned a valuable lesson — never go against a guy named Andrew Wiggins.
In the 2nd round of the Big 12 tournament, it took overtime for the Jayhawks to finally put away the scrappy Cowboys 77-70, behind Wiggins near double-double with 30 points and eight rebounds. The performance followed up his 41-point showing on the road against West Virginia, which points to Wiggins learning how to step up and take over games, both offensively and on the boards.
In the final minutes of regulation, Wiggins had a series where he went to the hardwood to gain possession for Kansas, sprinted back on offense, and finished a game-changing dunk over Le’Bryan Nash.
However, it’s more than just the numbers or individual performances Wiggins puts up. It’s the way he is stepping up at the right time and learning to be the aggressor and leader his critics have said he wasn’t all season long. In fact, Embiid being out at this point in the season could be the perfect storm for the emergence of Wiggins.
As for now, Iowa State and Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim await the Jayhawks. The previous two matchups left the Cyclones on the losing end, and Ejim would love to finally get his revenge when it matters. Wiggins, on the other hand, seems invincible at this point, and picking against Kansas against seems to be out of the picture.