Nebraska vs Baylor

Baylor moves past Nebraska; Huskers coach tossed wire reports

SAN ANTONIO -- In January, Baylor couldn't have even counted on making the NCAA Tournament. This kind of March hot streak is starting to look familiar to the Bears.

Cory Jefferson scored 16 points and the sixth-seeded Bears coasted in their first tournament game since falling in the Elite Eight two years ago, beating No. 11 seed Nebraska 74-60 in the second round Friday.

The Cornhuskers lost again in their seventh tournament appearance. And they lost their cool: Big Ten Coach of the Year Tim Miles was ejected with 11 minutes left, punctuating a frustrating end to an otherwise fabulous season for a program that has long been an afterthought at football-crazed Nebraska.

But basketball success is expected at Baylor (25-11), which has won 11 of 13 after a dismal start in the Big 12. The Bears didn't make the tournament last year after having rolled to the Elite Eight in 2010 and '12.

Now they're surging again.

"The past Elite Eights that we did have were good runs, but this year we're just looking at it as checking it one game at a time," said Jefferson, a senior who was with Baylor for both those trips. "We had ours today, the next one is on Sunday. We'll look at one game, and we'll move on from there."

Baylor will next play on Sunday.

Terran Petteway scored 18 points for Nebraska (19-13), which hadn't played on this stage since 1998 and often looked like it. Nebraska missed nine of its first 10 shots, labored through a 9-minute scoring drought then lost their coach midway through the second half.

The officials tossed Miles after ringing him up for a second technical foul in nearly as many minutes. He first erupted after Petteway, the Big Ten's leading scorer, picked up his fourth foul just after Nebraska cut the lead to single digits.

Two minutes later, Miles charged toward the scorer's table. He said afterward he was trying to tell the officiating crew the shot clock hadn't started, only to be hit with another technical for stepping too far out from the bench.

Gone. And not long afterward, so was Nebraska in this tournament.

"I mean, what do you do? I mean, the shot clock doesn't run for, I don't know, 7 or 8 seconds," Miles said. "I just wanted them to stop the game and get the shot clock right. It had nothing to do with the officiating."

Miles said he didn't want an "unfair competitive advantage" when it came to foul calls, but also didn't make excuses.

"Officiating is not what did us in," he said.

As Miles walked toward the tunnel, he drew a standing ovation from a Texas crowd splashed with a healthy swath of Big Red. It was a big day for the state of Nebraska at the AT&T Center: Creighton's game was next up, and fans shed red shirts at the buzzer to reveal Bluejay blue underneath.

Isaiah Austin scored 13 points and Brady Heslip added 12 points for Baylor. The Bears didn't outshoot the Cornhuskers but got to the free throw line three times as often -- they made 38 of 48, compared to 10 of 16 for Nebraska.

Shavon Shields scored 16 points and Ray Gallegos had 15 for the Cornhuskers.

That Baylor and Nebraska are even here was a doubtful scenario just two months ago. Both teams nosedived toward February with a combined 2-11 record in conference play, with the Cornhuskers fulfilling historically low expectations and the Bears bottoming out after being ranked high as No 7 in the nation.

Their turnarounds were almost simultaneous.

Refusing to settle for a fourth losing season in five years, Nebraska won 10 of its last 13 and seized an unlikely status as one of the biggest surprises in the country. Baylor, meanwhile, won 10 of its final 12 during a hot streak that included a dominating march to the Big 12 tournament final.

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Nebraska #11 164460
Baylor #6 «294574
NEB:T. Petteway 18 Pts
NEB:W. Pitchford 5 Reb
NEB:R. Gallegos 2 Ast
BAYLOR:C. Jefferson 16 Pts
BAYLOR:R. O'Neale 10 Reb
BAYLOR:R. O'Neale 4 Ast

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Terran Petteway
Cory Jefferson
Nebraska Cornhuskers
S. Shields, G377-131-451516
T. Petteway, F335-158-1031418
D. Rivers, G292-30-01154
W. Pitchford, F280-30-05130
T. Webster, G110-20-14130
R. Gallegos, G356-130-022115
B. Parker, G152-31-12025
L. Smith, F111-20-02052
N. Hawkins, G10-00-00010
K. Kurkowski, CDid Not Play
T. Menke, GDid Not Play
J. Tyrance, FDid Not Play
D. Biggs, GDid Not Play
M. Peltz, GDid Not Play
S. Vucetic, CDid Not Play
N. Fuller, FDid Not Play
T. Wagner, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5410-162473160
Baylor Bears
R. O'Neale, F351-41-210413
B. Heslip, G311-710-1001112
C. Jefferson, F286-124-661316
I. Austin, C222-38-1070213
K. Chery, G212-74-41148
G. Franklin, G291-35-63218
R. Gathers, F234-53-660211
T. Prince, F110-13-42013
J. Heard, F10-00-00010
L. Lowery, FDid Not Play
C. Rykhoek, F-CDid Not Play
A. Freeman, GDid Not Play
J. Motley, FDid Not Play
I. Wainright, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 17-4238-483591674
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia12-628-924
Iowa St.12-624-1121
Oklahoma St.9-920-1340
Kansas St.8-1021-1457
Texas Tech6-1218-14123
Other games
MER 78 Final
STAN 58 Final
WEBER 59 Final
TENN 86 Final
ULL 66 Final
EKY 69 Final
KAN 80
OKST 77 Final
GW 66 Final
PROV 77 Final
UNC 79
CP 37 Final
SFA 77 Final
VCU 75
COCAR 59 Final
UVA 70
KSU 49 Final
UK 56
NCC 75 Final
TULSA 59 Final