Discussion in 'Men's Basketball' started by BGRed, Jan 7, 2018.
It’s not like we were playing Towson....
Teams used to be limited to 27 games.
20-7 sounds a lot better than 20-11
Texas lost last night ... 'tis a good thing!
While I agree with most of the sentiment... Nebraska is still 52nd in Ken Pom analytics (considerably better than any year since 2008, even better than 2014 (56)).... It sucks that Nebraska is not getting a chance to show how far they have come since that drubbing at the hands of Sparty in mid December... I do think this is easily a top 30/40 basketball team right now.
Tonight is a big, big chance... If they beat Maryland down by 20+ like they did against Michigan then the country is going to take notice... It helps that Scott Van Pelt is a big Maryland fan... He will talk about this game on SportsCenter tonight for longer than normal Nebrasketball games get covered.
Ken Pom projects a Husker win (56% chance) tonight, 71-70 with the 3rd highest "thrill score" of the night...
The "country will take notice"? Let's not get carried away. These are two programs that nobody will be paying attention to tonight. It won't even get mentioned on non van pelt sports centers. Now, the people that actually matter....committee members...THEY will probably be very interested to see what happens because this will be the first chance for NU to beat anyone with a pulse since Michigan and the last time to do so in the regular season. A lot is riding on this game...lose this and in the first round in NYC and NU is 60ish RPI and 22-10...that's bubble material big time there.
SVP talked up Nebrasketball ... after the victory against Wisconsin. Actually led off his show with that game. He's a fan of the Huskers too I think!
Agreed, but I believe it was Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with about 23 seconds left. Huskers got 2 shots at the other end to win it.
Maryland is near a blue blood basketball school... this team has been in the NCAAs most years and still has a brand name...
I agree that they have beaten nobody of substance (save maybe Butler)... and their season kind of mirrors Nebraska... close loses to some good teams but not losing to average teams (save Penn St)
Win tonight and then focus on the road trip to Illinois. All this computer stuff can be figured out on selection Sunday.
Plus, the team can make it a Moos point by winning some games in the B1G Tournament.
The near loss to KU sucked. On the other hand, we probably wouldn't be getting nearly as much bubble talk as we are if Palmer hadn't hit a very lucky 3 right as time expired against conference doormat Illinois at home.
Has any Big Ten team ever NOT made the NCAA Tournament with at least 20 overall wins and fewer than 7 conference losses? I saw a stat today that says not a single team has ever been left out of the tournament with these credentials. Nebraska sits at 19-8, 10-4.
I'm not saying this guarantees anything, I'm just saying.
The effect of adding Maryland and Rutgers ... having 14 teams waters down the schedule ... you do not play everyone twice home and away ... combined with a historically bad middle tier and the B1G is suffering this year.
I'm just hoping we don't have to find out. Keep the wins coming, I say!
Speaking of motivation, here's a good article by Lee Barfknecht. Miles is motivating his team to aspire higher than the NIT!
Tim Miles on Huskers' postseason chances: Right now NU is a '1-seed in the NIT
I know. But it just seems crazy, in my little world of thinking, that a 12-6 (hypothetically) Big Ten team wouldn't make the tournament. Or even 11-7, or even 10-8. I remember the days when you would dominate the non-con part of your schedule, finish .500 or better in the Big Ten, and you would be one of the 7 or 8 Big Ten teams in the dance. The good ole' days. I don't know if those days are over for good, but they sure aren't here now.
You're correct in that statement.
20 & 7, No Big Ten team with at least 20 overall wins and fewer than seven conference losses has missed the NCAA tournament; Nebraska currently sits at 19-8 and 10-4.
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