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Wiggins, KU avert upset

LUBBOCK, Texas — Kansas coach Bill Self felt more than a little fortunate that his No. 8 Jayhawks pulled out a 64-63 win against a tough Texas Tech team.

Andrew Wiggins' layup with two seconds left lifted Kansas to Tuesday night's victory.

"I think sometimes you could say they were a little lucky," he said of the Red Raiders. "They threw some in at the end of the shot clock that maybe weren't the highest percentage shots, and we were a little lucky that the ball just happened to bounce to Wigs there at the end. That's part of it.

"We've been unlucky and we've been lucky before, and they usually balance out over time."

The freshman finished with 19 points, and Joel Embiid matched his career high with 18 to lead the Jayhawks (20-6, 11-2 Big 12), who reached 20 wins for the 25th straight season and 11 conference victories for the 20th in a row.

Texas Tech's Robert Turner sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Red Raiders up 63-62, but Kansas brought the ball up and got it inside to Wiggins for the win.

Jordan Tolbert scored 16 and Dejan Kravic 13 for Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks took a two-game lead in the Big 12 over Texas, whom they face Saturday in Lawrence.

"It's big, it's big, but it doesn't mean anything unless we win Saturday," Self said. "That's the game that would give us some serious breathing room, although we've got a little bit now, and it was big (Tuesday). … All I wanted to do was win two games this week, and if we were able to do that then it would be a great week."

DANGER IN BLOOMINGTON: Indiana postponed its game against No. 15 Iowa after an 8-foot piece of metal fell into the seats from the ceiling at Assembly Hall.

Athletic director Fred Glass said the school made the decision after the piece, roughly 8 feet long and 14 inches wide, fell into the lower bowl of the arena and damaged seats in the northwest corner. The accident occurred about six hours before the scheduled tip time at 9 p.m.

No makeup date was announced.

NO. 5 DUKE 68, GA. TECH 51: Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Rodney Hood sank four 3-pointers and scored 14 and the visiting Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 ACC) never trailed en route to their fourth straight win.

NO. 9 'NOVA 82, PROVIDENCE 79, 2OT: Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the visiting Wildcats (23-3, 11-2), who tied Creighton for first place in the Big East. After missing shots at the end of regulation and OT, Arcidiacono drove to the basket and banked in a shot as he was fouled.

NO. 14 UVA 57, VA. TECH 53: Justin Anderson and Joe Harris made consecutive 3-pointers to cap a rally from an 11-point second-half deficit and help the visiting Cavaliers (22-5, 13-1 ACC) to their 10th straight win. Virginia trailed most of the game but outscored the Hokies 23-6 after falling behind 40-29 with just more than 14 minutes left.

NO. 17 IOWA ST. 85, NO. 19 TEXAS 76: Melvin Ejim scored 25 and DeAndre Kane added 22 to help lift the host Cyclones (20-5, 8-5 Big 12) to their fifth victory in six games and their third straight 20-win season under coach Fred Hoiberg. Iowa State moved within a game of the second-place Longhorns (20-6, 9-4) in the conference.

NO. 18 KENTUCKY 84, OLE MISS 70: Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Aaron Harrison added 17 points and the visiting Wildcats (20-6, 10-3 SEC) dominated throughout to bounce back from Saturday's home loss to No. 2 Florida. The Rebels, who have lost three straight, host the Gators on Saturday.

MINNESOTA: Sophomore shooting guard Wally Ellenson has left the team.

VCU: Coach Shaka Smart said reserve forward Terrance Shannon, who transferred after earning an undergraduate degree at Florida State last year, left the team for personal reasons.


G'TOWN 60, NO. 22 ST. JOHN'S 57: Samisha Powell scored 13 for the host Hoyas, who rallied to end an 11-game winning streak by the Red Storm (19-6, 12-2 Big East).

NO. 17 NEBRASKA: Coach Connie Yori, who collapsed during Sunday's game against Indiana, said that her health is fine and she is planning to be at Ohio State for Thursday night's game. Yori said she has been on medication for a bacterial infection for a couple of weeks and was dehydrated when she passed out in front of the Cornhuskers' bench in the second half.

Wiggins, KU avert upset 02/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:52pm]
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