Nebraska basketball was left out of the NCAA Tournament. It did not come as a huge surprise, but it was not the last time the Huskers would be spurned by a selection committee on Sunday.
Nebraska, which finished in fourth place in the Big Ten and won 13 conference games this season, was given a No. 5 seed in the NIT. The Huskers and their 22 regular season wins won’t even get a home game in the first round. Instead, Tim Miles’ team will travel to face fourth-seeded Mississippi State on Wednesday night.
An astounded Miles met with reporters Sunday night, shortly after Nebraska learned its NIT fate. The sixth-year Huskers coach said he feels like his team “got slapped in the face” by getting a No. 5 seed.
“I really do feel like we got slapped in the face. It is what it is,” Miles said. “We can still do something about it. I think that’s the good news. I hope we rally and respond and the guys feel the same way I do.”
Miles was asked if he felt like Nebraska Basketball got slapped in the face. pic.twitter.com/wceZXDy6mh
— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) March 12, 2018
“I just don’t know how seeding works in the NIT. I don’t know what factors are at large. Is it just completely off your track record or if there are other things like your available facilities,” Miles said. “…If they think we’re the 17th to 21st best team and there are 16 other teams ahead of us… I’d have a real problem with the committee on that.”
Tim Miles says he let his players go home after the NCAA selection show. Watched the NIT show in his office. #Huskers
— Chris Basnett (@HuskerExtraCB) March 12, 2018