The victor of the Wagner-Baylor game advances to face the victor of the matchup between No. 4 Mississippi State- No. 5 Nebraska.
And he tried to explain something that wasn't really explainable. That's when the ESPN projections added the Huskers as the very last team in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska Coach Amy (Gusso) Williams will be leading her second school to an NCAA Division I Tournament, after also helping two Nebraska teams to the NCAA Tournament as a student-athlete.
Oklahoma staggered to the finish line, losing eight of its last 10 games. Baylor has been selected as a number one seed for the National Invitation Tournament.
Nebraska was clinging to NCAA hopes going into Sunday after finishing with a 13-5 Big Ten record and tying for fourth in the league.
On top of many firsts, the good news is that the Golden Eagles will have a packed house at The Al McGuire Center on Wednesday night.
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But the Huskers still look more tournament-worthy than some of these other teams that Lunardi and friends consider shoo-ins.
Life on the edge of getting in the NCAA Tournament can be an up-and-down affair that can give you an exciting feeling one moment, and a bad feeling the next.
Instead Nebraska (22-10) will return to Starkville 143 days after beating the Bulldogs 76-72 in a hurricane exhibition game on October 22. The Huskies finished 9-22 overall and only won two conference games in Romar's final season. In 2013, the sixth-seeded Huskers went to College Station, Texas and defeated 11th-seeded Chattanooga (73-59) before knocking off third-seeded Texas A&M (74-63) at Reed Arena to advance to the second NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Husker history.
Nebraska's first-round opponent, Arizona State, made its fifth-straight NCAA tournament.
A subdued Miles was diplomatic in his assessment of Nebraska's position. But that wasn't enough for the selection committee to include the Cardinals, who cost themselves a near-certain at-large berth with a stunning collapse against Virginia in the penultimate game of the regular season. "I know we're all excited about this opportunity". The Bears faltered in Big 12 play early that caused them to go 2-7 in conference play.