Sunday, January 9, 2011

Big 12 men’s basketball roundup: Colorado upsets Mizzou; KSU falls

Colorado guard Alec Burks (10) celebrates with teammates following a win against Missouri Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado upset Missouri 89-76.

Colorado guard Alec Burks (10) celebrates with teammates following a win against Missouri Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado upset Missouri 89-76.


Colorado 89, No. 9 Missouri 76

Boulder, Colo. — Super sophomore Alec Burks scored a career-high 36 points and Colorado beat Missouri in their final Big 12 opener on Saturday.

The Buffaloes (12-4, 1-0), who join the expanded Pac-12 next season, snapped a streak of 13 straight losses in conference openers going back to 1997.

The Tigers (14-2, 0-1) had won nine straight games overall and nine in a row against the Buffaloes, whose last victory over a top-10 team was a 93-80 upset of third-ranked Texas on Feb. 4, 2003.

The Buffs took control early behind Burks and a solid supporting cast. Cory Higgins scored 18, Levi Knutson added 13 and Austin Dufault had 12. Michael Dixon Jr.’s 17 points led the Tigers, who were outrebounded, 47-33.

No. 8 Connecticut 82, No. 12 Texas 81, OT

Austin, Texas — Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, made a 15-foot jumper with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift Connecticut over Texas.

The Longhorns quickly moved the ball to midcourt before calling timeout, but freshman Cory Joseph’s juggling three-pointer after the inbound pass fell well short.

Walker shot 8-for-27 and finished with 22 points against a tough defensive effort.

Connecticut (12-2) ended Texas’ 27-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown each scored 20 points for the Longhorns (12-3).

Alex Oriaki had a career-high 21 rebounds for the Huskies.

No. 16 Texas A&M; 69, Oklahoma 51

Norman, Okla. — Khris Middleton had 16 points and five assists as Texas A&M; won its 11th straight game, beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Texas A&M; matched the third-longest winning streak in school history and handed Oklahoma its first loss in nine games this season at Lloyd Noble Center. The Aggies have won six of their last nine against Oklahoma (8-7, 0-1) after losing 25 of their first 26 matchups.

The Aggies (14-1, 1-0), who shot 54 percent from the field, have won four of their last five Big 12 openers.

Andrew Fitzgerald scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State 76, No. 17 Kansas State 62

Stillwater, Okla. — Jean-Paul Olukemi scored a career-high 22 points in his Big 12 debut and fueled a big second-half run.

Olukemi provided 11 points during a 27-7 surge that propelled the Cowboys (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) into the lead while Kansas State (12-4, 0-1) failed to score a basket for nearly eight minutes.

Preseason All-America guard Jacob Pullen scored 20 points and Rodney McGruder added 19 to lead the Wildcats as the preseason conference favorites played their fifth straight game without suspended No. 2 scorer Curtis Kelly.

K-State had its top four remaining frontcourt players foul out, and no one was able to make up for the absence of Kelly. The Wildcats lost in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the 11th straight time since 1994 — before the start of Big 12 play.

Baylor 71, Texas Tech 59

Lubbock, Texas — LaceDarius Dunn and Perry Jones III scored 20 points each to lead Baylor past Texas Tech.

Texas Tech overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to take its first lead of the game on a free throw by David Tairu with 7:10 remaining.

But the Bears (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) toughened and used a 20-2 run to seal the win down the stretch. The Red Raiders (8-8, 0-1) went more than 4 minutes without a basket.

Dunn scored seven points in the run.

Nebraska 63, Iowa State 62

Lincoln, Neb. — Lance Jeter made the second of two free throws with four-tenths of a second left to give Nebraska a victory over Iowa State in their Big 12 opener, extending the Cornhuskers’ win streak to 11 games.

Jeter went to the line after stripping the ball from Diante Garrett. Jeter raced the other way and was fouled by Melvin Ejim as he went for the layup just before the final buzzer.

Garrett had 18 points and Ejim 12 for Iowa State (13-3, 0-1), which had a seven-game win streak end.


