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TIGER TIPOFF: Interview with Nebraska men's basketball coach Doc Sadler

By Ben Frederickson
January 12, 2011 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Nebraska men's basketball coach Doc Sadler guides his team in the Cornhuskers' victory over Iowa State on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

Q: What are you going to miss about playing in the Big 12?

A: "The last four years I've been in the Big 12, the basketball has been as good as anyone in the country. I've developed some great friendships from competing with people and going different places. I'm going to miss that, obviously."

Wednesday's game

Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-2, 1-0)
at No. 15 Missouri Tigers (14-2, 0-1)

WHEN: 6 p.m.
 Mizzou Arena
KCMQ/96.7 FM
KOMU/Channel 8

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Q: Does this season being the last one in the Big 12 inspire your team to leave the conference with a good impression?

A: "I want to go out with a bang every year. I don't think leaving this league has anything to do with making us want to compete harder or do better.  I think we want to play each and every game to the best of our ability, whether it be the first year in the league or the last year in the league. Changing leagues has nothing to do with how we prepare for these teams."

Q: Where has been the toughest place to play in the Big 12?

A: "All of them are tough. Obviously, you've gotta start with Kansas. They've got great tradition there and they've had unbelievable teams the last four years. Iowa State is a place a lot of people don't know about that's pretty much selling it out every night. It's a difficult place to play. The North side of the conference, pretty much, is all very,very difficult."

Q: How will your job change with the conference switch?

A: "To be honest, I've not thought about it. I mean I really haven't. The first thing I think probably that's gonna change the most is the recruiting. You're gonna start trying to recruit. Other than that, I think I've watched one Big Ten game this whole year, and that was Iowa State playing Iowa. That's the only Big Ten game I've seen all year. You probably know more about Big Ten basketball than I do."

Q: What do you think about Missouri's team this year?

A: "I can imagine they're not much different than what has always been the case. Mike's (Mike Anderson) teams compete about as well as anybody in the country. They're gonna play as hard as anybody in the country. Knowing the personnel that is coming back, their guards, for the most part, is the strength of their team both defensively and offensively. I would suppose getting Safford back has helped them. I don't think people realize last year what the loss of him meant to that team. I have always thought he was a very good basketball player."