Big 12 / Pac 10 Hardwood Challenge Begins... ~ BitterSweetLife

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Big 12 / Pac 10 Hardwood Challenge Begins...

...and the score is:

Big 12: 1
Pac 10: 0

We just watched the Jayhawks survive their first real test of the season against a good Arizona team at Allen Field House. After going up by 12 early in the first half, KU got careless and let AZ back in it.

Wildcat stars Chase Budinger and Jerryd Bayless ensured the game stayed close until Mario Chalmers became Mr. Clutch and scored 8 in a row to force overtime. In the extra minutes, KU rediscovered their poise and took control, executing their offense smoothly and hurting the Wildcats with explosive dunks.

Brandon Rush was a big factor in the game, logging 36 minutes. He looked a little slow while shadowing Budinger, but is clearly on the way back to top form.

Here are the upcoming Big 12 / Pac 10 games. Oregon at K-State, Oklahoma at USC, and Texas at UCLA are matchups I'll keep an eye on:

November 29, 2007
Oregon at Kansas State
Oklahoma at USC

Fri., Nov. 30, 2007
Washington State at Baylor
Iowa State at Oregon State

December 1
Washington at Oklahoma State
Missouri at California

December 2
Arizona State at Nebraska
Stanford at Colorado
Texas at UCLA
Texas A&M at Arizona

December 22
Stanford vs. Texas Tech (Sat., Dec. 22)

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Anonymous said...

Doesn't KU play USC on Sunday also? That game doesn't count?

Just curious.

Ariel said...

Yeah, the KU-USC game should be a great contest. Strangely enough, it's not counted as part of the Big 12 / Pac 10 Challenge, apparently because it's the second game the Jayhawks will play against a Pac 10 foe.

I'm definitely tempted to count it, though...


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