Sunday, January 13, 2008

No Perfect Season For Aussies In College

Today marked the end of perfection for two Australians playing in the NCAAs in the USA. Andrew Ogilvy of 13th ranked Vanderbilt Commodores and Aron Baynes of the 4th ranked Washington State Cougars tasted defeated for the first time this season.

Ogilvy and the Commodores (16-1) lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in double OT in front of 24,000 screaming Wildcat fans. The young Aussie got off to a slow start but eventually found a rhythm to finish the game with 16pts, 5 rebs and 5 blocks. Boxscore:

As for Baynes, he faced a double team all night from the 5th ranked UCLA Bruins. He finished the game with 8pts and 7rebs but battled foul trouble throughout the game. The Cougars record is now 14-1, while the Bruins roll on to 16-1. The Pac 10 title should come down to a good battle between these two teams, with Oregon and Arizona possible contenders as well. Boxscore:

One of Australia's other NBA prospects, Aleks Maric was in action against the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks.
Nebraska was unable to come up with the win, but Maric was the equal game high scorer with 19. Boxscore:

Other Aussies in Action Today: Boxscores

Pat Mills (Hughes and Walker), Zarryon Fereti, Sam Harris, Aaron Bruce, Alex Opacic, Daniel Dillon, Nicholls St Crew, Marko Deric, Martin Iti

NBL Boxscores, Round 17

Hawks v Kings, Taipans v Wildcats, Breakers v Blaze, Wildcats v Blaze, Bullets v Taipans, Tigers v Pigs,
36ers v Kings, Crocs v Breakers, Slingers v Hawks


DJ Rod said...

Have you ever seen this many QUALITY aussies playing NCAA since your old days?

We should see 3-4 aussies in the draft this year and hopefully at least 1 in the next 4 drafts!

JR said...

It would be good if your stats are on the money. Internationally is where it would help, then that will lift the profile here, just like soccer.