ST. LOUIS (AP) - Next stop for Andrew Wiggins, the NBA draft lottery.
The Kansas freshman, sensational all season, would just as soon forget what looks to be his college swan song.
“I could have done a lot better, I didn’t give my team what they needed,” Wiggins said after scoring just four points with four turnovers in the second-seeded Jayhawks’ 60-57 loss to No. 10 seed Stanford on Sunday in the third round of the South Regional.
Just a little more from Wiggins, who had averaged 28 points the previous four games, might have been enough to send Kansas to the round of 16. He didn’t get involved at all, hitting just one of six shots.
“I let a lot of people down,” Wiggins said. “If I would have played better, we wouldn’t be in this situation, you know?
“I blame myself for this.”
Jayhawks coach Bill Self expects Kansas to be back in this position soon, just not with Wiggins.
“You know, this isn’t the worst thing that’s going to happen to him in his life,” Self said. “If it is, he’s had a charmed life, there’s no question about that.
“I’m sad for our team and I’m sad for him that it wasn’t our day or his day today.”
“We don’t go against many teams that are bigger than us,” Self said. “So they bothered him with length. And I think he had an off-game, too.”
Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds and Stanford wrapped up its second straight upset at the free throw line.
Chasson Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12), who advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 2008 - also their last NCAA appearance. They beat No. 7 seed New Mexico on Friday.
Stanford will play 11th-seeded Dayton, which beat No. 3 Syracuse 55-53, in the round of 16 in Memphis, Tenn.
Kansas was the second No. 2 seed to be eliminated. Villanova lost 77-65 to seventh-seeded Connecticut in the East Regional.