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Dec. 12, 2013

There is so much talent in college basketball right now that it is hard to cover it all.

While the biggest stars have shone bright last week, some of their highly ranked teams didn't in falling at the hands of so-called lesser opponents. Kentucky and its unbelievable freshman class fell to Baylor, while Kansas lost twice.

Other teams are also in the midst of a long break between games, so there is nothing to report on Duke and Michigan State, who are both right in the middle of almost a two-week break between games.

Here is a look at how the best players from college basketball did last week:

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1 of 11. Andrew Wiggins, Fr., Kansas:

Wiggins had the best showing of his young college career, even though his Jayhawks got beat twice. He was more assertive at the offensive end of the floor and definitely looked to attack the rim.

In a 75-72 buzzer-beating loss to Colorado, Wiggins scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting in only 28 minutes of action because of foul trouble. He also attempted a career-high nine free throws and made seven.

Wiggins was even better against the Florida Gators, but the Jayhawks still got beat on the road, 67-61. He set new career-highs in minutes (37), points (26), rebounds (11), blocks and even free throws made (eight). He shot 7-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in recording his first double-double of his college career.

Wiggins has stepped his game up, and fans now seeing why he is considered such a remarkable talent.

2 of 11. Wayne Selden Jr., Fr., Kansas:

Selden had a rough couple of games in the two Kansas defeats. He played 20 minutes in the loss to Colorado and attempted just six shots. He did make 3-of-6 from the field to finish the game with seven points. He also added four rebounds.

The game against Florida was even tougher. He played just 14 minutes and committed four turnovers and made 1-of-4 shots from the field. He finished the game with four points, one rebound and an assist.

3 of 11. Joel Embiid, Fr., Kansas:

Embiid set new career-highs in each game in minutes even though he was in foul trouble both games. Against the Buffaloes, Embiid finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 28 minutes before fouling out.

Embiid played 30 minutes against the Gators but only took six shots in the loss. He finished the game with six points, six rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

4 of 11. Aaron Gordon, Fr., Arizona:

While the Wildcats are having success as a team, Gordon has struggled mightily over the last week. In a hard-fought 63-58 win over UNLV Saturday, Gordon scored a career-low four points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Against New Mexico State, Gordon was better from the field, but was brutal from the free-throw line. The Wildcats thoroughly beat the Aggies, 74-48. Gordon ended the game with 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, but made just 1-of-6 from the line. He also had his lowest rebounding output of the season with four boards.

5 of 11. Marcus Smart, So., Oklahoma State:

Smart played well in the Cowboys' lone game last week. He showed off his great all-around skills against an undermanned South Carolina team in a 79-52 win. Smart finished the contest with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go along with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

Smart is the kind of player who doesn't have to score the ball to make an impact and that's what he did against the Gamecocks.
1. souptwins
Lindon, UT,
Dec. 13, 2013

What? No Jabari Parker? ESPN has him outperforming Wiggins on their freshman watch yet you don't have him on your list at all. Too many players from the same few teams. What are you a Kansas and Kentucky fan?

2. Jmoney34
Sandy, UT,
Dec. 14, 2013


You will notice at the beginning of the article it says that both Duke and Michigan State have prolonged breaks between games so there is nothing to report. Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and Gary Harris are all regularly part of these stories.