Final Score: Kansas 93 Toledo 83
The Kansas Jayhawks (9-3) took on the Toledo Rockets (12-1) at Allen Fieldhouse tonight. Toledo put its previously undefeated record on the line with hopes of leaving Lawrence on the national radar with an upset victory. Unfortunately for them, Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the star studded No. 16 Jayhawks had other ideas.
Toledo played tough, but their easy-win filled record was exposed, as they were not ready to hang with the big boys. Kansas struggled in the first half with turnovers, but got it together and for the most part controlled the second half and ended up with a 10 point victory.
Tonight KU received huge production from Perry Ellis who finished with a double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins was also good, finishing with 20 points and five boards and held Toledo's best player, Rian Pearson, to just 10 points. Joel Embiid was physically dominant down low against the under matched Toledo defenders, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Jayhawks’ biggest x-factor and key to postseason success, point guard Naadir Tharpe, had an excellent game finishing with 20 points and eight assists.
All of Kansas' impressive NBA prospects only improved their draft stock tonight, possibly with the exception of Wayne Selden Jr. Mr. Selden had a quiet night finishing with eight points, but his lack of energy and hustle on defense was a bit concerning. But hey, everyone is bound to have an off night.
Lastly, for the first time all season, Kansas has put together a consistent string of solid victories, which could be scary for all upcoming opponents. With all of the weapons at coach Bill Self’s disposal, if they can continue this consistency, then the sky is the limit for the Jayhawks.