Throughout the course of a basketball season, not every game is going to be a masterpiece, nor are you going to lead wire to wire. There will be games, where you will have to overcome adversity and fight through not performing at your best.
Kansas found that out the hard way, Tuesday night in Lubbock, as they narrowly avoided a major upset at Texas Tech, but thanks to Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, it was avoided, as the Jayhawks survived the Red Raiders 64-63.
Kansas (20-6, 11-2) earned their 20th victory of the season when Wiggins put back a missed Embiid shot with 1.7 seconds remaining, a possession after Embiid bailed Kansas out with a put back of a Wiggins missed and when Texas Tech (13-13, 5-8) missed a last second heave from halfcourt, the Jayhawks had survived.
It was a fitting end to a game in which the Red Raiders gave everything they had. Tech held a slim lead for most of the second half and even when Kansas would regain it, the Red Raiders would take it right back.
The Jayhawks statistically played one of their worst games of the season, only making a conference season low 19 field goals on a season low six assists. Wiggins and Embiid were the only two players in double figures with 19 points, six rebounds and 18 points and eight rebounds respectively.
In fact, if not for a taking three times the number of foul shots as Texas Tech, Kansas may have actually been blown out of United Spirit Arena. As it is, they escaped with the victory and return home for a rematch with Texas, Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks will look to avenge a road loss earlier this month.