Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament fate will be determined in the next 10 days. The Huskers have one regular-season game left — Sunday against Penn State, another team on the bubble — and then it’s on to the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
After a win over Indiana on Tuesday night, Tim Miles’ team is 21-9 overall and 12-5 in the Big Ten. So how many more victories do the Huskers need to ensure they hear their name on Selection Sunday? According to college basketball analyst Andy Katz, the answer is two.
Breaking down bubble teams, Katz wrote that two wins (one over Penn State and another in the Big Ten Tournament) should put Nebraska in the field of 68 for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.
“Nebraska probably has to beat Penn State at home this weekend and win one game in the Big Ten Tournament to get a bid,” Katz wrote on NCAA.com. “Losing to Indiana at home, after falling at Illinois, would have been devastating to the cause.”
Nebraska hosts the Nittany Lions on Sunday (5:15 ET, Big Ten Network), and the Huskers are looking to avenge an overtime loss earlier this season. A win over Penn State would give Nebraska the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and a bye until the quarterfinals next Friday.