It's been a long season for Husker basketball. A long season with ups and downs that took the fans through a ringer of emotions. The losses early on gave them a rough start. The young team took time to gel and their inability to do so was apparent during many games. A lack of a "big man" kept up out of the contests, especially once conference play started. Throw on a couple of injuries to some key players and you have this season's Nebraska Men's basketball team.
So now everyone get's rewarded with a buy in game to the Big Ten Tournament. Our 11th place ranking in the Big Ten gets us a rematch against the conference bottom feeder Rutgers. A team Nebraska blew out both times they played this year. It's basically a play in game to the tournament. One of the benefits for being the best team of the bottom four.
For those keeping track at home, that basically means that we need to play five games in five days to win the tournament championship. Not that anyone is planning on that happening. As far as I can tell, it's never been done before. That's why Coach Miles was so adamant that we won at least one of the last three games to help our chances to make the better seed.
Nebraska should be able to win this first game as Rutgers has only been able to win one Big Ten game this entire year. It was a blowout over Minnesota this last Saturday. The one highlight for what could be one of the worst Big Ten basketball teams in quite awhile.
Tipoff is 6:00pm central time on Wednesday. The tournament will take place at the Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis. If the Huskers win on Wednesday they will advance to take on #6 Wisconsin on Thursday. The Badgers won the one meeting with the Huskers this season 72 to 61.