Nebraska basketball picked up its fifth win in six tries Monday night, rallying to beat Wisconsin on the road. The Huskers have been quietly building their NCAA Tournament resume throughout the last month, and they got a shout out from a national sports personality Monday night.
“If you’re sleeping on Nebrasketball, this right here is your wake up call,” SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt said on ESPN.
“If you’re sleeping on Nebrasketball, this right here is your wake up call.”
Shoutout to @notthefakeSVP.
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) January 30, 2018
Nebraska is now 17-8 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten. In most years, that kind of conference mark would put the Huskers in great NCAA Tournament position. But with a down year in the Big Ten and a lack of quality wins, they’re still seen on the edge of the bubble by most college basketball analysts.
Still, the Huskers are in good shape to make a run at their first NCAA Tournament since 2014. Nebraska’s final six regular-season games all come against teams that are either at or below .500 in conference play. Four of those games are at home.
With that kind of schedule and the Big Ten Tournament coming up, Tim Miles’ team could very well have 22 or more wins on its résumé by Selection Sunday. The Huskers also have one of the most prolific scorers in the Big Ten. James Palmer Jr. posted 28 points against Wisconsin on Monday, and he’s averaging 25.2 points per game over his last six contests.
It could be an intriguing February in Lincoln.