The University of Kansas basketball team suffered a tough loss to West Virginia on Saturday, but star freshman Andrew Wiggins certainly wasn't to blame.
The No. 8 Jayhawks fell 92-86 to the Mountaineers despite Wiggins dropping a career-high 41 points to go along with eight rebounds, five steals and four blocks.
As seen in this shot chart courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info, Wiggins did the bulk of his damage in the paint and at the free-throw line:
Here's a visual look at how Andrew Wiggins did his damage against West Virginia. pic.twitter.com/iSUbXiqtf7— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 8, 2014
Wiggins was brilliant in defeat, and there is no question that he bolstered his candidacy in terms of becoming a top pick in the 2014 NBA draft should he choose to declare.
Even though Wiggins' accomplishment was impressive, he was disappointed by the result of the game, according to Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star:
Andrew Wiggins on his 41 points: "It’s a good thing, but we lost. I’d rather score five points and win..."— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) March 8, 2014
How will Kansas fare in the NCAA Tournament?
The awe-inspiring performance came on the heels of Wiggins being named one of the 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, per Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com.
Wiggins likely wasn't considered a favorite entering the day, but he has played his way into the conversation alongside Duke's Jabari Parker and Creighton's Doug McDermott.
Kansas couldn't have picked a worse time to start struggling with the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments on the horizon. The Jayhawks have lost two of their past three games, and they haven't done themselves any favors with the selection committee.
Per ESPN's Ryan Feldman, Kansas likely blew a chance to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by falling to West Virginia:
Teams playing their ways out of #1 seed contention over last week: Kansas, Duke, Syracuse. That's good news for Virginia & Wisconsin.— Ryan Feldman (@TheRyanFeldman) March 8, 2014
Perhaps that can change with a Big 12 tournament triumph as well as some additional help in the form of other top contenders losing, but the outlook doesn't look particularly good.
Even so, Kansas should be a team to be reckoned with in the NCAA tournament thanks to the presence of a dynamic scorer like Wiggins.
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