Andrew Wiggins Must Be More Assertive to Help Kansas Bounce Back from Upset Loss

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 30, 2013

USA Today

After a major upset loss, Kansas' star freshman Andrew Wiggins must find a way to be more assertive offensively to help the team bounce back.

After scoring 22 points in the first half, the No. 2 Jayhawks fell 63-59 to the Villanova Wildcats. As a team, Kansas shot 38.9 percent from the field and went 2-of-11 from behind the arc, making this an unacceptable performance.

Nov 29, 2013; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Kansas Jayhawks players walk off the court after losing to the Villanova Wildcats at the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Villanova won 63-59. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA T
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Despite playing 30 minutes, Wiggins scored just 10 points, going 3-of-8 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line. He tied Joel Embiid for the third-most points scored for Kansas, with Perry Ellis coming up with 11 and Frank Mason finishing with 12.

In order for the Jayhawks to turn things around from this game, Wiggins needs to find ways to get more involved in the offense.

Taking eight shots simply isn't going to cut it. Wiggins is an efficient scorer, shooting 53.2 percent from the floor and averaging 15.7 points per game. While he still finished with double digits in the point column, he could have been so much more effective had he taken more shots.

When comparing Wiggins to the other two top freshmen in Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, it's quite clear that he's not taking enough shots. Randle is taking about as many shots per game, but keep in mind that he plays down low and focuses more on defense and rebounding, whereas Wiggins should be a go-to scorer on the wing.

"Big Three" Freshmen Shooting Stats
Andrew Wiggins5.510.353.215.7
Jabari Parker8.415.155.423.0
Julius Randle5.910.655.419.0
All stats are per game

Make no mistake, it's not like Kansas has an absence of scorers. Ellis and Wayne Selden Jr. do a great job of making shots, combining for 23.2 points per game. Before this loss, Kansas was scoring 87 points per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field, but those numbers took a big hit in this one.

While others can score, Wiggins is supposed to be the superstar.

It's up to him to take over games when the team needs it most. He's only a freshman, but he can't shy away from situations like this. These are supposed to be the moments where Wiggins proves to the nation that he's truly one of the best players in the country and that he's worthy of the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The Jayhawks will certainly recover from this loss, as they've proven that they can beat top-tier teams like the Duke Blue Devils. However, if they truly want to become the best team in the country, Wiggins is going to have to learn to take over games when the team can't get things going offensively.