Saturday Big 12 Round-Up: KU crushes Ohio at Sprint Center

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(3) KU- 88
Ohio- 51
KANSAS CITY- KU's Brandon Rush knocked down 3 early 3-pointers in his hometown as the Jayhawks won their first ever game in Kansas City's Sprint Center, 88-51 over Ohio.

3rd ranked KU improved to (10-0) on the season by using an effective pressure defense against the Bobcats. The Jayhawks forced a number of Ohio turnovers that led to KU baskets as KU ran to an early lead. Mario Chalmers led the way with 17 points. Darrell Arthur added 12 and Darnell Jackson had 13 points. KU is off until the 'Hawks play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night at 6 pm on ESPN.

Oklahoma- 83
Arkansas- 72
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Longar Longar and Austin Johnson scored 17
points apiece and combined to lead a late run as Oklahoma pulled
away from Arkansas for an 83-to-72 win today.
Less than a minute after he limped off the floor after a hard
fall, Longar hit two free throws to start a seven-point surge that
extended OU's lead to 75-65 with 2-and-a-half minutes to play.
After a 3-pointer from Johnson, Longar capped the run with a
two-handed dunk.
Longar added a right-handed jam that put OU up 79-68 with less
than a minute left, and the Sooners spent the rest of the game at
the free-throw line.

Oklahoma St.- 68
(11) Pittsburgh- 85
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- This was supposed to be the season Pitt underwent a personality change. The emphasis on winning with strong inside play, physical defense and size was supposed to shift to a greater reliance on guard play and outside shooting.

DeJuan Blair and Sam Young are having none of that.

Blair and Young teamed up inside to help No. 11 Pittsburgh open an 18-point lead at halftime, and the Panthers held off a brief second-half comeback by Oklahoma State to win 85-68 Saturday and end a three-game losing streak against the Cowboys.

The Panthers improved to 10-0 for the fifth season in a row under coach Jamie Dixon after finally handling the Cowboys, who kept them out of the NCAA regional finals four seasons ago and beat them 95-89 in double overtime last season when Pitt was No. 7.

Nebraska- 88
(16) Oregon- 79
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- After so much had gone so wrong for No. 16 Oregon, coach Ernie Kent figured his Ducks would win when Tajuan Porter went to the free-throw line for a chance at a rare four-point play in the final seconds of regulation.

Porter's seventh 3-pointer tied it, but he missed his only free throw of the game Saturday, and Nebraska dominated the overtime to beat the Ducks 88-79.

Aleks Maric scored 23 points, including a putback that broke open the game in overtime, and Nebraska overcame Oregon's season-high 14 3-pointers to beat a Top 25 opponent for the second time in five tries in Doc Sadler's two seasons as coach.


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