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.

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How frick’n wonderful is it for NU and the BB program!!!  Great coaching and great individual effort for Coach Miles and his “US” crew.  I love it and pray they do well against OSU in the B10 second round game.  TV showed Pelini in the crowd.  Ironic to say the least.

GBR BB!!!

This team is growing every week, who do you gaurd now with Pritchford, Sheilds, and Petteway on the floor.  Shavon has been unbelievable in driving to the basket, Pritchford is defending well against the big men and hitting three’s, and Petteway well he is just Terran driving, hitting jumpers everywhere.  I don’t see it as ironic to see Bo in the crowd I am sure Tim goes to the football games, unless you want to turn this article into a bash Bo article just like you do all articles.

haven’t seen Husker fans that excited in years, and lets not forget about the 2 BIG champs on the wrestling squad

Excellent hire by Osborne in bringing Miles to Lincoln.  “Diamond” in the rough!!!  Three sophs on the first string who will help propel NU BB program into relevancy for next several years.  How exciting.  B10 tournament is tough, because you must play Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you win folowing bye on Thursday.  First round winner has to go 4 days in a row to win.  I believe having NU avoid the first round gives them a better chance at beating OSU, NU’s likely opponent on Friday.  This will be interesting for NU’s BB program.  I assume NU is going to make the NCAAs regardless of how well they do in the B10 tournament.

GBR!!!!!!

We have a basketball program???

Just kidding.  Freaking awesome!!!  Yes, Bo was there to cheer on the home.  Good on em’!  Good lord, could you imagine what the N haters would say if Nebraska won the Conference Championship in Football, Basketball and Volleyball (womens) in the same year?  I’d tell you what they would say.  They would say, <b>There is no place like Nebraska.<\b>

GO BIG RED!!

We have a basketball program???

Just kidding.  Freaking awesome!!!  Yes, Bo was there to cheer on the home.  Good on em’!  Good lord, could you imagine what the N haters would say if Nebraska won the Conference Championship in Football, Basketball and Volleyball (womens) in the same year?  I’d tell you what they would say.  They would say, There is no place like Nebraska.

GO BIG RED!!

Lincoln Sunday paper indicated JT had been asked to play some QB this fall so he is back taking some snaps under center. Hmmm—I thought we had enough QB’s. Could this possibly mean none of the other guys are bringing to the table one of the elements TM had and JT is being brought back in to provide it? Just wondering.

GageCoHusker,

<snicker>

No…  Trust me…  That is NOT what it means.  ROFL.
Looks like we might be getting a bit brainy with the ball.
I like that.

Looking forward to seeing some diamond formation at the spring game.  I’ll just put it that way.  :)

Since you all mentioned it, Turner’s appearance in spring ball practicing as QB just shows us how chaotic the situation is under BOP.  Don’t believe what the coaches and administration are trying to sell as perceptions versus reality concerning FG.  Actions speak a million words.  There is a reason not being discussed why Turner is returning to a QB role. 

Let’s see if you bloggers can figure it out.

Johnny,

Well since we didn’t need JT while TM was here and now we do it stands to reason that his speed, elusiveness or something is missing in the other guys. Or does it mean we don’t need him at WR? Must be some reason.

GageCoHusker,

It means that we have someone that can line up as a RB, a QB or a TE or a WR.  It means we can open up a playbook that has accuracy, pocket passing, play-action passing and option capabilities.  It means we can run a single play from multiple sets or multiple plays from single sets.

TA will still most-likely be that guy that lines up under center.  Let’s face facts, he got a lot of experience doing that last year.  It also means we have a RB that can read defenses, knows the offense, and can pass the ball with great accuracy because he has played the position before.

As far as his speed is concerned.  Heck YEAH!!  who you gonna key off of now defense?

Since they opened up practice to the media and got them bringing this to all of you with so much knowlege of what is going on with the program thinking about it, maybe all the other coaches in the Big are going what the hell are we suppose to do now that they are bringing in a new qb that was a qb than went to wr now back to qb, he can run,  pass, catch, heck he can probably even punt the ball, shit!!! I think maybe the kid wanted to try it again and they are giving him his chance to see what he can do.  Myabe they have some special plays to work him into with his speed and elusiveness.  Or maybe the basketball program was getting to much attention so they thought this would get everyone back to talking about football.  Heck I don’t know either but I do know we got one heck of a good Basketball team that just had a great win last night and I was lucky enough to be there and witness it with 15,000 other screaming fans.  GBR!!!

