The College Basketball Notebook

December 6, 2010 7:41 AM

Big 12-Pac 10 Challenge Recap

KansasUCLA.jpgThe Big 12-Pac 10 Hardwood Series doesn't get the same publicity as the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but the former two conferences played nine games from Thursday through Sunday, with the Big 12 pulling out a 5-4 win. Let's run through the games...

Kansas 77 UCLA 76: A heartening show for the Bruins, as they nearly get the road win. Tyler Honeycutt poured in 33 points and got nine rebounds, while center Joshua Smith came off the bench to post a 17/13 line. This is on top of forward Reeves Nelson, who's also played well in November. Ben Howland has a team slowly starting to develop in Westwood. Of course Kansas did actually win the game, led by guards Tyshawn Taylor and Tyrel Reed with 17 apiece.

Missouri 83 Oregon 80: The Ducks hit ten treys to stay close, but it wasn't enough for Mizzou's balanced offense, that put four starters in double figures.

Baylor 68 Arizona State 54: The Sun Devils only scored two points from the free throw line, and the Bears' elite guard LaceDarius Dunn knocked down 24 points

Kansas State 63 Washington State 58: K-State hit the boards, to the tune of a 41-28 rebounding advantage, enough to overcome a sloppy 21-turnover effort.

Colorado 83 Oregon State 57: Colorado was on fire from downtown, hitting 58% on three-point shots. A balanced offense was led by guard Levi Knutson with 22 points and they got a surprising number of assists from forward Marcus Relphode, who dished out eight.

Cal 76 Iowa State 73: The Golden Bears spread the production out and that was enough to win in Ames, with Iowa State dependent on guard Scott Christopherson's 22 points.

Washington 108 Texas Tech 79: Pat Knights' program is still struggling on the defensive side, as the Huskies shoot 56 percent from the floor and win rebounding 36-26. Forward Justin Holiday scores 20 and grabs nine rebounds.

USC 73 Texas 56: A surprise win for the Trojans, as they tighten up defensively, holding Texas to 32% shooting, and get production from the forwards, namely Nikola Vucevic, who had 24 points and nine rebounds.

Arizona 83 Oklahoma 60: Arizona is looking like a serious national contender early on. They shot the ball well, they rebounded and generally dominated in all phases.

Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily commentary in college football , game analysis in the NFL. and coverage of college basketball. He is the author of The Last New Year's, a book that revisits the historic high points of college football's New Year's Day bowl games.

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