Nebraska basketball can turn a somewhat bumpy season into an NCAA Tourmanent bid, according to ESPN Stats and Info. And the path is fairly straightforward.
Win the Big Ten tournament 🙂 Even if the Cornhuskers don't and they win the rest of their games before the Big Ten tournament, BPI sees them as 99% to get in. Should they lose only 1 game before, then 72 %
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2018
The College Basketball Power Index, or BPI, is “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of performance going forward.” Nebraska’s currently slotted at No. 65 in BPI, right below Providence and above Murray State.
As unlikely as winning the Big Ten Tournament might be, the Huskers end their regular season with games against Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana and Penn State — all winnable contests. With games against stronger teams like Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan in the rearview mirror, Nebraska’s path the NCAA Tournament is firmly within view.
According to ESPN, if Nebraska doesn’t win the league championship, its chances of qualifying are 99 percent so long as the team wins their remaining regular season games. Even if they lose once, their chances are still at 72 percent.
Nebraska is riding a four-game winning streak, with the Huskers handing Minnesota a 91-85 loss on Wednesday. Sophomore forward Isaiah Roby scored a career-high 21 points and added eight rebounds in the victory.