LAWRENCE — Andrew Wiggins is from Canada, Wayne Selden from Massachusetts and Joel Embiid from the African nation of Cameroon. None of them grew up around the Kansas basketball program.
None of them grew up around the Jayhawks’ rivalry with Kansas State.
So all week, the trio of freshmen — along with the rest of the Jayhawks — were subjected to videos on the rivalry. Kansas coach Bill Self wanted to drive home the importance that those games against the Wildcats have taken on over the years.
The message must have come through quite clearly.
Wiggins scored 22 points, Selden added 20 and the No. 18 Jayhawks routed the 25th-ranked Wildcats 86-60 on Saturday for their sixth straight win in the series.
“We wanted to put them in a mindset of the energy and the type of emotion this game has been played with in the past,” Self said. “It might have helped. I don’t know.”
It sure seemed as if it helped. Embiid contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, and Perry Ellis scored 12 as Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) shot 56 percent and committed just seven turnovers.
“It just shows we’re the dominant team in Kansas,” Wiggins said.
The Wildcats (12-4, 2-1), who had won their last 10 games, lost their seventh straight at Allen Fieldhouse and for the 48th time in the last 51 meetings.
Nino Williams had 12 points and Thomas Gipson scored 10 to lead Kansas State, but top scorer Marcus Foster was held to just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.
They have great depth. They’ve got so many weapons,” Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said. “You try to take away something and you have to give something, and they made shots.”
Just about the only thing that didn’t go right for Kansas came late in the game, when Embiid threw an elbow that clipped Williams in the face. Embiid got a technical foul and was ejected, but a Big 12 official said he would not be suspended for Monday night’s game at Iowa State.
“Regardless of what took prior, you have to be tough enough to think, ‘Next play,’” Self said. “That’s frustrating to me that it would happen, even if it was a situation where it was retaliatory, and I have no idea if it was.”
Kansas State actually hung tough through the first 10 minutes of the game, finding a basket every time the frenzied crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse reached a throaty roar. But a couple of foul shots by Selden and a 3-pointer by Conner Frankamp set the Jayhawks off and running.
Tarik Black’s basket in the paint finished off a 9-2 surge, and a put-back by Ellis off his own miss a few minutes later wrapped up another 9-2 run and gave Kansas a 33-18 lead.
Selden, coming off a career-best 24 points at Oklahoma, knocked down a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to send the Jayhawks into the locker room with a 45-28 cushion.
Suddenly, the 278th meeting between the schools looked like so many before it.
How impressive was the first half for Kansas? The Wildcats had been holding opponents to just 53 points per game during their 10-game win streak, yet allowed the Jayhawks to pile up 14 assists without a turnover and shoot 65.5 percent from the field.
As if things weren’t going perfectly enough for Kansas, Embiid knocked down a 3 from the top of the key to open the second half — he’d missed the first two tries of his career.
The Jayhawks partied hard the rest of the game.
There was the alley-oop dunk by Wiggins off a feed from Selden, and a nimble post move by Embiid that resulted in another dunk. And even when Wiggins threw the ball away for the Jayhawks’ first turnover, he atoned for it with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 58-34 lead.
Then came Wiggins’ biggest highlight, a one-handed slam that went through the rim with such force that the ball bounced the entire length of the floor the other direction.
In a sign of just how badly things were going for the Wildcats, they were hit with three charging fouls in a span of just a few minutes in the second half. It’s become rare enough to see one offensive foul in a game the way such calls are being made this season.
“It was an offensive game and we’re not an offensive team yet,” Williams said. “We’re a defensive team and we let the offense dictate the game.”
Big 12 Conference
No. 18 KANSAS 86, No. 25 KANSAS ST. 60
KANSAS ST. (12-4)
Southwell 4-8 1-1 9, Foster 3-12 1-4 7, Iwundu 1-2 2-2 4, Gipson 5-7 0-0 10, Spradling 2-6 2-2 6, Thomas 2-7 4-6 9, Williams 4-5 4-4 12, Lawrence 1-2 0-0 2, N. Johnson 0-1 1-2 1, Schultz 0-0 0-0 0, Rohleder 0-0 0-0 0, D. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 15-21 60.
Selden, Jr. 7-10 3-5 20, Tharpe 1-7 2-2 4, Embiid 5-7 0-0 11, Wiggins 7-13 5-6 22, Ellis 6-11 0-0 12, Mason 1-3 0-0 2, Wesley 0-0 0-0 0, Greene 0-0 2-2 2, Frankamp 1-1 0-0 3, Black 2-3 0-0 4, Traylor 2-2 2-4 6. Totals 32-57 14-19 86.
Halftime—Kansas 45-28. Three-point goals—Kansas St. 1-11 (Thomas 1-1, Lawrence 0-1, Southwell 0-1, N. Johnson 0-1, Foster 0-3, Spradling 0-4), Kansas 8-18 (Wiggins 3-4, Selden, Jr. 3-5, Frankamp 1-1, Embiid 1-2, Mason 0-1, Tharpe 0-5). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Kansas St. 25 (Foster 5), Kansas 33 (Embiid 9). Assists—Kansas St. 6 (Foster 3), Kansas 20 (Tharpe 9). Total fouls—Kansas St. 21, Kansas 18. Technical—Embiid. A—NA.
No. 7 BAYLOR 88, TCU 62
WACO, Texas — Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to a victory over instate rival TCU.
The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.
Baylor went ahead to stay against TCU (9-6, 0-3) with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Brady Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.
Brady Heslip had 15 points on five 3-pointers for Baylor, while Isaiah Austin had 14 points. Cory Jefferson had 11 points and 14 rebounds, his sixth double-double this season, while Rico Gathers had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Brandon Parrish had 16 points to lead TCU.
OKLAHOMA 87, No. 9 IOWA STATE 82
NORMAN, Okla. — Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State.
Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who ended No. 9 Iowa State’s school-best winning streak at 14 games.
The Sooners won despite a rough day for Cameron Clark. The Big 12’s leading scorer finished with 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting. The Sooners were fine because they matched a season high with 13 3-pointers and outrebounded the Cyclones 41-34.
DeAndre Kane had 23 points and nine rebounds and Melvin Ejim added 21 points and six rebounds for Iowa State (14-1, 2-1).
No. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE 73, WEST VIRGINIA 72
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win over West Virginia.
The Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes.
Marcus Smart had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Le’Bryan Nash added 18 points and Brown finished with 12.
Terry Henderson scored a season-high 21 points for West Virginia (10-6, 2-1), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Juwan Staten added 20 points and Devin Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Henderson’s 3-pointer with 1:17 left put West Virginia ahead 72-70 before Brown answered.
Staten missed a layup in traffic in the closing seconds that would have won it for the Mountaineers.
TEXAS 67, TEXAS TECH 64
AUSTIN, Texas — Cameron Ridley made two free throws and big defensive play in the final 35 seconds, sending Texas to its first Big 12 win of the season Saturday night.
Texas trailed by one when Ridley altered a shot and hustled down the floor for an offensive rebound before he was fouled. His two free throws put Texas ahead 65-64 with 31 seconds left.
Texas Tech had a chance to win. Jaye Crockett missed a jumper. Jonathan Holmes grabbed the rebound, then made two free throws with 1 second left.
Texas (12-4, 1-2) desperately needed the win. The Longhorns started 0-5 in conference play last season and never recovered, tailing off into the program’s first losing season in 15 years. A similar start might have doomed coach Rick Barnes’ rebuilding project.
Isaiah Taylor scored 14 points to lead Texas.
Crockett and Robert Turner each scored 19 points for Texas Tech (8-8, 0-3).