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This is how Kansas coach Bill Self wants Andrew Wiggins to play every night.
He knows Wiggins is capable of it.
Wiggins had 26 points and 11 rebounds, the only Kansas player in double figures, as the 13th-ranked Jayhawks lost 67-61 to No. 19 Florida.
It was the second straight road loss for Kansas (6-3), but a potential building block for Wiggins. He was the lone bright spot for an inexperienced team learning how to play together and handle tough environments.
"What Andrew did, he competed," Self said. "He scored points, but he got rebounds and we've been on his butt about that. He made shots. I'm glad he made them and all that, but that's not what I'm glad he did. I thought he was more aggressive and competed more."
Wiggins, the ultra-talented freshman guard from Canada who is widely considered one of the top picks in next summer's NBA draft, posted his first double-double and set career highs in points and rebounds.
"Even though we lost, we aren't going to back down," Wiggins said. "We are fighting to the end. It's never good to lose, but we don't want it to affect the rest of the season. We have until March to come together."
Kansas University’s basketball players did not practice on Wednesday, the day after a 67-61 loss at Florida.
The Jayhawks did sign basketballs, however, then gathered as a group in the locker room, hoping a players-only meeting would help the (6-3) squad bust a slump that has included three losses in four games.
“Everybody got in a circle. Everybody spoke out and said what they wanted to say. (The floor was) free for anybody, even freshmen. We all just spoke out to each other, just tried to dig deep,” sophomore forward Perry Ellis said.
It was reminiscent of a players-only meeting held last February after the second game of what turned out to be a three-game losing streak.
“It’s definitely something I could talk about,” Ellis said of last year’s slide that meant nothing in the big scheme of things. KU won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, took the conference tournament and reached the Sweet 16, finishing 31-6 overall.
“I was in that situation. I could try to help these guys out and try to show them you can turn it around. Even the hard times last season when we lost the three games (to Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma), just looking up to the senior guys, they really turned it around. We all got together like this year, learned how to compete and follow what coach (Bill Self) is saying. We did everything coach Self was saying and it paid off,” Ellis added.
Tuesday night was a big win for Florida against a team that you’ll be hearing a lot from in March. But it was also what should happen when a team led by seniors plays at home against a team led by freshmen.
Florida was too much for the Jayhawks early, using defense to fuel the incredible run. With leading scorer Casey Prather in an offensive funk brought about by the length of Kansas and some early foul trouble, Florida needed Wilbekin to give the necessary lift both early and late.
“I’m not surprised,” said senior Patric Young. “I’ve seen the guy who can play like that. He eats, breathes and drinks basketball.”
Much of that eating, drinking and breathing took place in the training room over the last week, but by game time Wilbekin was not only ready to go, he looked like a player in perfect health.
“It was one of the funnest games I’ve played in,” Wilbekin said.
…But up by as many as 18, Florida didn’t look like the same team in the second half. Donovan said he wasn’t sure if it was complacency or fatigue.
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