Lot of uncertainty as Big 12 tourney opens

KANSAS CITY — Were it some coaches other than Nebraska’s Connie Yori, you might just think it was sandbagging. But few folks in the business are as straightforward as she is … plus what she says just makes a lot of sense.

The Huskers are undefeated and the top seed in the Big 12 tournament; they’ll open play in Friday’s quarterfinals. Still Yori doesn’t see Nebraska as the “favorite.”

“We are not built to play three games in three days,” the Big 12 coach of the year said. “Because we play full-court defense. We expend a lot of energy — that’s who we are. In order to do that for three games in a row, that’s hard.

“We’re not a half-court execution team. So I think it will be a huge challenge for us, because of our style, to win the Big 12 tournament.”

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3/11/10