When you start playing basketball as a youngster, coaches will tell you to never save the ball under your own basket. What about on your own side line with 2 seconds to play up by 1? That's a question now for Texas Tech's Charles Burgess who saved a ball going out of bounds at the end of the game vs. Nebraska. Sr. Charles Richardson was in perfect position to get the ball and bury Texas Tech with a buzzer beating 3 pointer for the 61-59 win. Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time to make huge plays. Sometimes you need to force a shot clock violation to give yourself a chance to steal a game on the road.
Doc Sadler deserves a ton of praise for keeping his team focused and ready at halftime. The Huskers were down by 13 point at the break and could have easily mailed it in during the second half. But Nebraska came out with a fire - going directly inside to Aleks Maric, setting the tone with a big basket. Maric finished the game 11 points and 7 rebs but was a big factor in the 2nd half.
I picked Nebraska to finish 5-11 in the Big 12 after the loss to KU. Well, this team has shown a lot of heart, grit and determination by bouncing back to win back to back road games for first time since I was in college (1999). At 3-5 in the Big 12, Nebraska comes home to face a VERY good Texas A+M team. Hopefully, this win will get some people into the Devaney Center. THERE IS NO REASON FOR THAT GAME NOT TO SELL OUT.
Nebraska might not be the most talented team in the Big 12 - but credit Doc Sadler for keeping the team together after the KU disaster. Now they face Doc's mentor on Saturday. You better believe that Doc wants to beat a Top 10 team for first time in his career but it would be even sweeter if it came vs. Billy Gillispie.
Nebraska fans - GET OFF YOUR ASS AND BUY A TICKET FOR SATURDAY!