Nebraska deserves credit for their effort tonight against No. 9 Texas. They were down 43-26 at one point in the game and it looked like the Longhorns were poised to run NU out of the gym like I thought they would. Going in I thought UT would cover the 14 point spread after losing their last game but Nebraska had other plans.
There are some questions coming out of this game to discuss. What would have happened if Aleks Maric had hung onto the ball down 2 with 14 seconds to play on that stupid end zone pass by Texas? In fact, I don't know how he DIDN'T make that play. Would it have mattered if Doc Sadler hadn't burned the team's final timeout with 2:51 to go in the game? I know that it was a close game but they could have used a timeout down by 2 with the ball. What if Texas hadn't hit their free throws? They were perfect down the stretch.
I thought Texas bought into their own hype a bit and stopped playing as hard as they were in the first half and NU picked it up big time. 70-66 final. Nice effort but a loss is a loss in March. There are no moral victories. A win would have put NU in the NIT for sure. Now, they will have a losing record in the Big 12 and their RPI will continue to go down. Margin of loss doesn't factor into the NIT decisions. Nebraska now has to hold serve against Colorado this weekend and get ready for the Big 12 tournament.
I'll say this about their defense....the Big 12 hasn't seen anything like it this season and it's causing some major problems for teams. It's not leading to wins all the time as the offense isn't that good but I don't think anyone wants to play them in KC. Going forward, if Nebraska gets a few better scorers on their roster, they might be a tough team to deal with playing D like that.