Strap on your foam fingers and paint your faces, sports fans. It’s tournament time in the NCAA.
The Big XII tournament began on Wednesday with a display of utter domination on behalf of the Baylor Bears, who beat the Corn Huskers of Nebraska by 16 in a one-sided affair in Oklahoma City.
The Bears out-rebounded their hapless, undersized counterparts from Nebraska throughout the contest, with Baylor’s senior forward (and Dallas native) Kevin Rogers bringing down twenty boards alone.
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The Bears’ scoring attack was led by Curtis Jerrells, with 19 and LaceDarius Dunn, with 18.
The Corn Huskers led only once in the contest, when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the early stages. The first half saw rallies from each team, and the Baylor lead was only three (30-27) at halftime. But Baylor continued the onslaught in the second half, dominating the boards and shooting at a mark of 53.5% to seal the 65-49 victory.
The poor Huskers couldn’t have seen this coming. On Saturday, they beat the Bears 66-62 in Waco, and the ninth-seeded Baylor came into Wednesday’s contest having lost 10 of their last 12 games.
The Bears don’t have long to celebrate the 16 point victory; on Thursday, they will face the top seeded Kansas Jayhawks, fresh off of a convincing ten-point victory at home last week against Texas.
For Nebraska, it's now NIT or bust.
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