Big XII: Pokes Advance over Huskers

By Jean Neuberger - March 08, 2007

The reports might be a little delayed, as I'm currently at the Cox Convention Center right now, but here's the quick scoop on the first game of the evening session.

Oklahoma State held Nebraska to a miserable 26.5 percent from the field, and in a very slow-paced game, the Cowboys advance to the next round with a 54-39 win over Nebraska at the Ford Center. OSU will now face a very tough Texas squad in what promises to be an orange-crazed slugfest tomorrow.

For Nebraska, it's been a trying year for first year coach Doc Sadler. Playing with a limited number of scholarship players, he's pushed Nebraska hard, and early on, they played very good basketball. However, the lack of a pure shooter has plagued his team in a huge way, and the team has collapsed because of this. The Huskers have had way too many games this year when they didn't score 40 points, and when you don't play a Princeton style of basketball, that speaks really badly for your team.

Meanwhile, Sean Sutton's squad was slumping bad...REAL bad, until tonight. They needed this win in a big way. For one, their hopes for the NCAA Tournament increase with each win in the tourney. Secondly, this is a big morale win for the team. Winning builds confidence, and OSU was lacking in confidence until today's game. Sutton needs to keep this team together...a win over Texas A&M might mean a ticket to the Big Dance.

We'll have more on this game, as well as the Missouri-Baylor game that's going on right now, later in Hang Time. Currently, Baylor is on top of the Tigers by a score of 7-5 with 15:41 to go in the half.

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 09:47 PM on March 08, 2007

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