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The College Basketball Notebook


December 19, 2010 6:10 AM

Tough Day For The State Of Kansas

KansasStateFlorida.jpgIt wasn't a good day for the state of Kansas yesterday as Big 12 teams played the prominent college basketball games across the country. Kansas barely escaped USC at home 70-68, needing some clutch play from their bench to bail them out. Josh Selby knocked down 21 points, and backup forwards Markieff Morris and Thomas Robinson combined for 15 rebounds. It's not an impressive showing, but Bill Self can be pleased with the depth his team showed. Kansas State, playing a better opponent in a road-neutral environment, wasn't so fortunate. The sixth-ranked Wildcats shot 27% on offense and were soft on defense, allowing Florida to shoot 53%. The Gators won 57-44.

The Palace in Dallas hosted a doubleheader and it started with a good one between Gonzaga and Baylor. The Bears lost 68-64 thanks to some poor shooting. While their superb off-guard LaceDarius Dunn got 17 points, it was on 4-of-13 shooting and they couldn't overcome the Zags. Texas A&M had better luck against Arkansas, using advantages in rebounding and at the free-throw line to overcome the Razorbacks' three-point shooting. The Aggies won in overtime.

Oklahoma City played host to the All-College Classic and the state's two marquee teams dropped. Oklahoma State beat Alabama 68-60 thanks to Keiton Page's 20 points. Punchless Oklahoma fell to undefeated Cincinnati 66-56.

Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily commentary in the NFL, coverage of college basketball.  and bowl commentary in college football. 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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