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Andrew Wiggins is Ready For His Danny Manning Moment


Andrew Wiggins followed up his 41-point outburst in the regular season finale with a 30-point explosion against Oklahoma State in a 77-70 overtime win in the Big 12 tournament. Wiggins won his head-to-head battle with Marcus Smart (4-of-14, 14 points), and you can get used to this kind of performance from the freshman star, who will have to carry Kansas due to Joel Embiid’s back problems.

Wiggins was clutch – this nasty dunk with less than three minutes left in regulation; then he hit a smooth baseline jumper with a minute left to tie the game. Wiggins was an efficient 9-of-17 from the field and made 9-of-10 free throws.

Next up for Wiggins: Iowa State in the semifinals. He scored 29 points in one meeting against the Cyclones; then had 17 and 19 rebounds in the other one. He might need to go for 40 Friday.

Reminder, to the doubters: Andrew Wiggins was, and always will be, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. There’s no debate. Never was one.

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