ESPN’s Joe Lunardi made news Thursday by saying that it is “very unlikely” that Michigan and Michigan State basketball both will wind up playing first- or second-round games of the NCAA Tournament in Detroit. Now, Lunardi is in the news again, but this time it’s for criticizing Nebraska basketball.
In a conference call with reporters, the college basketball analyst said Nebraska does not deserve to make the NCAA Tournament, and he went as far as saying the Cornhuskers don’t live up to their conference.
“This is a Big Ten team in name only,” Lunardi said, “and I think the committee is smart enough to see that.”
Lunardi was not light on the criticism, adding that a different team from a different conference in the same situation as Nebraska wouldn’t even be considered for the NCAA Tournament.
“If this was a team from another conference, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion,” Lunardi said.
“The truth is, there is no case [for Nebraska to make the tournament],” he added.
In what was likely as a result of these harsh quotes from Lunardi, Nebraska coach Tim Miles tweeted this:
Ok. No more internet!!! Today. Or until tonight. Whatever.
— Tim Miles (@CoachMiles) March 8, 2018
“Ok. No more internet!!! Today. Or until tonight. Whatever.”
This season, Nebraska has posted an overall record of 22-10. However, the Huskers fell to eventual Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan, 77-58, in their first game of the tournament last Friday.