On Sunday, the NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed and in an interesting, different way.
Within the first 15 minutes of the Selection Show on TBS, the automatic qualifiers and at-large teams that made the tournament were announced. The Big Ten knew very quickly that Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue were the only four teams from the conference to make it in.
Penn State and Nebraska, who both had good, but not got great seasons and were considered to be bubble teams were left out of the field of 68.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann talked after the field was announced about the Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament as a whole.
Chris Holtmann felt that Nebraska and Penn State deserved to be in the NCAA field.
— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) March 11, 2018
If you’re Nebraska or Penn State, you know your season is over. Chris Holtmann has your back, though, for what it’s worth.
Michigan coach John Beilein felt the same way about the Cornhuskers and Nittany Lions deserving to be in.
"I wish we could have gotten more teams in. I feel bad for Penn State and Nebraska."
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 11, 2018
The coaches around the Big Ten feel for you, Nebraska and Penn State. That’s for sure.