Bears miss out on big dance, NIT bound

Mike Hopkins hoped a win Saturday would bolster his team’s chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament. The University of Oregon played Washington in the regular season finale Saturday

"That's the good news". "We feel like we can win the tournament". Eight SEC teams were picked for the 68-team NCAA field, compared to four from the Big Ten.

Instead Nebraska (22-10) will return to Starkville 143 days after beating the Bulldogs 76-72 in a hurricane exhibition game on October 22. Overall this year, MSU is 22-11, it's most wins since having 21 in 2012.

After upsetting Temple, Duke and Maryland on the East Coast as a No. 10 seed en route to the Elite Eight a year ago, OR will host first- and second-round games this week at Matthew Knight Arena as one of the tournament's top 16 seeds.

A subdued Miles was diplomatic in his assessment of Nebraska's position. "It's where we're going, what's our seed, and start that preparation".

"We still have some season left", Huskies junior guard David Crisp said. If Rider, which is a No. 6 seed, upsets third-seeded OR, it gets the victor of second-seeded Marquette and seventh-seeded Harvard. "But that's the way it goes".

For Nebraska, it was less about the quantity of wins and more about the quality.

"They played some good non-conference games", Rasmussen said. Like Washington, BSU had high hopes of an NCAA Tournament appearance, but in the conference quarterfinal, the No.2 seeded Broncos were upset by No.7 seed Utah State 78-75.

Singles winners for the Vikings: No. 1 Siena Peri in three sets, No. 2 Eszter Zador in straight sets, and No. 3 Alli Valk in three sets. On their final NCAA team sheet, the Huskers' RPI was 56, with an average RPI win of 180. If they win, the Bears will host the victor of Mississippi State and Nebraska.

"You try to get as competitive as you can, but you just haven't played". The coach then watched the NIT show in his office. Freshman forward Taylor Kissinger had her best practice in weeks, Williams said, and almost fully recovered from a shoulder injury she suffered in the regular-season finale at Maryland.

The Nittany Lions finished behind the Huskers in the Big Ten standings.

Now the Huskers are part of an exclusive, and disappointing, club.

The Bears lost in the championship game in 2009 and won the NIT title in 2013.

The two teams haven't met since December 23, 1999, when Washington picked up a 72-57 victory in Seattle.

"Thirteen wins and you get a double-bye (in the Big Ten tournament), and you don't get in?"

The game that would draw the most interest would be a matchup between Washington (20-12) and Syracuse (20-13) - an early reunion between first-year UW coach Mike Hopkins and his mentor, Jim Boeheim.

"We're really excited about the opportunity", Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. When I told my mom that stat about the Huskers never winning a postseason game, she just shrugged and said "We're not a basketball school".

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