Big 12 - 4
Pac-10 - 0
The heart of the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series got underway on Thursday night as three games pitted the two conferences against each other. The Big XII played host to two of the games, as the Arizona St. Sun Devils visited the Baylor Bears and the UCLA Bruins traveled to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the Kansas Jayhawks. In the third games of the evening the Oregon Ducks played host to the Missouri Tigers.
Baylor Bears - 68
Arizona St. Sun Devils - 54
In the first game of the evening, Baylor easily handled the Sun Devils as LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 24 points. A.J. Walton chipped in 13 and Perry Jones added 12 and a team high four assists for the victors. Anthony Jones led the Bears in rebounds with 8.
Kansas Jayhawks - 77
UCLA Bruins - 76
In what was supposed to be a pounding by KU turned into a ball game as UCLA played well above their heads, almost upsetting the Jayhawks in Lawrence. The Bruins were leading well into the second half, but Tyshawn Taylor and Marcus Morris led a Jayhawk surge that put the Jayhawks ahead for good. UCLA had a chance to tie the game up with 19.6 seconds remaining but Lazeric Jones was fouled on the floor and missed his first free throw attempt of the season, leading to a jump ball and KU possession. After a KU turnover, Tyler Honeycutt nailed a three (ala Georgetown vs Missouri) with four seconds remaining. As time expired Mario Little was fouled by Malcolm Lee and sunk the first of two to ice the game.
For the Bruins, Honeycutt ended with a game-high 30 points, followed by Joshua Smith's 17. Smith also led in rebounds with 14.
Missouri Tigers - 83
Oregon Ducks - 80
College football fans would have loved this match-up, as it would have pitted number one versus number 14. Well, this wasn't football and the way it begun had fans wishing it were. Up 22 early, the Tigers squandered the lead and the Ducks made a game out of it, pulling within four with a 48 seconds remaining. Two threes by Johnathan Loyd, surrounding two Michael Dixon free throws brought the Tiger lead to two. A Matt Pressey free throw with five seconds remaining sealed the game as Loyd missed a desperation three for the tie.
Big 12 Hoops Player of the Week Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 19 points and seven rebounds. Kim English may have found his shooting stroke pouring in 12. Laurence Bowers tied Denmon for the team lead with seven boards.
A complete schedule of the entire Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series, including scores of completed games is available after The Jump.
2010 BIG 12 / PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES
Saturday, November 27
Thursday, December 2
UCLA Bruins - 76
Friday, December 3
Saturday, December 4
Sunday, December 5
at USC Trojans
Saturday, December 11
Washington Huskies at Texas A&M Aggies
Tuesday, December 21