It wasn't a great weekend for the Big 12: somehow the Pac 10 is storming back in the Big 12 / Pac 10 Hardwood Series after an unlikely blowout of Rick Barnes' Longhorns at the hands of USC and Arizona's dominant performance over Oklahoma State. Don't forget that UCLA came a no-call-gone-bad away from overtime at Kansas, and Arizona game the Jayhawks a game as well. The Big 12 is still a much better conference, but the Pac 10 may be better than advertised.
If you're looking for recaps from the Hardwood Series, check out our recap here.
Outside of the Big 12 / Pac 10 Hardwood Series, the conference sported a light schedule of three games (three up; three down). Oklahoma State and Nebraska had trouble getting into their offenses, but settled in the second half of their games to take over.
Oklahoma State: 92
Oklahoma State got off to a very slow start, and didn’t log a point the last 4:33 of the first half to finish with 25 points. But Marshall Moses came back ready to play, and he put up 27 points after the break for a career high 30 points total. Oh yeah, and he had 18 rebounds. But there were a lot of concerns too. First and foremost, Oklahoma State should never have even been flirting with losing to Lasalle, much less gone to two overtimes.
Texas A&M: 79
Pacific University: 59
Texas A&M got things done against an overmatched Pacific team. The Aggies never trailed, and the game wasn’t tied after the second minute. Dash Harris was the only A&M starter not to score in double figures.
Brandon Richardson lead the Cornhuskers to a victory over the Creighton Blue Jays with 18 points. Nebraska had to come back from an 11 point first half deficit. In the first half Nebraska shot an abysmal 24% from the floor (including an even worse 17% from downtown) for a smooth 21 points. Doc Sadler must have righted the ship because the Huskers quickly closed the gap, tying the game at 32 with around 18 minutes to go. With Creighton’s offense stalled (after opening the second half with a three, the Blue Jays only put up two points in over six minutes) the Huskers slowly took control of the game behind solid shooting (50% from the floor; 43% from three) in the second half. Definitely not a successful first half, but I doubt Sadler will complain with the W.