No. 8 Jayhawks roll over Texas Tech, 82-57

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tarik Black pulled a Big 12 championship T-shirt over his broad shoulders, slipped a title hat on his head, and then gave Andrew Wiggins and the rest of his teammates a hug.

In the background stood the trophies, all 10 of them, brought onto the court at Allen Fieldhouse — a perfect ending to Black's nearly perfect senior night.

The transfer from Memphis scored 19 points on 9-for-9 shooting, more than making up for the loss of injured center Joel Embiid, and led the eighth-ranked Jayhawks to an 82-57 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

"Wow, did he play good tonight," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Black matched the school record for field goal attempts without a miss held by C.J. Giles (2005) and Mark Randall (1990). The only shots he missed came at the free throw line.

Wiggins, also likely playing in his final home game, added nine points for the Jayhawks (23-7, 14-3 Big 12). Naadir Tharpe came off the bench to contribute 16 points and five assists, and Perry Ellis finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

Toddrick Gotcher scored 10 points to lead the Red Raiders (13-17, 5-12), who trailed by 20 points at halftime and never threatened down the stretch in losing their sixth straight game.

"We didn't do a good job of executing," Gotcher said.

The lopsided victory allowed Kansas to celebrate its latest conference title in style.

The Jayhawks backed into the outright championship despite a loss last weekend at Oklahoma State, and Self was so disheartened by the performance that he ordered the title T-shirts and hats waiting in the locker room to remain in their boxes. His decision was criticized in some circles, but Self defended it in a news conference Tuesday.

They were finally brought out moments after the final buzzer Wednesday, along with a series of tables at midcourt that held up the Jayhawks' 10 straight Big 12 title trophies.

Self also made sure that senior night at Kansas focused on the seniors, which is why Black started alongside classmates Niko Roberts and Justin Wesley — two rarely used role players.

Still, the packed crowd was keenly aware that it was probably the last time Wiggins would step on the Phog's court, too. The fans roared at every basket made by the star forward, who has already made it clear that he plans to enter the NBA draft this summer.