Nebraska (22-10, 13-5 Big Ten) and Mississippi State (22-11, 9-9 SEC) meet Wednesday in the first round of the 2018 NIT. The Huskers enter as the No. 5 seed, while the Bulldogs enter as the No. 4 seed.
The 2018 NIT is Nebraska’s 25th postseason appearance in school history. It is also the Huskers’ 18th appearance in the NIT. Nebraska won an NIT championship in 1996, while making semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1987. The Huskers last made an appearance in the NIT in 2011.
Nebraska and Mississippi State have met once in regular-season play and once in an exhibition game. The regular-season meeting took place in 1995 and the Bulldogs won 69-66 in the Ford Far West Classic in Portland, Ore. As for the exhibition game, the Huskers and Bulldogs met in Starkville, Miss., on Oct. 22, 2017. Nebraska won 76-72.
Nebraska-Mississippi State basketball: Game time, information
Nebraska and Mississippi State play at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14.
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Location: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss.
How can I watch the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on TV and online?
Nebraska and Mississppi State will be broadcast on ESPN2. WatchESPN will have the livestream.
Richard Cross and Paul Biancardi will call the game.
How can I listen to the Nebraska-Mississippi State basketball game on the radio?
Nebraska and Mississippi State can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at Huskers.com, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tip-off.
Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.
Nebraska-Mississippi State basketball preview
Nebraska enters NIT play after completing one of its most successful regular seasons in school history. The 2017-18 season is the first season since 1992-93 that Nebraska won at least 20 games prior to the conference tournament. The 1990-91 team is the only one to win more regular-season games than this team.
The 2017-18 season is also Nebraska’s 13th 20-win season in school history. The last time the Huskers hit the 20-win mark in a season (including the conference tournament) was in 2007-08. It also also the first time coach Tim Miles has reached a 20-win season since his 2011-12 season with Colorado State.
Nebraska heads to the NIT led by a pair of All-Big Ten selections in James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr. Palmer was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the conference coaches, while Copeland was named honorable-mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media.
Palmer averages 17.3 points per game, with 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game. The junior finished Big Ten play averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Copeland averages 12.9 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
Mississippi State features four players who average double figures. That includes Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averages 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. He was also named second-team All-SEC honors. Nick Weatherspoon follows with 11.1 points per game, and was named to the freshman All-SEC team. However, Weatherspoon is not expected to play Wednesday after a scary injury in the SEC Tournament last Friday.
Nebraska fans can expect some changes to the NIT this year. The NCAA announced experimental rule changes for 2018, which includes an extended 3-point line, a wider free-throw lane, four 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves, and a 20-second shot clock after offensive rebounds.