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Bracketology update for Nebraska basketball after Wisconsin upset



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Nebraska basketball got a much-needed win over Wisconsin on Thursday and here’s the latest bracketology update.

For the second time this season, Nebraska basketball beat a top-10 team inside the Vault, although it did take a 19-point rally to knock off Wisconsin.

Beating the sixth-ranked Badgers, along with beating No. 1 Purdue is the strongest part of the Nebraska basketball NCAA tournament resume. The Huskers have three quadrant-1 victories (Michigan State) as well as three quadrant-2 victories.

There will be more chances to add to the resume, which includes a difficult road game against Illinois on Sunday, as well as a trip to Northwestern that follows. Those are both quad-1 opportunities for the Huskers.

Still, Nebraska basketball is in a much better position after the win over Wisconsin, than it was before. The Huskers are still among the last teams projected into the field by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, but they moved up from a No. 11 seed to a No. 10 and are no longer one of the first four.

They are probably the fifth or sixth-last team projected in the field. The win over the Badgers allowed the Nebraska basketball to move ahead of Seton Hall and Memphis.

Nebraska still has work to do

Fred Hoiberg was right though, the Huskers have work to do. They are 6-5 in the Big Ten. They need to be at least 10-10 overall in my opinion, although I think if they finish 11-9, which would mean 21 wins overall, they would be a lock to make the field of 68.

After these two road games, every game is winnable for the Huskers. However, winning in the Big Ten isn’t easy. Any team can beat anyone on any given night. Nebraska has looked bad at times, especially on the road and Sunday will be a huge test.

Win that game and you could see some real movement on the Huskers’ seed line.

Nebraska women’s baskeball team projected as a No. 8 seed

The Huskers are also projected to make the NCAA women’s tournament. They are 14-7 overall but 6-4 in the Big Ten. Nebraska women’s basketball is a No. 8 seed right now and will host Rutgers on Saturday afternoon in search of a second consecutive win.

Like the men’s basketball team, the Husker women are fifth in the Big Ten conference right now. Rutgers is 0-10 and 6-17 overall, meaning this is a game that ladies can’t afford to squander.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska