On Sunday afternoon, the NCAA women's selection committee released a list of eight teams in consideration for the final four spots in the women's NCAA Tournament. "Hoping a certain number of teams lose, hoping other people get wins". Some of what is happening is within view of the players and coaches, and some more consumed by fans and media.
Oregon and Oregon State will learn their seeding and first-round matchups in the 2018 NCAA women's basketball tournament Monday, with the unveiling of the 64-team bracket. Baylor has been selected as a number one seed for the National Invitation Tournament.
The Huskers team with the third-most single-season wins in program history, the team that set a school record for conference victories, the team that was seeded fourth in the Big Ten Tournament, hadn't done enough.
Well, it didn't come as a surprise, but the Nebraska Cornhuskers were left out of the NCAA Tournament fun. The game will be televised by ESPN2, while a radio call of the game will be provided by the Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska (22-10) at Mississippi State (22-11), 6 p.m.
The Huskers surged into NCAA contention during a stretch in January when they won five straight games, and they were all good ones. Creme had predicted NU was the last team in the Tournament.
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A win would result in another home game at the Al McGuire Center against OR or Rider. Boise State's venue, the Taco Bell Arena, is hosting first-and second-round NCAA Tournament games. They had only one quality win and had only six wins over teams with winning records.
Sunday night, the Bulldogs garnered an NIT bid and will play host to Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with the victor facing Baylor or Wagner in the second round.
"It's a great opportunity and we got a chance to get better", Huskies junior forward and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Matisse Thybulle said of the NIT. It did not include Nebraska. So the Huskers were safely in, or weren't a contender. "But of course, nothing was for sure, and we were still nervous". If Nebraska didn't make the second-to-last cut.what happened? "We are Marquette", said Sobelman. Same for their head coach.
Rider, located in Lawrenceville, N.J., was the regular season champion of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after going 22-9 overall and 15-3 in league play. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals. The others were Buffalo, Minnesota and Oklahoma.
There's the annual showdown with Creighton (at home), as well as the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City (Nov. 19-20) with Texas Tech, USC, and Missouri State also in the field.