Weekend Review: Ohio State and Oregon Stay Undefeated

12/23/13 in NCAABB   |   EdIsaacson   |   15 respect

Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) dribbles the ball while being defended against by Colorado Buffaloes guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) during the second game of the MGM Grand Showcase at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oklahoma won the game 78-73. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY SportsThe holiday season usually gives a slight break in the college basketball schedule, but this weekend did have some very good games, including a few of the undefeated teams looking to stay that way, and a match-up of potential future NBA point guards.

Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
The premier match-up of the weekend, The Cowboys and Buffaloes met in Las Vegas Saturday night.  The Cowboys were led by a tremendous effort by Markel Brown with 23 points on 6 of 10 shooting and 11 rebounds. Brown has improved every year with Oklahoma State and will be a potential draft pick come June. The story to this game was to be the match-up between Marcus Smart and Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie, though they certainly didn’t guard each other too often. Smart forced a few shots, but had a good game, getting 18 points and dishing out 3 assists. Junior Le’Bryan Nash found plenty of room when he got the ball and had an efficient 6 of 8 night from the field to go with 6 rebounds. Phil Forte chipped in 16 off the bench, including hitting 4 of 7 from behind the arc.
Oklahoma State’s lack of a real big man gave Colorado’s Josh Scott plenty of opportunity to get good touches in the post. With the Cowboys having little choice but to foul, Scott went to line 13 times, hitting 10, and finishing with 20 points to go with 12 rebounds. Like Smart, Dinwiddie forced things a bit, hitting just 6 of 14 from the field for 18 points. Dinwiddie’s backcourt mate Askia Booker is known as a scorer, and that he did, hitting 8 of 15 for 19 points.   
 
BYU at Oregon
This was expected to be a high-scoring affair, and it was, even before going to overtime. Detroit transfer Jason Calliste had his best game as a Duck in leading Oregon to a 100-96 win over the Cougars, and to keep his team undefeated. Calliste tallied 31 points on 7 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3, and hit all 13 of his free throw attempts. One of the nation’s top scorers, Joseph Young, a transfer from Houston, was 10 of 23 from the field for 25 points. Senior point guard Johnathan Loyd has been very good in place of the injured Dominic Artis, who did play limited minutes. Though only scoring 4 points, he dished out 6 assists and played tough defense. Senior forwards Mike Moser and Richard Amardi were strong on the boards, totaling 18 rebounds. Damyean Dotson also added 15 on 6 of 14 shooting, including some spectacular plays in transition, and 3 of Oregon’s 12 steals.
BYU’s Tyler Haws is one of the top scorers in the country, and he didn’t disappoint, adding 32 points on 13 of 21 from the field.  Guards Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino added 15 apiece, though combined for only 10 of 30 from the field. Collinsworth also 8 assist and 5 rebounds, while Carlino had 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Freshman big man Eric Mika was limited by foul trouble to only 28 minutes, but still managed 13 points and 8 rebounds, though he did turn the ball over 4 times. Nate Austin did a very good job on the boards, securing 12 rebounds. Turnovers were a problem all game for BYU. They had 18 to Oregon’s 10.
 
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame   
Another team hoping to come away from the weekend still undefeated, Ohio State was two minutes away from getting their first loss. Down 8 with less than 2 minutes to go, the Buckeyes mounted a furious comeback to come away with a 63-60 win. LaQuinton Ross led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Junior center Amir Williams added some much-needed scoring, hitting 6 of 10 for 13 points, while point guards Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott combined for 20 points, 9 assists and 5 steals.  Lenzelle Smith wasn’t having a great game, but scored 7 of his 9 points in the final minute of the game.
The Irish were led by guard Jerian Grant who had 18 points on 7 of 11 from the floor. Grant found out after the game that he had to leave the school due to an “academic matter.”  Center Garrick Sherman played a strong game in the middle, getting 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Pat Connaughton scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.  Neither team was very good from three-point range, with the Irish hitting just 4 of 14, while the Buckeyes hit 3 of 18.
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