Husker Hoops secure a 5-seed for the NIT Tournament
The men’s Husker Hoops (22-10, 13-5) team faced a second snub on the same day getting a #5 seed in the NIT tournament and will travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State (22-11, 9-9 in conference) for a rematch of their early season exhibition game. The Wednesday matchup is set to air at 8pm on ESPN 2.
As the 4th-place Big Ten team, Nebraska matches up with the 8th-place Bulldogs who Nebraska beat 76-72 in an exhibition match at the start of the season. This will be the Bulldogs first postseason appearance since 2012 as Mississippi State and the NCAA tournament since 2009.
While their conference records are painfully different, the Huskers share a similar record in their home/away losses with MSU. The Huskers were 16-1 at home this season and the Bulldogs were 18-2, Nebraska was 4-7 on the road and MSU was 2-8 in away games.
Huskers head coach Tim Miles was candid with his disappointment in being left out of the NCAA tournament.
“I just feel bad for our guys,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles told Huskers.com Brian Rosenthal. “They were able to make history during the regular season by winning as much as they did (a school record 13 conference wins), and then made history which they didn’t want to make, which is the only team in the Big Ten to win 13 games and not make it.”
While the ball didn’t bounce in Nebraska’s favor today the Huskers won’t hang their heads in pity and rather are looking forward to getting back on the court as soon as possible to help get over it and get their minds of what could have been.
“The best thing that can happen is (to) play as soon as possible. The sooner, the better.”
Coach Miles thoughts on being a 5-seed in the NIT:
Tim Miles on being a five seed in the NIT. pic.twitter.com/4DHa5DADzj
— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) March 12, 2018
Full NIT Bracket of 32
Upper left bracket
- No. 1 Notre Dame hosts No. 8 Hampton
- No. 4 Penn State hosts No. 5 Temple
- No. 3 Oregon hosts No. 6 Rider
- No. 2 Marquette hosts No. 7 Harvard
Lower left bracket
- No. 1 Baylor hosts No. 8 Wagner
- No. 4 Mississippi State hosts No. 5 Nebraska
- No. 3 Middle Tennessee hosts No. 6 Vermont
- No. 2 Louisville hosts No. 7 Northern Kentucky
Upper right bracket
- No. 1 USC hosts No. 8 UNC Asheville
- No. 4 Western Kentucky hosts No. 8 Boston College
- No. 3 Stanford hosts No. 6 BYU
- No. 2 Oklahoma State hosts No. 7 Florida Gulf Coast
Lower right bracket
- No. 1 Saint Mary’s hosts No. 8 Southeast Louisiana
- No. 4 Boise State hosts No. 5 Washington
- No. 3 LSU hosts No. 6 Louisiana
- No. 2 Utah hosts No. 7 UC Davis
NIT Rule Changes for 2018:
- The three-point line will be extended by approximately 20 inches to the same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
- The free-throw lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, consistent with the width used by the NBA.
- The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters, as opposed to two 20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of each quarter.
- The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.
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