SAN ANTONIO — An angry Nebraska fan in the second half of sixth-seeded Baylor’s 74-60 victory over the No. 11 Cornhuskers on nearly had it correct.
“You’re terrible,” the man bellowed at the referees after they had whistled Nebraska for a foul.
Maybe so, but the Cornhuskers' loss wasn’t completely their fault. The officiating was uneven, but it wasn't as bad as the shooting by both teams, especially from the three-point line.
Once the game’s final buzzer mercifully sounded, however, Bears coach Scott Drew hardly seem fazed by team’s sloppy victory, Baylor's 11th in its last 13 games. Behind Drew, green-and-gold clad Bears fans -- many of whom had driven 180 miles down Interstate 35 for the game -- chanted, “BU! BU! BU!”
The game resembled a vintage Big 12 matchup between the two teams -- the kind that were almost unwatchable when both used to consistently finish near the bottom of the conference (the Cornhuskers left for the Big Ten in 2011).
In the first half, the Bears and the Huskers combined to make just 13-of-47 shots, including a rim-clanging 1-of-17 on three-pointers. Baylor led 29-16 at halftime thanks in large part to the fact that the Bears shot 14-of-20 from the free-throw line.
Nebraska (19-13) cut Baylor's lead to 9 with 14:33 left, but less than a minute later Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles was assessed a technical foul while arguing the fourth foul called against Petteway.
Less than three minutes later, referee Karl Hess ejected Miles for yelling from well beyond the coaches box (nearly at halfcourt).
Miles walked onto the court to protest before calmly leaving. It was what many fans -- most waiting for the start of the game between third-seeded Creighton and No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette -- must have wished they could have done.
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