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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nebraska upsets Missouri, 75-60

Missouri guard Mike Dixon (10) and Nebraska guard Eshaunte Jones (1) fight for a loose ball at the Big 12 Conference tournament on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri guard Mike Dixon (10) and Nebraska guard Eshaunte Jones (1) fight for a loose ball at the Big 12 Conference tournament on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo.

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Missouri vs. Nebraska

Box Score

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AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann

Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz (21) and Missouri guard Zaire Taylor (11) battle for a rebound at the Big 12 Conference Tournament Wednesday, March 10, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo.

— Brandon Richardson scored 19 points and No. 12 seed Nebraska took command with an early 16-1 run and shocked No. 5 seed Missouri 75-60 Wednesday in an opening-round upset at the Big 12 tournament.

The underdog Cornhuskers (15-17), who had won just two of 16 Big 12 regular-season games, outrebounded, outshot and outhustled the team that had easily beaten them twice this year.

After Kim English pulled the Tigers (22-10) to 61-51 with a pair of free throws with 4:01 to play, Richardson canned a long 3-pointer, drew a foul from Zaire Taylor and made the free throw for a four-point play that clinched it.

Ryan Anderson had 16 points and nine rebounds for Nebraska and Jorge Brian Diaz had 10, including several easy buckets as the Huskers consistently beat Missouri's pressure defense.

Laurence Bowers had 11 points for Missouri, the defending Big 12 tournament champion.

Missouri cut the lead to 39-28 at halftime, but Anderson's 3-pointer ignited a 7-0 spree to start the second half for Nebraska. Diaz, a 6-foot-11 center, then got free for two easy buckets, and Missouri called time out trailing by 18.

In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Nebraska will play No. 4 seed Texas A&M;, which beat them 64-53 on Jan. 9.

Nebraska outrebounded Missouri 38-22 and shot 59 percent to just 34 percent for the Tigers.

Appearing to confuse Missouri with a 3-2 zone defense, Nebraska forced one missed jumper after another as Anderson, Diaz and Sek Henry helped fashioned a 16-1 run in the first 10 minutes of the game. Missouri never recovered.

Anderson hit a jumper and then drilled a 3-pointer that made it 15-8. A 3-pointer by Eshaunte Jones a moment later put the Huskers on top 20-9.

Henry, fouled by Steve Moore, capped the surge with a pair of free throws and a 26-9 lead that silenced the huge pro-Missouri crowd.

Missouri got as close as eight points once but Nebraska quickly built the lead back into double digits. J.T. Tiller's 3-pointer was immediately followed by one from Henry. Zaire Taylor's hustle — batting a ball back into play and letting Missouri keep possession under its own basket — produced nothing when Taylor then missed a 3-pointer. Nebraska grabbed the rebound, and Richardson converted a short jumper for a 36-24 Nebraska lead.

In the final couple of minutes, two consecutive 3-pointers by Taylor were followed by Tiller's two free throws, slicing the lead to 67-59. But Lance Jeter and Anderson made two foul shots each and choke off the rally.

Tiller had nine points for Missouri. Mike Dixon Jr., a key bench player for the Tigers, collected his third, fourth and fifth fouls in a 45-second span of the second half and went to the bench with eight points.

Comments

Andrew Ralls 10 years, 7 months ago

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maddogjayhawk 10 years, 7 months ago

what a pathetic showing by MU... so much for the 40 minutes of HELL... MU sucks and they proved it again today

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

Mike Kendall 10 years, 7 months ago

aralls---- I don't think you have enought HAs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This same thing could happen to the Kittie Kats (K-State) if they don't get their act together. The Cowpokes are looking pretty darn good!!!!!!

ApacheHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

Let's all celebrate the triumphant, expected return to mediocrity for MU! The tigers are back off the prowl...

shawk13 10 years, 7 months ago

last lunardi seed projection I saw had MU in the same bracket as KU, hopefully this will change that as playing an arch rival bitter from being stomped twice in regular season in march is something that could go south for us pretty quickly, especially if they had hot hands. Of course the possibility is still very likely that we would beat them by 20 for a third time, but i think the risk/reward of getting a sure win against a team of MU's caliber vs or losing as a #1 seed in march to them pushes my vote in favor of get them out of our regional asap.

MU was a NCAA "lock" before today, is there any possibility this loss would push them out?

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 7 months ago

I think I just heard the Big 11 slam the door in Fizzou's face!

Then they were heard to say "....Really! Nebraska, Really!"

rockchalktl 10 years, 7 months ago

Mizzery proved again that they suck. Nebraska is terrible and they distroyed Missouri. So now we have seen the true colors of the university of missouri showing how they don't even belong with the worst team of the big12 so I say they should go to the pac10 and then they might do a decent job. Rock chalk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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