The Kansas Jayhawks have two players that are not only good college players, but are vying to be the first pick in the NBA Draft. So one would think that they would take care of teams pretty easily, right? Well, usually.
Kansas fell to Kansas State last night, 85-52. That is despite Andrew Wiggins going all kinds of bonkers late, which included an amazing follow on his own missed show.
A few negative things immediately pop out if you watched the game. None more so than Kansas’ inability to defend ball-screens. In fact, their defense looked pretty horrid overall, but defending something as simple as a ball-screen is going to be important when the NCAA Tournament starts.
The game was not the only loss of the evening, though. Joel Embiid missed the majority of the second half with a knee and back issue. Embiid’s knee has apparently been in some pain ever since the TCU game. Kansas coach, Bill Self, said after the game that he might have to let Embiid rest and that could potentially mean the behemoth could miss a few games.
A healthy Kansas team going into March is far more important than a win in February. A lot of Kansas’ defensive woes can be pinned on Embiid not being on the floor during the second-half. So overreacting to this loss is pretty lame. Especially if you consider the fact that the Jayhawks play to be important in March, not against Kansas State.
Backhanded compliments all-around!