Nutflush21 10 years, 4 months ago

No they are not. Ranked 31 by kenpom, projected record of 20-10 (9-9). While I think they can do better than that, they rely too much on Walker (27 shots in 43 mintues yesterday, 35.5 mpg and 18 shots for the year). The Big East schedule will take its toll on this team.

Dee Shaw 10 years, 4 months ago

Good old Mizzou and K-St. First game of conference play and they loose. Well there chances of winning the regular season Big 12 title just got flushed down the toilet. Mizzou and K-St. always seem to have a hick up game. KU has been blessed through the years to take care of business with the teams you are suppose to win. You should win with no question against the likes of Colorado, Iowa St. and Nebraska both home and away. That gives you automatically 6 wins in conference. I understand K-St had a tougher game against OSU at the Iba Arena. They can not afford a game they are suppose to win and loose. I get sick and tired of these fans at Mizzou and K-St. talking trash that this is the year to take the Big 12 away from KU. Well six years and counting and number 7 is looking good so far. Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU.

Jeffery Barrett 10 years, 4 months ago

Have you watched ksu lately? This was not a "hick up" game. They are horrible shooters overall. If they cannot shoot much better very quickly, they will lose 5 - 6 conference games.

kureignman 10 years, 4 months ago

I think that the Misery game was no hiccup eiher. CU has a small lineup that routinely beat MU's press and they got very easy baskets. If Burks doesn't go off for 36 then it is a closer game but I think CU will win in Columbia too. Plus CU outrebounded them. Granted I'm a MU hater but I don't find them intimidating at all. There only good win is against a streaky Illini team that can go so cold they lost to UIC.

Kent Wells 10 years, 4 months ago

I wouldn't exactly declare their chances over after just one game. Wow! Not a good start, but not over...

But, if CU can whip MU, I can't wait to watch Selby, Point Plankin', and EJ run wild against the press. That should be fun to watch!

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 4 months ago

Point Plankn. I love that someone is holding on to that one. I always want to refer to it, but am just never quite sure when it's apprpriate.

Would make a great nickname for TT.

Steve Corder 10 years, 4 months ago

I'd wait a bit longer to flush. KU's at ISU next week.

Doug Merrill 10 years, 4 months ago

You may be a little early as you count your chickens. KU has to win in these places, too. It is a tough conference this year and one loss won't lose you the conference.

nobody1793 10 years, 4 months ago

So, already 4-0 against Pac-10 teams, if KU sweeps Colorado, do we get to be Pac-10 champs as well?

Eric Bernauer 10 years, 4 months ago

I was at the CU-MU game and I was quite surprised by how well CU played. Their big men were much more athletic this year than in years past and consistently had position underneath. I thought they would have trouble with MU's up tempo, but they didn't and seemed able to match MU's speed throughout the game.

Though MU was behind, they were still within striking distance with about two minutes to go and would need everything to go right to catch CU. Then some boneheaded Tiger said something during a clock stoppage which earned him a no hesitation technical. Cost his team any chance of a comeback.

kureignman 10 years, 4 months ago

Yeah I was there too. It was the first time I've seen CU win at Coors because I've only gone to the KU games. What was the deal with Anderson out on the court during those technical free throws? I thought the MU kid threw the ball after CU called timeout right before a tie-up and definitely deserved the T. Thought it was classless for Anderson to be out there and not how I would normally describe him.

KU_FanSince75 10 years, 4 months ago

It will be a stinkin' war at every Big 12 site, wherever KU travels. Every team in the Big 12 is going to give its best shot against the Jayhawks. Having said that, our athleticism, depth and overall talent should prevail most of the time. It is nice to know, we have several outside shooters (Tyrel & Josh) that can get the big shot when we need one, in a close game. Rock Chalk!

domino 10 years, 4 months ago

Any day Missouri gets beat is a good day!

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 4 months ago

Any day that Missouri and K-State get is a very good day!

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 4 months ago

Pullen scored 20 McGruder scored 19 KSU scored 62 total. That means only 23 points were scored by the rest of the team. Dickie V - retract much?

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