JACK'S SMACK: Embiid being baited

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It didn't take long to discover that Iowa State, the Big 12's highest ranked team, is also the league's greatest shooting fraud.

That was one of the sorriest three-point shooting exhibitions in college basketball this year. Iowa State was chucking treys all night and they were not falling, a lot of them not even close.
Four of 25; they average nine makes a game.

Last night, The Cyclones made a putrid 16 percent.

KU actually defended better, but the Jayhawks still have problems guarding and they certainly can't protect the rock: 24 turnovers. It was still, a terrific win for Kansas, who was in complete control.

In this space before the game, I stated the Cyclones where the only team KU had to fear in the Big 12-- but not anymore.

Bill Self's teams do this every year. It's money time.

Don't kid yourself; Andrew Wiggins was clearly auditioning for all those NBA scouts sitting courtside. He went off for 17 points and 19 rebounds. He was into it big time, but he was also playing for Andrew Wiggins.

To his credit, he showed up at both ends of the court. 

I'm more impressed with Joel Embiid. In no way is he a showboater. KU needs him to win the big games. He's the best player on the team. Fred Hoiberg says he's the best player in the country.

Embiid drew another penalty for delivering a cheap shot. He's got to control his temper, but I'm going to defend the guy. I think he's being targeted-- he's being baited.

Blame K-State for roughing him up Saturday. Blame Iowa State was trying to get under his skin Monday night.

The coaches know what they're doing. They want the guy on the bench or out of the game.

I don't condone fisticuffs, but it might lead to that if opposing teams keep baiting Embiid into losing his cool. They keep poking him with those little jabs when they think they can sneak one in on the ribs.

There's no question, he must control his temper, but it's also up to the zebra's to see who initiates this stuff in the first place. They need to stop it.

That's Jack's Smack.

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