Round of 64: Kansas vs Eastern Kentucky
The duel vs EKU was the first shot the world saw Andrew Wiggins in the NCAA Tournament — on the biggest stage, where the lights shine the brightest. Wiggins did not disappoint, of course his opponent wasn’t anything menacing, but still. Wiggins played 37 minutes in this game, scoring 19 points (game high), four rebounds and two blocks. Wiggins went 7-of-13 from the field, missed his only attempt from deep and knocked down all five of his free throws. As a team, Kansas missed all seven of their free-throw attempts. Most importantly, Kansas came out with the win. Which is a lot more than the world can say about Jabari Parker and his Duke Blue Devils. Maybe more important, Wiggins impressed on the defensive end, which is also something that Parker can’t say. Parker was subbed out of the game during the a crucial defensive possession for the Blue Devils. Wiggins showed his ability to be somewhat of a pretty nice rim protector at his position, even though he obviously isn’t the main option to protect the rim. His length and athleticism make him a nightmare on defense.
Most of his points came off the ball, which is encouraging. He showed the ability to move without the ball, which is a lot of growth from earlier in the season. Earlier in the season, I noticed that Wiggins would stand off in the corner a lot when the ball wasn’t in his hands. Against EKU, Wiggins scored off of cuts to the basket and finished with dunks. These are just little things, but these are what complete a player. Wiggins is improving.
So, Wiggins next game will come in a few hours, at 12:15. Kansas will be taking on No. 10-seeded Stanford. The winner will be awaiting one of the many Cinderella’s in this years tournament in the Sweet 16 in the Dayton Flyers. Don’t pay attention to the seeds in this game, well, we all should have learned that after the round of 64. All these teams deserve to be where they are and shouldn’t be taken lightly by anyone.
Round of 32: Kansas vs Stanford
Of course, everyone is looking for a big game from Wiggins. He is averaging 28 points per game in his last four contests and he’s solidifying his place as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Jayhawks will still be without center Joel Embiid, who has been out since the Big 12 Conference Tournament with a stress fracture in his back. Hopefully, Embiid can be back for the Sweet 16, if Kansas advances, that is. Look for a big game from Wiggins on both the offensive and defensive end. Make sure to envision Wiggins in a Sixers jersey too while you’re watching.
This game tips off at 12:15 PM, make sure to tune in.