"Earlier in the summer, I was a lot stronger than him because my year of college that I played, but now that he's got that strength, he's turned into a really good player," Ridley said. "I just worked on keeping my position on defense and not letting him get angles to score."
Holland kept hearing about what would be "his biggest challenge," but Wiggins never challenged him. He didn't post up Holland to take advantage of his height. He had been at his best when getting to the rim. Against the Longhorns, he pulled up for jumper after jumper.
Like when Wiggins curled off a pick on a catch-and-shoot, or used a ball screen and instead of driving, picked up his dribble to launch a long 2. When he got the ball off a steal and headed down the floor with full steam, he missed a layup in traffic off the back rim.
Texas coach Rick Barnes mixed in the use of zone to keep Kansas out of an offensive rhythm. Holland said he didn't sense any frustration from Wiggins but did feel that he was hesitant.
"He just kept ducking his head down and trying to drive in a straight line," Holland said. "He never changed directions or anything like that. As long as you beat him to a spot, you're good, and that's what we did."
Wiggins didn't score a basket until 12 minutes were left and finished the game shooting just 2-of-12 from the field for an uneventful seven points.
"He shot 2-for-12. I know that's pretty low for a guy considered a lottery pick," Holland said. "I know we have to play them again. You never know if he had a bad game or not. I'm not going to take any credit away from myself, either. It felt good knowing that I could bother him a bit."
When it was suggested that Wiggins has talent that should not be bothered, Kansas coach Bill Self said, "that's not a fair statement at all."
"He knows he's just an 18-year-old kid. He should be a high school senior," Self said. "We talked about the ups and downs. This is something that obviously he won't like -- having an off day -- but, certainly, everybody deals with that."
Saturday was that rare occasion this season when both Wiggins and Embiid had to deal with it at the same time.