Nebraska Beats Wisconsin to All But Lock Up Tourney Bid
By beating ninth-ranked Wisconsin, one of the hottest teams in the country, Nebraska bolstered their credentials as an NCAA tournament team. They now enter the Big Ten tournament with a chance to enhance their resume and with little danger of damaging it to the point of being excluded from the big dance.
As a top four seed in the Big Ten tournament, NU gets a first round bye. They will face the winner of the Ohio State/Purdue contest. Given OSU's resume, a loss to the Buckeyes on a neutral site would hardly be considered a source of embarrassment. The RPI for the Huskers could even improve in that scenario, given how highly regarded Ohio State is.
If by some miracle Purdue upsets OSU and then does the same to Nebraska, that could be a bit more damaging. But it hardly seems as though it should be so damaging as to thwart NU's chances of getting into the NCAA tournament. It could negatively impact the seeding though, which might put the Huskers into the position of having to participate in one of the play-in (i.e. "first round") tournament games.
If you look at the tournament through the lens of opportunity though, the Huskers get a chance to face an Ohio State team (a team they've beaten once) on the second night of back to back games. From there, they'd get a chance at a rematch with Michigan, a team they nearly beat in Lincoln. The Wolverines could be a 2-seed in the NCAA tournament (as might Wisconsin), which would make a win enormous. Beating UM would likely set up a rematch with the Badgers where you'd have to give Nebraska a decent chance to win. In other words, getting by Michigan could actually make it possible for the Huskers to win the Big Ten Tournament.
Now all of this seems like a lot to expect. The Huskers have shown themselves to be a strong enough team that it isn't outlandish to suggest either. This team has really come a long way under a coach named Miles.