Sports happenings during the breakJan. 20, 2010
Junior Ekpe Udoh and senior Lacedarius Dunn led the Bears through December and early January as they combined to garner three Big 12 Player of the Week honors and Udoh added two Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards.
Udoh also tallied the school's fifth triple-double with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks against Morgan State University on Jan. 6.
The Bears opened conference play by snapping a 30-game losing streak against the University of Oklahoma with a 91-60 victory at the Ferrell Center.
They look to take down the No. 3-ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence tonight at 8.
Senior center J.D. Walton and wide receiver David Gettis received invitations to the NFL combine. Walton was named a second-team All-American by Rivals.com and AP first team All-American along with Joe Pawelek who earned third-team All-American honors on the Phil Steele list.
Finishing the season as a finalist for the Rimington trophy, Walton enters the offseason as the top draft-prospect at center according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.
The Lady Bears continued to look up to freshman Brittney Griner as her dominant post play led them through non-conference play and into the Big 12 matchups. Meanwhile, the Lady Bears are coping with the injury of Melissa Jones. Highlights included a 90-18 win over Texas State on Jan. 2 in which she dunked twice. The feat was only the second time a woman has dunked in a college basketball game, joining Candace Parker as the only other woman to do so. Griner also earned her fifth Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor in a period of just eight weeks.
The Lady Bears hope to rebound from a 1-2 conference start as they travel to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers.