The South Region No. 2 Seed Kansas Jayhawks suffered a frustrating loss at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, falling 57-60.
The Rock Chalk, Jayhawk faithful were disappointed to witness star freshman Andrew Wiggins fall short of expectations. Hoisting a mere six shots and making only one, he finished the contest with a dismal four points.
The Stanford Cardinal out-rebounded Kansas 37-35, which may not be terrible, however they also outscored the Jayhawks 30-20 in the paint.
Head coach Bill Self reinforced the difficulty of the matchup, stating that “the game was a struggle from the opening tip.”
Kansas star freshman Joel Embiid, who continued to sit out due to a stress fracture in his lower back, could only contemplate the loss and how things might have been different.
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@jojo_embiid) March 24, 2014
Considering that Kansas only managed two blocks, and 12 of their 20 points in the paint came from senior Tarik Black—who fouled out with five minutes remaining, one can only imagine that Embiid’s 7-foot presence would have made a drastic difference in the game’s outcome.
Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game and some players must endure them.
With the tournament in the rearview mirror, all that remains for him is to do is to focus on his recovery and decide if he wants to leave Kansas for one of the NBA’s lottery teams next year.
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