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Nebraska basketball gets second 'slap in the face' in NIT seeding

Nebraska basketball gets second 'slap in the face' in NIT seeding

Sunday night, the Bulldogs garnered an NIT bid and will play host to Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with the victor facing Baylor or Wagner in the second round.

Baylor head coach Scott Drew said not making the NCAA Tournament field was a let down, but the Bears still have a chance to win a championship. That game will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. The winners of the two first-round games will meet in Monday's second round.

Boise State (23-8) tried to play its way into the NCAA Tournament and was the No. 2 seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals.

The Huskers team with the third-most single-season wins in program history, the team that set a school record for conference victories, the team that was seeded fourth in the Big Ten Tournament, hadn't done enough. But Nebraska did really well against the teams that ended up ranked 20 through 70 in the RPI, and that helped the Huskers earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska produced an eight-game improvement in league play (3-13, 2016-17).

UW pushed its non-conference record to 10-3 and surpassed its win total from last season.

Nebraska and Creighton had to wait until almost the entire bracket was revealed, but both reached the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Ohio State (3), Maryland (5) and MI (7) also made the cut.

It's hard to blame the Louisville players for wishing for an end to the season they just experienced.

"We have an opportunity to have both our teams in postseason play in their home building. Frankly, Nebraska was one of the last teams that we eliminated".

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Hopkins, who played at Syracuse, spent the previous 22 seasons with the Orange.

No. 22 Arizona State was in the lead at 10-under, with No. 15 Clemson and Utah exhausted for second, both four strokes behind. Nebraska owns a 4-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 62-58 win over the Sun Devils in the last meeting between the two teams at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln on December 28, 2008.

Even changing one of Nebraska's close losses to Kansas, Creighton or Ohio State to a win wouldn't appear to do much more than improve the Huskers' NIT seeding.

Louisville's players are emotionally exhausted from a trying, tumultuous six months that culminated with the devastation of not being included in the NCAA Tournament in Sunday's bracket reveal.

After getting knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament on March 2 by Michigan, Nebraska spent the next nine days practicing and preparing as if they would be in the field. Omaha Benson graduate Kianna Ibis is the leading scorer for Arizona State. Nearly everyone, even fans of other teams, believed the Huskers would host a post season tournament game. She was a senior on Nebraska's 1998 NCAA Tournament squad that advanced to the second round with a win over New Mexico in Norfolk, Va.

Fans are not happy about Sunday night's NCAA Tournament snub, but the city will still see postseason basketball this week.

This will be Oregon's 11th NIT appearance, and first since 2012.


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