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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers Start Sluggish, Loses To Northwestern 65-54 Sunday

Nebraska ends the regular season with 4 losses in a row & the 11 seed in the B1G Tournament

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Nebraska loses again on Sunday and is now the 11 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The bad news? Nebraska has now lost 9 out of 11 games to end the season. The good news? Nebraska gets to play a winnable game against Rutgers on Wednesday. But they will have to win 5 games in 5 days to win the whole thing. That is a really tall order. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's very difficult to accomplish that, especially as the 11 seed. They just have to take it one game at a time and see what happens.

The Good

Andrew White III and Tai Webster both led the way with 13 points each. Nebraska also fought back in this game. They were down by 15 and was able to get it within 6 points. This team never gives up and that's a huge positive this season. I think it's important that this team learns from these games for next season. Remember, this is a young team. The only players graduating are Shavon Shields and Benny Parker. Huskers will have Louisville transfer Anton Gill and Andrew White III next season. They just need a big man, maybe a graduate transfer and they could be really good next season.

The Bad

Nebraska was out rebounded 40-26 this season. Alex Olah had 19 points and 8 rebounds on his senior day. Again, Nebraska really needs a big man next season to get some key rebounds. Tre Demps also had 17 points in this game. The Huskers just couldn't slow down the Northwestern offense enough in this game. And even when they did shut their offense down, they could respond with points. That's been the struggle all season. Nebraska will go on that key scoring drought that costs them in the game. Huskers need to work on that headed into the Big Ten Tournament if they want to make a run.

What Is Next?

As I stated above, Nebraska will open the Big Ten Tournament as the 11 seed. They will play 14 seed Rutgers on Wednesday at 6:00 PM CT on BTN. This is a very winnable game for Nebraska. Nebraska played Rutgers twice this season and beat them by 34 and 24 points. This is the perfect matchup for the Huskers. 5 games in 5 days. It all starts on Wednesday night.

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