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Nebraska basketball bracketology update (1/25): Huskers are trending up



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Both Nebraska basketball teams, the men and women, are projected to make the NCAA tournament via bracketology.

This was a make-or-break season for Nebraska basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg and so far, it’s been a resounding success.

Following the win over Ohio State on Tuesday, Nebraska basketball is 15-5 overall. The Huskers are 5-4 in the Big Ten and tied for fourth place in the league. More importantly than that, with 11 games left to go, Hoiberg’s team is in a solid position to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in his tenure. It would also be the first time since 2014.

There is still a long way to go for the Huskers, especially with three of the next four games on the road against Maryland, Illinois, and Northwestern. Wisconsin also comes to Lincoln during that stretch. If Nebraska can win a couple of games, that should solidify the resume as things get easier down the stretch.

Even before the 14-point win over Ohio State, Nebraska was projected in the field of 68 by Joe Lunardi of ESPN and the Huskers are currently a No. 9 seed. Purdue, Kansas State, Northwestern, and Michigan State are all in the field currently, and some of those wins are just getting better and better.

According to Bracket Matrix, Nebraska basketball is projected to make the NCAA tournament in 79 of 81 bracket projections with an average seed of No. 10. So at the moment, the Huskers aren’t even on the bubble.

Let’s hope they keep it that way.

Nebraska women’s basketball also projected to make NCAA tournament

The Husker women are 13-6 on the season and 5-3 in the Big Ten. They did lose to Penn State earlier this week, on the road, but on Saturday, Caitlin Clark and Iowa are coming to town.

Currently, the Huskers are projected as a No. 9 seed according to the women’s bracketology put out by ESPN. Amy Williams’ squad has been a little up and down, but the Big Ten is tough and Saturday provides the chance for a season-defining win, as well as one that would stand out on the NCAA tournament resume.

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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