The World-Herald's Rich Kaipust breaks down 10 memorable moments — five good, five bad — during the former Nebraska coach's six years with the Huskers.
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NU 73, Creighton 61 (Nov. 18, 2006)
After Barry Collier went 1-6 against the Huskers' in-state rival, Sadler beats the No. 20-ranked Bluejays two games into his tenure. Ryan Anderson scores 19 points and Aleks Maric adds 17 points and nine rebounds before 13,112 at the Devaney Center. NU shoots 67.6 percent, Creighton just 37.5. Sadler would go 3-3 overall against CU.
NU 65, Texas A&M 59 (Feb. 23, 2008)
The Huskers beat a ranked opponent on the road for the first time under Sadler, and also take down a Top 25 team for the second time in four days after an earlier win at home over Kansas State. Nebraska shoots 59 percent and Sek Henry makes two late 3-pointers against the No. 22 Aggies, and Nebraska points itself toward the school's first 20-win season since 1998-99.
NU 66, Baylor 62 (March 7, 2009)
Nebraska closes the 2008-09 regular season with momentum to reach 8-8 in Big 12 play. No big deal? Well, it is considering the Huskers hadn't finished .500 or better in league play since 1998-99. Redshirt freshman Toney McCray scores a career-high 18 points for the NU win in Waco.
NU 70, Texas 67 (Feb. 19, 2011)
The Huskers manage to build an 11-point lead, lose it in 34 seconds, then overcome the third-ranked Longhorns, feeding the belief that this could be Sadler's first NCAA tournament team. Brandon Richardson makes 9 of 11 free throws, including a pair with 42 seconds left and two more with six seconds to go. Nebraska moves to 18-8 overall and 6-6 in the Big 12 by stopping Texas' 11-game winning streak.
NU 70, Indiana 69 (Jan. 18, 2012)
No. 11 Indiana leads 63-52 inside of the seven-minute mark, but a McCray 3-pointer starts an 8-0 run and ignites the comeback. The Huskers gain the lead on two free throws by Jorge Brian Diaz with 11 seconds left, then are joined by court-storming home fans when the Hoosiers miss two late shots. Nebraska hadn't beaten IU since 1920.
Kansas 92, NU 39 (Feb. 17, 2007)
In one of the bigger beatings you would care to witness, No. 9 Kansas uses runs of 14-0 in the first half and 11-0 in the second to bury the Huskers at Allen Fieldhouse. At the time, the 39 points were the fewest by NU since 1984, and the 53-point loss ranks as the second-largest in school history. KU made 20 of 30 shots in the second half (and 58.3 percent overall) and held a 42-24 rebounding edge.
Oklahoma State 54, NU 39 (March 8, 2007)
After holding its own by going 5-5 down the stretch in Sadler's first season, Nebraska bombs in his debut at the Big 12 tournament by committing a season-high 24 turnovers and shooting a season-low 27.7 percent. Making it a head-scratcher is the fact that NU had just hung 85 points on the Cowboys three days before to finish the regular season.
Texas A&M 57, NU 55 (Feb. 24, 2009)
Nebraska holds an 18-point second-half lead against the Aggies, helped by a 19-6 spurt closing the first half at the Devaney Center. In what becomes a hallmark of Sadler-coached teams at NU, however, it can't finish. Cookie Miller misses the front end of a one-and-one with 19 seconds remaining, and Texas A&M prevails when Josh Carter buries a 25-foot jumper after the Aggies inbound the ball with 2.6 seconds left.
Oklahoma State 53, NU 52 (March 9, 2011)
NCAA hopes — once promising but now fading — go bye-bye at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City as Nebraska pays for a lackluster performance against the lower-seeded Cowboys. NU allows Oklahoma State to build a 14-point lead midway through the first half and shoots 22 percent before intermission. With a chance to salvage the first-round game and advance, Lance Jeter gets into the lane but slips and loses the ball in the final seconds. The season ends a week later with a humiliating 27-point NIT loss at Wichita State.
Michigan State 62, NU 34 (Feb. 25, 2012)
In perhaps the game that best epitomizes the Huskers' first season in the Big Ten, Nebraska has 19 points with 10 minutes left and the sixth-ranked Spartans look as if they're playing an overmatched nonconference opponent in December. The final 20 minutes are basically a formality after the Huskers shoot 26.9 percent in the first half and lose Bo Spencer to injury. All told, NU scores 46 points or fewer in six Big Ten games.