Self and his Hawks are finding Jayhawk Balance
Updated On: Jan 30 2014 01:25:58 AM CST
Finding a groove on a young team is tough but the Kansas Jayhawks' two leading scorers are finding ways to do it. The more the season progresses the more balance the young Jayhawks are finding and the tougher they are to beat. Self and his players displayed that once again on Wednesday night taking down No. 16 Iowa State 92-81.
"If they're hitting shots like that...they are going to be a tough, tough team to beat," said ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins is still working up to his billing and against the Cyclones he posted a career-high 29 points. He says he attributes his continually improving performance to his comfort level on the court.
"A lot of things are starting to slow down for me," Wiggins said. "My teammates are looking for me too, like Naa [Tharpe] had 12 assists today and we are just looking to get the whole team involved and that's what it's about."
Wichita product Perry Ellis is KU's other leading scorer. Both on the season and against Iowa State on Wednesday. He silently posted 20 points of his own, taking advantage of the Cyclones double team on Joel Embiid.
"Yeah, Coach is always telling me to attack and I try to do that," Ellis said. "They were feeding me the ball and I was just trying to attack. They played some zone so the key was just to be aggressive."
But all five of the Jayhawks starters were in double-digits as well. It's only seven games into Big 12 conference play, the Jayhawks are still undefeated and those numbers are becoming more prevalent as the Hawks grow and mature.
"I think we are getting hard to guard because we are able to score in all five spots," KU coach Bill Self said. "It's easier to guard a team when you only have to guard three spots or four spots...so we are obviously not a perimeter shooting team like Iowa State but we did shoot it well tonight and when the ball moves, it doesn't stick and we get rotation, we are getting very hard to guard."
The win against Iowa State is the Jayhawks' sixth win this year over a team ranked in the top 25. The grind only continues as the KU takes on No. 25 Texas on Saturday.