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Nebraska Basketball: Huskers to Play Mississippi State in the NIT

A rematch of the preseason exhibition game

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Huskers did not make the NCAA Tournament this year but did make the NIT in New York. They secured a #5 seed and will play #4 seeded Mississippi State. The game will be played on March 14th in Starkville, Mississipi at 8:00pm cst.

If you remember the Huskers played and beat the Bulldogs in a preseason exhibition game in Starkville.

The game was played all the way back in October. It was a charity game set up to help relieve those who suffered from Hurricane Irma earlier in the fall. Nebraska won that night 76-72. James Palmer Jr. lead the team with 17 points and Isaiah Roby had a very nice 8 rebounds. A precursor for what was to come from these two as the season went on.

Mississippi ended the season 22-11 and 9-9 in SEC play and tied for 7th in the conference.

If you are scratching your head then you are not alone. Sure the Huskers missed out on the dance but a #5 seed and no home game seems a bit low for a team with the resume they hold. This team holds a 22-10 regular season record and a 13-5 in the Big Ten conference. Unfortunatly, none of that seemed to matter to the powers that be.

The Huskers had a lot of wins, but they were to inferior opponents and very few that moved the needle. The Huskers also had some very strong opponents on the schedule but did not win enough of those games.

It wasn’t enough to make The Dance or home court in the NIT.

The Huskers have been fighting the critics all season and they will have to continue to do so moving forward.