Frustrated Nebraska falls in first NCAAs since '98

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm •  Published: March 21, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Nebraska coach Tim Miles couldn't fix the cold shooting or sloppy passes. The Big Ten coach of the year did see one thing he could correct: an overlooked shot clock error.

Nope. These Huskers weren't even going to get that right.

Miles was instead ejected while trying to alert officials to the mistake, and 11th-seeded Nebraska would soon join their coach out of the NCAA tournament, falling to No. 6 seed Baylor 74-60 in the second round Friday.

"I'm thinking, 'That's a correctible error.' That is something we can go correct, and the official came over and T'd me up," Miles said of getting his second technical foul. "I said 'It's the shot clock; it never ran.' I was trying to look for the shot clock operator, and I'm assuming it's the guy that just dropped his head."

The Cornhuskers lost again in their seventh tournament appearance. It punctuated 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 last year's tournament, but rolled to the Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012.

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 Cory Jefferson, who scored 16 points and 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 play No. 3 seed Creighton on Sunday in the third round of the West Rregional.

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.