KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Maybe James Anderson’s unforgettable season was due a few forgettable moments. Anderson will be quick — and wise — to forget Kansas City.
The Big 12 Tournament was no showcase for the Big 12 Player of the Year, who lost his shooting touch for two days at the Sprint Center. Anderson’s final numbers from Thursday night’s 83-64 tournament dismissal by Kansas State will hint at his lofty standard: 27 points. But while the Wildcats were romping to a 51-26 halftime lead, Anderson was missing eight of his nine shot attempts. Anderson finished 8-for-21 shooting from the floor against K-State. Coupled with a 4-of-11 outing against Oklahoma, Anderson – a 47 percent shooter for the season – fired at a 37.5 percent clip inside the Sprint Center. And that was hoisted by a too-late heated second half, which Anderson refused to accept as consolation. "Not at all,” Anderson said. "My team was still down. I was just trying to keep doing whatever I could. Luckily, a couple shots started falling, but it didn’t help my team at all.” Of course, this wasn’t the tournament that matters. That tournament comes next week, when the Cowboys make their second straight NCAA appearance, with a bracket spot safely secured. And this year, there’s no stop in Kansas City, which won’t hurt Anderson’s feelings for a second, although he wouldn’t admit any eagerness to putting the Sprint Center in the rearview mirror. "I didn’t shoot good,” Anderson said, "last night or tonight. I wanted to stay here and play another game and compete for the Big 12 championship.