Stats & Info: Naadir Tharpe

Embiid's Jayhawks control the paint

January, 18, 2014

John Rieger/USA TODAY SportsEmbiid tied a Big 12 freshman record with eight blocks in the game. Oklahoma State had three.
In a showdown that could feature three of the top five picks in the upcoming NBA Draft - Kansas's Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid against Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart - it was an Embiid block party that stole the show and controlled the paint in the Kansas Jayhawks win.

Embiid finished with eight blocks, breaking his own Kansas freshman record for blocks in a game and tying the Big 12 freshman record.

He rejected 26 percent of Oklahoma State's shots while he was on the floor. And he also tied a career high with nine defensive rebounds.

Kansas controls the paint
Embiid's presence on both ends contributed to a huge disparity in the paint: Kansas outscored Oklahoma State by 12 points in the paint despite taking fewer shots in the paint.

The Cowboys managed just 22 paint points on 26 shots, shooting less than 43 percent from the area.

For its part, Kansas shot 68 percent in the paint. Oklahoma State's defense wasn't much of a deterrent - while Embiid himself blocked eight shots for Kansas, the entire Oklahoma State team managed three.

Naadir Tharpe outshines Smart
On the offensive end for Kansas, Naadir Tharpe stole the show with his outside shooting.

Tharpe went 7-for-8 on shots outside the paint, finishing with a team-high 21 points.

His backcourt counterpart, projected top-five NBA draft pick Marcus Smart, finished at the opposite end of the spectrum. Smart missed all eight of his field goal attempts outside the paint.

Smart finished 3-for-14 from the field, a season-low 21.4 field goal percentage.

Historical notes
The Jayhaws won three straight regular-season games, all against ranked teams, for the first time since November 25-December 2, 1995. That year's team, which featured Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce and Jacque Vaughn, reeled off consecutive wins against No. 8 Utah, No. 15 Virginia and No. 23 UCLA.

After winning in Lawrence last year, Oklahoma State falls back to the wrong side of the coin. The Cowboys have lost 17 of their last 18 games at Allen Fieldhouse.
If the Kansas Jayhawks are going to be a contender, they might need a consistent scoring option to emerge off the bench. For just the second time in 15 seasons, Kansas’ bench was held scoreless. Duke captured its fifth Maui Invitational title with a 68-61 win. In a combined 30 minutes of action, Naadir Tharpe, Conner Teahan and Justin Wesley attempted just one field goal and didn’t have a rebound or an assist. The last time the Jayhawks didn’t get a point off the bench was a loss to Illinois in the 2001 Elite Eight.

Iona orders seconds of 30-10
Certainly, 30 and 10 is impressive. It’s even more impressive when two teammates pull it off in the same game. Scott Machado scored nine of his career-high 33 points in the second overtime to lead the Iona Gaels over St. Joseph’s 104-99. Machado added 10 assists to join Nate Wolters as the only D-I players with 30 points and 10 assists in a game this season. Meanwhile, Michael Glover chipped in 34 points and 15 rebounds. It’s just the second time in the past 10 seasons that a player has posted a 30-point, 10-assist game while a teammate went for 30 points and 10 rebounds. It was previously done by Fairleigh Dickinson against St. Francis (NY) in February 2005.

Purdue allows 8 field goals
Western Michigan simply couldn’t find the bottom the net on Wednesday. The Broncos connected on only eight field goals in an 80-37 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. It goes down as the fewest field goals allowed by a Purdue defense in school history, overtaking the previous record of nine by Pittsburgh in 1947. The Broncos didn’t have a player connect on more than two field goals, and their leading scorer finished with eight points. Western Michigan shot just 17.8 percent from the field, the lowest against a Big Ten team over the past 15 years.

Tim Frazier goes for 20 and 10 - again
Last week, Tim Frazier became the first major conference player in the past 15 years with two 20-point, 10-assist games in November in the past 15 years. On Wednesday, Frazier did it again for the Penn State Nittany Lions, with 26 points and 11 assists in its 82-71 win over Youngstown State. That matches the most 20-point, 10 assist games in the Big Ten over the past 15 seasons. In fact, the last major conference player with more such games in a season was Chris Thomas for Notre Dame in 2001-02.

Camels crush Iowa
For just the fourth time in school history, Campbell beat a team from a power conference. This one was in convincing fashion, rolling over the Iowa Hawkeyes 77-61 in Iowa City. Eric Griffin led the way with 23 points on 10-for-11 from the field. Campbell shot 62.2 percent from the floor, the third highest for an opponent in Iowa City over the past 15 years. On the season, the Camels are shooting 55.7 percent, second in the nation to Texas Tech (55.8). Campbell’s most previous win over a power conference school came last season against Auburn.