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Sullinger sits out as Buckeyes fall to Jayhawks: “Even with Jared Sullinger it was going to be a tall order to walk into Allen Fieldhouse and end a 46 non-conference game winning streak.
Without him, the Buckeyes simply couldn’t create enough good looks at the offensive end and gave up far too many at the other end as Kansas took down the Buckeyes 78-67 this afternoon in Lawrence.
Ohio State never led in the game but trailed by just four at 62-58 with 5:39 to play following a 10-3 run sparked by William Buford. WB couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the opening 20 minutes (1/7 FG, 4 pts) but caught fire early in the second half scoring 14 of 19 Ohio State points during one stretch as the Buckeyes inched toward a possible upset.
It wasn’t meant to be however as Kansas closed out the game with a 16-9 run behind 10 points from Thomas Robinson as he abused Amir Williams and to a lesser extend Evan Ravenel at a time when the Buckeyes had to have defensive stops. Robinson led the Jayhawks with 21 points and seven boards behind the huge 2nd half that saw him pour in 14 points along with all seven of his boards.
Buford’s 21 points (8/23, 17 pts in 2H) paced the Buckeye attack with DeShaun Thomas adding 19 points (7/14 FG, 3/7 3FG) and five boards.” [Eleven Warriors / Chris Lauderback]
Cleveland State beats Akron: “Jeremy Montgomery scored the Vikings’ final five points — on a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer — to lift CSU to a 69-66 victory at the Wolstein Center before a crowd of 4,739.
One game earlier, it was Tim Kamczyz who saved CSU as the Vikings let a 16-point second half lead drip down to one point. Saturday, a 13-point lead turned into a 66-64 Akron advantage with 1:48 to play as the Zips’ Demetrius Treadwell, a 6-7 sophomore product of Euclid, had a scintillating homecoming.
“We let them back into the game,” Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters said. “When you have a lead, you’ve got to finish it out.”
Montgomery stepped up to hit a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play to tie the score at 66, then nailed a 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds left — his first in eight attempts.” [The Plain Dealer / Elton Alexander]
Baylors Robert Griffin III wins the Heisman: “It’s gonna take some time for this to soak in: The best college football player in the nation is a Baylor Bear.
Junior quarterback Robert Griffin III was awarded the 2011 Heisman TrophySaturday night, and it wasn’t particularly close. RG3 received 407 first-place votes, easily outdistancing preseason favorite Andrew Luck and the other three finalists.” [Baylor Proud]
Indiana beats #1 Kentucky on a three as time expires: “5.6 seconds to go. Lamb on the line. He misses the first. Indiana timeout. He makes the second. 72-70 Kentucky. No timeouts left for the Hoosiers.
Verdell Jones gets the inbounds pass and dribbles down the court. He’s halted by Darius Miller near the paint. He turns around and passes to Watford behind the 3-point line. Watford shoots, the clock expires, the ball splashes through the net.
73-72 Indiana. Ball game.
Bedlam inside Assembly Hall, a sea of red on Branch McCracken Court, the students and players in a collective celebration over what’s just transpired. Will Sheehey, Jones, Watford and Oladipo on the scorer’s table, the kings of the court. Tom Crean in an old school Indiana hat, placing it atop Dicky V’s head as he’s interviewed. How sweet the scene was.
December 10, 2011: The day no team in sports matters more than these Hoosiers. The day Indiana returned to relevancy.” [Inside The Hall / Ryan Corazza]
Key piece in previous trade designed to send Chris Paul to LA, Lamar Odom gets dealt to Dallas: “The L.A. Lakers will trade reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2012 first round draft pick and a portion of the Mavs’ recently acquired trade exception, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Odom rumor first surfaced after the Lakers’ attempted trade for Chris Paul fell apart on Saturday, two days after NBA commissioner David Stern blocked L.A.’s three-team deal for CP3 that included sending Odom to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets.
Odom was disconsolate on Thursday, and spent just 15 minutes at the open of Lakers’ training camp on Friday. It’s unclear whether the Odom move opens up an avenue for the Lakers to acquire Dwight Howard; if not, it will look a whole lot like the league screwed up enough that the Lakers had no choice but to give up Odom for very little.
Odom makes $8.9 million, so he’ll soak up most of the Mavericks’ traded player exception, with is worth roughly $13 million. The Mavericks executed a sign-and-trade sending Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks on Saturday, which created the exception.” [SB Nation / Tom Ziller]
Ugly brawl ends Cincy / Xavier game: “Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said late Saturday night there will be additional suspensions coming after the brawl that prematurely ended the Bearcats’ 76-53 loss to Xavier earlier at the Cintas Center.
The fight forced game officials to call the game with 9.4 seconds left on Saturday.
Officials amended the postgame box score and ejected Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates and Cheikh Mbodj, as well as Xavier’s Dez Wells. Based on NCAA rules, the ejected players will miss the next game.
Big East commissioner John Marinatto and Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade have scheduled a Sunday morning conference call to discuss the brawl and the possibility of more suspensions if they don’t think the schools act severely enough, a source with knowledge of the call told ESPN.com.
The ugly incident could also end the Crosstown Shootout series, which has been played 79 times since it started in 1928 between the city schools.” [Andy Katz / ESPN]