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John Rohde: Keiton Page puts on a show in OSU's opener

John Rohde Modified: March 11, 2010 at 6:12 am •  Published: March 11, 2010

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seeded Missouri on Wednesday in the second game, Nebraska became only the second No. 12 seed to win in the tournament. Bottom-seeded Colorado beat Baylor in double-overtime two years ago at the Sprint Center.

Coupled with No. 9-seeded Texas Tech’s 82-67 victory over No. 8-seeded Colorado, this is the fourth straight Big 12 Tournament at least two lower-seeded teams won opening-round games.

There were several stunned faces in the crowd and on media row during the NU win. "The people that follow us know our season. It’s been a tough season,” Cornhuskers coach Doc Sadler said. "I think for you all, that’s the first time that you’ve seen us play this year.”

Wednesday’s loss could drop Missouri down to a No. 9 or No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. "I think we’ll be fine,” MU coach Mike Anderson said.

Quotables
"I think we should be in. We’re the only other (Big 12) team with a winning record.” — Texas Tech coach Pat Knight, on whether his 17-14 Red Raiders should be in the NIT.

"In high school, we were ‘the man’ and only cared about scoring. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t play defense in high school. I didn’t know anything about ball screens or how to defend them or hedging. But every day we’ve gotten better and we’re learning all the tools.” — OU freshman forward Tiny Gallon

"I think Willie’s out. I do. Hopefully, he comes back, but I think he’s out.” — Gallon, on whether teammate Willie Warren will return next season or declare for the NBA Draft

Spreading the wealth
Several newspapers have All-Big 12 selections every season, but the only consensus for 2010 Big 12 coach of the year this season is that there was no consensus.

The Associated Press, Big 12 coaches and the Kansas City Star selected Kansas State’s Frank Martin. The Austin American-Statesman and Fort Worth Star-Telegram chose Baylor’s Scott Drew. The Dallas Morning News and San Antonio Express-News picked Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon.

John Rohde: 475-3099, jrohde@oklahoman.com; John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.


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