No. 15 MI rolls past Nebraska

Lawrence Cooper
March 3, 2018

Graduate of University of Delaware.

The Big Ten tournament title game takes place Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

No. 4 seed Nebraska (22-10, 13-6 Big Ten) had a chance to perhaps clinch a berth to the NCAA tournament, but instead were suffocated by No. 5 seed MI 77-58 on Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

MI likely sealed a tournament berth with its win over Penn State Thursday night, but Nebraska still has work to do because of several bad losses in its non-conference schedule.

So, if you're filling out a Big Ten quarterfinal bracket, pencil in Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan. A win would go a long ways towards an NCAA bid. "I mean, as a competitor you feel like you owe them one, you know?" We've beaten teams that we should beat. After that loss, MI won eight of its final 10 regular-season games and topped No. 12 seed Iowa 77-71 in its tourney opener Thursday. He finished 3 for 14 for 11 points against MI, but his late 3 was the biggest shot of the game for the Hawkeyes.

And coaches around the conference would agree with that assessment.

The Madness is already in full swing after Virginia's insanely improbable comeback Thursday at Louisville, and Rutgers' ongoing run to the Big Ten quarterfinals. MI was left out in 2003 and in missed in 2005 after going 10-6, while Ohio State missed in 2016 after finishing 11-7.

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WHO IS NEXT: Nebraska's fate now rests with the selection committee. Nebraska went 1 for 20 from the field for a stretch.

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"They did a pretty good job of taking away our pick-and-pop, and we just couldn't find a way to benefit from it", Wagner said. Even if they lost to Notre Dame on Saturday and then lost their first ACC Tournament game, their resume would still be better than Villanova's, which includes a home loss to St. John's.

It was the same for Alabama in 2011, as the Crimson Tide won their division with a 12-4 SEC record but were left out of the NCAA tournament.

The Big Ten isn't the usual Big Ten this season in terms of depth. Isaiah Roby had a team-high 18 points and was 50 percent from the field.

Indiana (IN) had more second-chance points with 14, compared to Rutgers' 4. The Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, 15-2 ATS in their last 17 vs.

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Nebraska has an RPI in the 50s, an bad nonconference strength of schedule in the mid-to-high 200s, and the Cornhuskers are just 6-9 away from home. If either North Carolina (No. 2 seed, East) or Duke (No. 2 seed, Midwest) wins the ACC, that champion would have a good chance. A win over Maryland would be just that. He also had two blocks, a steal and an assist. KenPom, BPI and Sagarin are all in the 50s. Moreover, there are teams around or behind the Cornhuskers (UCLA, Syracuse, Washington, etc.) that can jump them and move into the field.

· A tough ending for IU's senior guards: This was not the ending that Josh Newkirk and Robert Johnson envisioned for their IU careers. "I don't think this loss should affect us".

All Nebraska fans can do now is hope that the other bubble teams lose.

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