Larr

The paper said the coaches approached JT not the other way around. I’m not against it. I’m just sticking this in the faces of all the people who didn’t think TM was a very good QB. Apparently he was good enough that the coaches didn’t think we needed JT’s abilities at QB and now that TM is gone we do. It’s got to be one of the bigger stories of spring ball.

And the paper is always right, and maybe the coaches are protecting him if it don’t work out and spring ball just started Saturday, and this article was about basketball.  Hell of a BB team whoohoo!!!

Theys is kickin ass!

Can a brotha ever get a score ‘round har’?

Johnny ~ with all due respect, we have heard for years now how offensive diversification and multiple threats led by Beck in his position as OC would make NU a superior offensive threat.  History teaches us that NU preseason hype never pans out for multiple reasons.  NU has had production, but inconsistency has ruled game day.

The most you can ask for is that TA’s 2014 progress continues as he learns the game and matures.  Stanton will be new and, as a result, the QB position will be a work in progress.  The offensive line has always been inconsistent, and with this season’s question marks in that regard, the running game success in 2014 will be okay, at a minimum, but not necessarily dominant like it should be.  I marvel at the lack of consistent OL improvement over the past 6 years.  Barney has never turned out to be the man capable of building a top notch group, it appears.  No excuses after 6 years going into 7.

This is the year for NU to break out of the duldrums of 4-loss seasons.  Heck, just losing 2 games this year would seem like a NC for the die-hards.  If NU ends up losing 4 more games, and continues its chaotic play coupled with BOP’s non-epileptic fits of rage on the sidelines and post game shoulder shuffling, no one will be in a position to defend him anymore.

2014 is the year of no excuses.  For the die-hards, it will also be time to quit the kool aide and attend NC’AAA’ meetings!!!

NU BBallers - GBR!!!  We love teams and coaches who meet and exceed expectations!!!  That is what it is all about.  Nothing less - nothing more.

Barney is not the OL coach, Garrison is and lots of improvements in last two years.  Look at last year with all the injuries and still produced a good running game.  Follow the program and take your mud somewhere else!

Beck has only been the OC for three years, NU Realist.  He is going into his fourth year as the OC.  Watson was the OC for the first 3 years of Bo’s tenure.  Additionally, this Nebraska football team is the first senior class to play in the conference that they were actually recruited to play in.

“This is the year for NU to break out of the duldrums of 4-loss seasons.  Heck, just losing 2 games this year would seem like a NC for the die-hards.  If NU ends up losing 4 more games, and continues its chaotic play coupled with BOP’s non-epileptic fits of rage on the sidelines and post game shoulder shuffling, no one will be in a position to defend him anymore.”

Oh for the love of Pete.  God if I had to deal with crud like this on a daily basis it would drive me nuts too.  Bo’s contract ends in 2018.  Now for crying out loud get a freaking grip!

I certainly hope and feel we will do really well this year.  However, the problem with firing a coach that wins 9 games a year is, that’s exactly how you wind up with another Callahan.  Give the anti-Bo talk a rest.  Besides, this is a Basketball blog post.

Yah, Barney left a great legacy.  He is persona non grata in many people’s eyes. 

For Pete’s sake Johnny!  Other bloggers discuss football on this line about BB, but your obsession with protecting BOP despite the facts is an obsession of yours.

Please note, my concern for NU FB coaching competence is not reflected on the BB side.  Why not?  Because Miles shows he can coach, develop players, and add value to the BB product he has been hired to elevated to the next level. 

I’d say pay Miles $3 million, and pay BOP a BB salary at NU.

Shit it is snowing here, 70 degrees yesterday.  Dammit Bo!

Lar,  ROFLMAO!!!

“NU Realista
For Pete’s sake Johnny!  Other bloggers discuss football on this line about BB, but your obsession with protecting BOP despite the facts is an obsession of yours.

Please note, my concern for NU FB coaching competence is not reflected on the BB side.  Why not?  Because Miles shows he can coach, develop players, and add value to the BB product he has been hired to elevated to the next level.”

This is Miles first year.  Where I am glad he is doing well and greatful for the success of the BB program, were these his recruits or someone elses? 

As far as my defense of Pelini goes, They tried to railroad the guy this year.  That’s what set me off.  Hold on to an audio tape for two freaking years and pull it out after an embarrassing loss at home?  I hope that snake slithered into someone elses grass by now.

This is miles second year here.

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