Since we all have so much free time now, I am hoping to break down more specifically to Nebraska teams of years gone just how historically bad this team may or may not have been overall in the weeks to come. In the mean time, here is the final stats round-up for the conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Going straight off of how they are listed on Google for order, here is the final conference standings of where everyone finished in the rankings:
T-1. Michigan State Spartans (14-6)
T-1. Maryland Terrapins (14-6)
T-1. Wisconsin Badgers (14-6)
4. Illinois Fighting Illini (13-7)
T-5. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-9)
T-5. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-9)
T-5. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-9)
T-5. Iowa Hawkeyes (11-9)
9. Michigan Wolverines (10-10)
T-10. Purdue Boilermakers (9-11)
T-10. Indiana Hoosiers (9-11)
12. Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-12)
13. Northwestern Wildcats (3-17)
14. Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-18)
Final AP Rankings
9. Michigan State (16)
12. Maryland (12)
17. Wisconsin (18)
19. Ohio State (19)
21. Illinois (21)
25. Iowa (25)
Receiving Votes: Michigan 62; Penn State 21; Rutgers 6; Purdue 1 (This is ridiculous and we should all laugh at the absurdity of whoever this voter was)
Final Coaches Poll
11. Maryland (11)
12. Michigan State (12)
18. Ohio State (20)
19. Wisconsin (19)
22. Illinois (22)
25. Iowa (25)
Receiving Votes: Penn St. 32; Michigan 25; Rutgers 2.
The Huskers spent most of the season in last place in every category, and that is how they finished. As for the rest of the conference? Take Northwestern out of the mix, and the other 12 schools all finished in the top 34 overall per KenPom. That is some spectacular depth.
The Huskers, no surprise, finished in last place in RPI as well. Overall, RPI was a lot cooler on the Big Ten, but then again nobody truly uses RPI for things such as determining NCAA tournament bids, so take that RPI.
Nebraska was, once again, in last place in the conference. They came in all the way back 34 spots lower than next conference bottom feeder Northwestern. As for SOS, though, the Big Ten was absolutely insane overall as a conference. The only team to finish outside the top 24 in strength of schedule was Rutgers, and they were hardly that far back at 33.
We don’t have a real NCAA tournament bracket, and it is unlikely at this point that we seem destined to get one just for the sake of knowing who would have gone. However, with Indiana’s win over Nebraska in the conference tournament game Wednesday night, it seems safe to say the Hoosiers clinched their bid and guaranteed the Big Ten would have had a record 10 teams in the big dance. Probably Minnesota and Purdue would have made the NIT as well, for what that is worth.
The final NET rankings had 12 Big Ten teams inside the top 60. However, teams like Purdue (32) and Minnesota (42) were not going to the big dance despite their high ranking. Nebraska was, of course, in last place in the conference. For comparison’s sake, The Nebraska Omaha Mavericks finished 234th in the NET rankings.
So there you have it. I will try to break down a bit of a post-season look back at the numbers and compare them with prior teams in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, well, it is going to be one awfully long off-season until early November when the season tips off again.