After Nebraska missed the NCAA Tournament, those around the program were even more confused about its seeding in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), which was released later Sunday night. The Cornhuskers, widely viewed as an NCAA Tournament bubble team entering Selection Sunday, received a No. 5 seed in the NIT.
Their selection begged the question: how far was Nebraska from making the NCAA Tournament field?
As it turns out, the Cornhuskers were still one of the final teams left out of the Big Dance. NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen said as much on a radio show Tuesday:
“We had really intense discussions on Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday morning about the teams that really were the last four in,” Rasmussen said on 1620 the Zone. “In fact, it went a little higher than that to teams like Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, [St. Bonaventure], Arizona State, Syracuse, and then Middle Tennessee and Nebraska were in that discussion. Frankly, Nebraska was one of the last teams that we eliminated.”
— John M. Bishop (@JohnBishop71) March 13, 2018
Rasmussen’s comments reiterate what many bracket experts thought of Nebraska entering Selection Sunday. Despite winning 13 Big Ten games, the Cornhuskers’ resume was not deserving of an at-large bid. They were widely viewed as one of the 10 best teams that would be left out of the NCAA Tournament.
As for their seed in the NIT, coach Tim Miles still has plenty of questions. And as of Tuesday, they have yet to be answered.
Despite reaching out to members of the NIT Selection Committee on Monday regarding #Nebrasketball being a 5-seed, Tim Miles said he still hasn’t gotten a response back.
— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) March 13, 2018
Nebraska travels to No. 4 seed Mississippi State for the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.