Lack of quality wins keeps Huskers out of NCAA Tournament


Lack of quality wins keeps Huskers out of NCAA Tournament

State's women's basketball team will learn its NCAA Tournament destination tonight. The victor of the Wagner-Baylor game advances to face the victor of the matchup between No. 4 Mississippi State- No. 5 Nebraska.

The first three rounds of the NIT are played on campus sites, with the better-seeded team as the host.

The Huskers will travel to Mississippi State to take on the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (22-11, 9-9 SEC).

Now one of the great stories in college women's basketball this season is going to finish the season playing in the NCAA Tournament. Baylor has the chance to host all the way to the quarterfinals.

NU is a No. 10 seed and will play No. 7 seed Arizona State (21-12) in Austin, Texas, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Nebraska Coach Amy (Gusso) Williams will be leading her second school to an NCAA Division I Tournament, after also helping two Nebraska teams to the NCAA Tournament as a student-athlete.

Not only are the Huskers not in the Big Dance, they're not even hosting a first-round NIT game. "Nebraska's had some fine wins in their league".

Sadly, that was where the excitement ended, as the Cornhuskers were blown out by MI in their first game of the conference tournament.

The Huskers finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 record before losing to eventual tournament champion MI in the Big Ten Quarterfinals on March 2. It's UW's first NIT appearance since the 2015-16 season when the Huskies finished the year 19-15 and lost in the second round. Oklahoma was a nine-seed in their tournament and still got their ticket punched.

ESPN's bracket expert, Joe Lunardi, projects Syracuse as a bubble team that will not receive one of the 36 at-large berths to the NCAA tournament.

The games will be played in four 10-minute quarters, not two 20-minute halves.

"I just don't know how seeding works in the NIT, " said Miles, appropriately dressed in black slacks and a black sweater for the news his team got.

Both the Huskers and Bluejays are in the Kansas City Regional. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals. The former Louisville player's season-long approach has been maintaining continuity and success for Cardinal players and the program rather than worry about his future.