. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Longhorns Edge Cornhuskers In Preview of New-Look Big 12

NEW YORK -- It would have served as a perfect opener for the Big 12 Conference of U.S. college basketball: the defending National Invitation Tournament champion, Nebraska, against the country's 17th-ranked team, Texas.


Only it didn't count.


Not in the league standings, anyway.


What it showed was that both No. 17 Texas and Nebraska should compete for the Big 12's two division titles.


"We committed to play them before we joined the Big 12,'' Texas coach Tom Penders said Saturday night, after the Longhorns defeated the Cornhuskers 83-81 in overtime in the season opener for both teams.


"I tried to get out of it. I figured we'd see them enough this season. I had to tell my guys, 'Sorry, we don't have a patsy for an opener'.''


The teams, which play in different divisions of the Big 12, meet in a conference game Feb. 16.


Reggie Freeman led Texas with 21 points and 12 rebounds.


No. 1 Cincinnati 99, Western Carolina 72. The Bearcats, at the top of the poll for the first time in 34 years, showed why, using their depth and the inside-outside combination of Danny Fortson and Darnell Burton to beat Western Carolina in their season opener.


Fortson scored 29 points and had a game-high 15 rebounds, while Burton added 19 points.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)