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Nebraska women complete turnaround with NCAA tournament berth

Nebraska women complete turnaround with NCAA tournament berth

Sophomore Sam Timmins goes up to the basket in Washington's win over Colorado.

For the first time since 2013, the Baylor Men's Basketball team isn't going dancing.

The NIT does not have predetermined sites, so the first three rounds are hosted by schools in the tournament, and the second and third round games are determined based on the winners of the first round.

It won't change the postseason brackets, but some national reaction to Nebraska finishing tied for fourth in the Big Ten yet being a No. 5 in the NIT might offer a bit of relief to aggrieved Huskers.

Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, 304 of 306 teams to win at least 13 league games in a power conference through the 2016-17 season made the tournament. The Bears faltered in Big 12 play early that caused them to go 2-7 in conference play.

Baylor and Oklahoma State also earned a spot in the tournament.




Improving health: The Huskers will have gone two weeks between their final game in the Big Ten Conference Tournament and Saturday's first-round game. Returning to that self-improvement mantra may be vital for the Huskies moving forward. The Cornhuskers, widely viewed as an NCAA Tournament bubble team entering Selection Sunday, received a No. 5 seed in the NIT. Boise State beat Utah 73-68 in the first round and lost 71-56 to IL in the second round.

The two teams haven't met since December 23, 1999, when Washington picked up a 72-57 victory in Seattle. Following close behind was senior guard Lexus Williams, who shot 42.5 percent from distance. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out. Elijah Brown (13.8), Troy Brown (11.7) and MiKyle McIntosh (11.4) also score in double figures.

Nebraska's game against the Sun Devils (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12) will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Huskers and Arizona State. As junior guard David Crisp put it after each of those games, the UW lacked late-game poise.

The Oregon Ducks, a year after playing in the Final Four, are headed to the NIT with their young team and a 22-12 season record. With only three teams receiving NCAA Tournament bids - the fewest of any Power-5 conference - the Pac-12 fields five teams in the NIT. "I think our team is capable of winning games in the NCAA tournament, but that's for somebody else to decide", Wojciechowski said.

Nebraska finished 1-6 against Quadrant 1 opponents and 2-3 against Quadrant 2 foes.

It's the ninth time that UConn has entered the NCAAs undefeated, including a year ago when the Huskies went in as the overwhelming favorite before their 111-game winning streak ended with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.


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