Missouri didn't disappoint, beating Nebraska for the third time this season, 70-67. The Tigers advance to play conference co-champion Oklahoma tomorrow in the second round.
Linas Kleiza scored 26 points to lead Missouri (16-15), and was clutch from the free throw line as well.
Kleiza, the Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder, was held scoreless by Nebraska's zone defense until he hit a short jumper late in the first half. His 26 points were the most scored in a Big 12 tournament game against Nebraska (14-14), which has lost seven tournament games in a row and six straight in the first round.
Thomas Gardner added 13 for Missouri, which won for only the second time this year away from home.
Missouri also benefited from solid free throw shooting from Kevin Young, and opportunistic rebounding from Kalen Grimes.