Huskers Not Lucky vs Kansas

"That ain't right!" That was overheard in the crowd after just a horrible foul from Ryan Anderson that gave Kansas two shots and a three point lead with 26.5 seconds left in the game.

The rest is history. Kansas took home the win 68-62 in a game the Huskers had a great chance of winning. Nebraska now wonders just what in the world they have to do to get a win and perhaps justification.

After the game, Coach Doc Sadler said there was no way he could be mad at any of the players because they give 100% every game.

"I couldn't be prouder of our guys," Sadler said. "They're giving me far more effort than any team I've ever been associated with. That's what makes these losses so tough."

The game came down to the wire, with Sek Henry hitting two three-point in the margin of 18 seconds to narrow Kansas's lead to 1 point with about 1:06 left. The Huskers just couldn't get the break they needed late, and after a late foul by Ryan Anderson, the Jayhawks were able to escape with the win.

"At some point, our luck's got to turn," Sadler said. "We just have to get a couple of those breaks to go our way in the end."

Nebraska was looking to come off a two game losing streak in the Big-12 when the Jayhawks came to Lincoln on Wednesday night. The defending national champion Jayhawks were 4-0 in Big 12 play when they came to the Devaney Center. Kansas comes in winning 20 of the last 21 games against the Huskers. The Huskers last win was at the Devaney Center in February of 2004.

Nebraska did their part very early on in the game, getting some steals and getting the crowd in to the game. It also didn't hurt that they jumped to a 6-0 lead forcing an off-guard Kansas to take a very early timeout. The place was rockin'.

And that was the story for the first ten minutes of the first half. Ade Dagunduro contributed four points off an alley-oop and a breakaway steal pass off of Ryan Anderson. The Huskers kept throwing their defense at the Jayhawks and they had no response early. The Huskers largest lead of the first half was 13 points.

The Huskers played a pretty dominant first half, with a few mistakes sprinkled here and there, and they had a five point lead to show for it with a score of 34-29. Once again, the turnover battle is being won by the Huskers, forcing 13 on Kansas leading to 15 points. The Huskers committed 5 turnovers in the first half.

Then the Huskers got tired and sloppy. The first ten minutes of the second half Kansas erased the Husker's lead and went up 42-41 for their first lead of the game. Despite winning the turnover battle, the Huskers were getting out rebounded on both sides of the ball. They also stopped making the shots that made any momentum…or any shots at all.

The crowd was resurrected after an exchange between Cookie Miller and Mario Little to determine a jump ball. After the scuffle it was Kansas ball, but they couldn't do anything with it, and the Huskers eventually scored to take a two point lead.

Over time, the Jayhawks built up a seven point lead with about 3:00 left, and the game looked to be all but over. But the Huskers battled back thanks to Sek Henry's consecutive three-pointers, but it wasn't to be.

In the end, the loss puts the Huskers at 12-7 overall, and 2-4 in Big 12 play. The loss may have been summed up best by Ade Dagunduro.

"We played our tails off," Dagunduro said. "We deserved to win, we just didn't."


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