The basketball season officially got underway Friday night for nine Big 12 teams. The final tally for the night was the Big 12 with 9 wins and 0 losses. Mixed in those nine games were some big time blowouts and a couple of pre-season all Big 12 candidates who did not play, one due to a suspension and the other with an apparent disciplinary message from his coach.
Below are the scores for the Big 12 teams in action along with a quick synopis of the games.
Mid-way through the first half the score was 24-18 in favor of KU, but by half the Jayhawks had pushed it to 54-27. Markieff Morris finished with a double double with 14 points & 15 rebounds, his twin brother Marcus chipped in with 18 points. The win represented KU's 60th straight W in Allen Fieldhouse which is currently the longest streak in the nation. Tyshawn Taylor & Thomas Robinson, both of whom will be heavily counted on by Bill Self this year, scored in double figures as well.
(3) Kansas State Wildcats 75 - James Madison 61
A 14 point home opening victory is the good thing for the Wildcats but there was a lot of bad things that Frank Martin will need to correct. Curtis Kelly didn't play because of apparent disciplinary reasons & Jamar Samuels only logged 11 minutes of action. KSU shot a horrific 17-32 from the free throw line, twice they missed all 3 attempts after being fouled while shooting a 3. Jacob Pullen had 20 points & Nick Russell added 19 for the Wildcats who made 10 out of 19 three point attempts in the contest.
(14) Baylor Bears 87 - Grambling State 52
Playing without LaceDarius Dunn who is sitting out with a 3 game suspension, the Bears had no trouble with Grambling State. Quincy Acy led Baylor with 20 points while hyped freshman Perry Jones finished with a solid 11 points in the game.
Nebraska Cornhuskers 76 - South Dakota 68
A solid win for Doc Sadler and company as the Cornhuskers were led by Andre Almeida with 20 points. If you like to see 3 point attempts, not necessarily makes though, this was your kind of game, as Nebraska went 3-14 from deep & South Dakota went 7-30 from three point land.
Oklahoma Sooners 77 - Coppin State 57
A good way for Jeff Capel and his new roster to open their season with a lopsided 20 point victory. Andrew Fitzgerald led the Sooners with 20 points and freshman Cameron Clark had a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Texas A&M Aggies 88 - Alcorn State 56
Nathan Walkup set his career high with 22 points in leading the Aggies to an easy win in their season and home opener. This game was never really in question as A&M led 52-25 at half and played virtually their entire roster in the second half.
Texas Tech Red Raiders 86 - La. Monroe 67
A close contest at halftime turned into a rout in favor of the Red Raiders who only led 38-37 midway through this game. John Roberson was held under double figures with only 8 points. Kansas State transfer Fred Brown scored 25 for La. Monroe as he connected on 7 of 10 three pointers.
Colorado Buffaloes 88 - Idaho State 80
An early season game where apparently defense was not on the menu as the Buffaloes get the win but probably aren't 100% happy in how it came. Alec Burks led CU with 20 points but the leading scorer in the game came from the other team as Broderick Gilchrist scored 39 points on 13-21 shooting from the floor in which he connected on 6-8 from three.
Iowa State Cyclones 78 - Northern Arizona 64
Fred Hoiberg has never lost a game as a head coach as his Cyclones won this game behind 23 points from Jamie Vanderbeken. A good solid win as Iowa State built a 15 point advantage by halftime and the game was never really in doubt