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Cornhuskers React: MVP’s and Preseason Rankings

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Nebraska Cornhuskers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

National Voting Results

March Madness has made a triumphant, though controversial and unequal return to crown Stanford and [Redacted] as national champs.

Both champs had outstanding talent on their rosters that helped clinch the title. No surprise as a result the MVP was on the title team in both tournaments.

On the women’s side, Stanford’s Haley Jones was the overwhelming favorite and managed a narrow majority of the overall vote.

  1. Haley Jones 51%
  2. Aari McDonald 27%
  3. Paige Bueckers 15%
  4. Christyn Williams 2%

On the men’s side, it was another player on the championship team. Baylor’s Jared Butler got the vote for men’s Final Four MVP also by an overwhelming margin and a narrow majority.

  1. Butler 52%
  2. Juzang 20%
  3. Suggs 14%
  4. Teague 7%
  5. Timme 6%

Despite an advanced performance in the analytics and a perfect season until the title game by Gonzaga, Baylor put together an impressive season of their own free even from intra-team felonies. Was it enough to make fans think they are an “all-time great” team, though? Apparently not.

What about next season? Fans gave the edge to runner-up Gonzaga in this one, but narrowly. The UCLA Bruins are a distant but still solid third in the poll.

  1. Gonzaga 33%
  2. Baylor 31%
  3. UCLA 17%
  4. Michigan 10%
  5. Purdue 4%
  6. Duke 3%
  7. Kansas 2%

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