Wiggins, No. 8 KU give TCU no shot at upset, 91-69

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2014 at 11:39 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Andrew Wiggins wasn't around a year ago for one of the worst nights in Kansas basketball history.

The freshman guard heard stories from coach Bill Self, and took it upon himself to squash any TCU hopes of a repeat.

Wiggins scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and No. 8 Kansas answered last year's stunning loss by taking control early in a 91-69 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday night.

"He let everyone know that they beat us last year so we had to come out with a lot of energy, come with aggression," Wiggins said. "I think we were concentrating and we played with a high level of energy."

The Jayhawks (15-4, 6-0 Big 12) won their sixth straight game and remained the only Big 12 team without a league loss. Kansas didn't get to extend its run of wins in four straight games against ranked opponents, the first team to do that since North Carolina in 1996-97.

In their visit to Fort Worth last year, the Jayhawks became the first top-five team to lose to the Horned Frogs in a 62-55 defeat. This time, Kansas had 53 points at halftime and led by as many as 24 in the first half.

"It was better, a lot better," said Self, who joked a year ago that it was "the worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there" after the Jayhawks scored 13 points in the first half.

Brandon Parrish scored 15 points to lead TCU (9-10, 0-7). The Horned Frogs are the only conference team without a league win and are 2-23 in their two Big 12 seasons.

TCU coach Trent Johnson simply saw what he called a "really good" Kansas team, not one fired up to make amends for the shocker of a season ago.

"Why would they get all fired up about what?" Johnson said. "You talk about Kansas basketball and we're just trying to make this team relevant. We haven't been to the postseason since the dinosaurs. So I don't think they get all worked up over something like that."

Joel Embiid had 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for Kansas before fouling out for the fourth time this season. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 12, and Perry Ellis had eight points and 14 rebounds.

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