Joel Embiid put together two solid all-around games against a pair of ranked opponents this past week. On Monday, he scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half as Kansas beat then-No. 8 Iowa State 77-70. He made 7 of 8 field goals and had nine rebounds and five blocks. Embiid was two blocks shy of a triple-double in an 80-78 win against then-No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday. He scored 13 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and tied a Big 12 freshman record with eight blocks.Cameron Ridley made 13 of 18 shots from the field and recorded a pair of double-doubles in two Texas victories this past week. He scored 12 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, and had 12 rebounds in an 80-69 victory against West Virginia on Monday. Ridley came back on Saturday to score 16 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, with 11 rebounds and five blocks as the Longhorns beat Iowa State 86-76. Xavier Thames led his team in scoring in a pair of victories this past week, making 20 of 23 free throws along the way. He made 9 of 11 foul shots in scoring 28 points as San Diego State beat Fresno State 68-60 on Wednesday. Thames was even better at the line on Saturday, making 11 of 12 free throws en route to an 18-point game. He also has seven rebounds and four assists in the Aztecs' 63-52 win against UNLV.
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