Nebraska and Penn State meet on the hardwood Sunday afternoon in a game that could be a make-or-break contest for both teams’ NCAA Tournament hopes.
The Huskers and Nittany Lions are both squarely on the bubble as they head into their regular season finales. But Penn State has a slight edge over Nebraska, according to Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology.
Lunardi had Penn State as the fourth team outside the field of 68 in an NCAA Tournament projection released Thursday. Nebraska was right behind as the fifth team on the wrong side of the bubble.
Penn State — which beat Nebraska in January — enters Sunday’s game in Lincoln (5:15 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network) on a two-game slide. The Nittany Lions came up short at Purdue on Sunday and dropped a 72-63 decision to Michigan at home on Wednesday. Nebraska, meanwhile, has won seven of its last eight games with the lone loss coming at Illinois last week.
Here’s how the two programs’ resumes stack up heading into Sunday’s meeting:
Record: 21-9 (12-5 Big Ten)
Record vs. top 50 RPI: 1-5
KenPom rank: 57
Record: 19-11 (9-8 Big Ten)
Record vs. top 50 RPI: 2-4
KenPom rank: 27
Whichever team wins Sunday’s clash will enter the Big Ten Tournament with some momentum and a better-looking resume.