Oregon Faces Kansas State in Top-25 battle

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007 7:00 PM ET
The Oregon Ducks take on the Kansas State Wildcats Wednesday in a battle between top-25 NCAA Basketball teams.

Both the Ducks and Wildcats are coming off weekend wins after suffering losses early last week.

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Oregon (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) got a strong game from Maarty Leunen to beat the San Francisco Dons 110-79 on Saturday night.

Leunen recorded his third-straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and six other players scored in double digits to pace the win for Oregon (5-1, 0-0 Pac-10).

It was the first time since 1999 that Oregon had seven players score in double figures. The Ducks’ point total tied for the sixth highest in program history.

Oregon was coming off a 99-87 loss to Saint Mary’s 99-87 last Tuesday before beating San Francisco.

On Sunday, the Wildcats’ junior-college transfer Andre Gilbert upstaged top recruit Michael Beasley, scoring 22 points and going 4-for-6 from 3-point range to lead Kansas State (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) to an 82-69 win over Rider in the Old Spice Classic.

Beasley had 13 points and 10 rebounds after scoring at least 30 points in four of the Wildcats’ previous five games.

Earlier in the Old Spice Tournament, Kansas State (5-1, 0-0 Big 12) was upset 87-77 by George Mason last Thursday before beating UCF 73-71 on Friday.

After the upset loss to George Mason, it took a big game from Beasley, a consensus top-five recruit from Washington D.C., to get the Wildcats past Central Florida.

Beasley, a freshman power forward, had 30 points in Kansas State’s overtime win.
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