Buffs Get First Round Win Over Nebraska

Led by a tough defense and Blair Wilson's 24 points, the Buffs hung on to beat Nebraska 67-60 in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

It wasn't as pretty as the football team's win over Nebraska, but the Colorado Buffaloes will take it.

Entering their Big 12 first round game, CU knew in order to beat Nebraska they would need to play tough defense and limit the Huskers three-point shooting.  The Buffaloes accomplished both and hung on to beat Nebraska 67-60.

Led by Blair Wilson's clutch shooting from three-point land and 24 points and Michel Morandais's 16 points, Colorado withstood several Nebraska rallies.  Of course it helped that the Huskers shot only 30% from the field and  went 7 for 31 from behind the arc.

The Buffs (15-13) led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but allowed the Huskers back into the game in the second half.  Cary Cochran was really the only Husker to hit his 3-point shots and at one point the CU lead was only two.

But once again it was Blair Wilson hitting the big shots.  His 3-pointer with under four minutes to play started a 7-0 run and the Buffs never looked back. The Big 12's second leading rebounder, Stephan Pelle, also had a big game with 14 rebounds and 12 points.

The CU win came without the help of senior captain D.J. Harrison who is still suffering from a broken hand he sustained on February 20th against Kansas State.

The victory earned the Buffs a date with the number one team in the nation, the Kansas Jayhawks tomorrow at 11 am MT.

Kansas enters the game as the only team in the history of the Big 12 conference to go undefeated in the regular season and is currently riding a 14 game winning streak that dates back to January.  As if that wasn't enough, the Jayhawks are led by 6-10 Jr. forward Drew Gooden, the Big 12 conference's player of the year. 

CU lost both games against the Jayhawks in the regular season.

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