Nebraska basketball still has some believers. The Huskers’ NCAA Tournament hopes are hanging on by a thread as Selection Sunday looms, but there are still some people who think Nebraska deserves a chance in the big dance.
ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich made a case for the Huskers during a Saturday morning appearance on SportsCenter.
“I wouldn’t take any of those teams over a 13-win Big Ten Nebraska team,” Dakich said. “I wouldn’t take any of them. I get that you’re going the whole body of work, but Nebraska with 13 wins in the Big Ten, I know it’s a bit disparaging right now, but I’m taking them over any of those guys.”
Nebraska has a 22-10 overall record and went 13-5 in Big Ten play this season — typically a mark that guarantees an NCAA Tournament berth. But in a down season for the conference and a lack of meaningful wins for the Huskers, most experts have think the team’s bubble has burst.
ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi did not even have the Huskers listed among his “Next Four Out” in his bracket projection Saturday morning.
Huskers’ head coach Tim Miles made his NCAA Tournament pitch earlier in the week, confidently saying that the Huskers were in based on the precedent of having 13 Big Ten wins.
“Here’s what I know: We’re in. That’s what I know,” Miles told the Big Ten Network. “I don’t care what your bracketologist guy says, he’s full of it. I honestly think we’re in. I just look at so many things. The first thing I look at is a 13-win Big Ten team, there’s been 61 of them. All 61 have been in.”