It’s going to be a long week for Penn State and Nebraska basketball fans who are still clinging to hope their teams will be called during next week’s NCAA Tournament selection show.
The Big Ten has four NCAA Tournament locks in Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State. Penn State and Nebraska are the conference’s two bubble teams, and if only one gets in the field of 68, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi says the Nittany Lions have the edge over the Huskers.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) March 3, 2018
Lunardi tweeted this opinion Friday night after Penn State defeated No. 13 Ohio State for the third time this season. Nebraksa lost to No. 15 Michigan earlier on the same day in the Big Ten Tournament.
Penn State has since lost to Purdue in the tournament’s semifinals, but that shouldn’t be a defeat that moves the Nittany Lions behind Nebraska. Both Penn State and Nebraska were listed on Lunardi’s “first four out” in a bracket projection he released ahead of Saturday’s games.
Penn State and Nebraska split their head-to-head matchups this season. Nebraska won, 76-64, on Feb. 25 in Lincoln with Penn State missing big man Mike Watkins due to injury.