It’s going to be a stressful few weeks for Nebraska basketball fans but the Huskers improved their NCAA tournament position on Saturday.
Projecting the NCAA tournament bracket isn’t an exact science. But many of the experts have gotten pretty accurate over the years and Joe Lunardi of ESPN remains one of the best. Following the Nebraska basketball win over Michigan on Saturday, Lunardi teased what his next projection will look like.
And it’s that’s favorable to the Huskers. In the Feb. 9 bracketology projection, which followed the Nebraska basketball loss to Northwestern, the Huskers were among the last four byes. That means they were projected as one of the final eight teams in the NCAA tournament.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) February 10, 2024
The last four byes are the last four teams to avoid the First Four in Dayton, which is reserved for the final four at-large teams in the field, as well as the four lowest-seeded automatic bids.
Getting any selection at all would be a win for Nebraska basketball. They haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2014. Before that, it hasn’t happened since 1998.
Saturday was the 17th win of the season for Nebraska. That exceeded last year’s total already and with six games to go, the Huskers probably need at least four wins to feel safe. For now, though, Lunardi has the Huskers solidly in the field and according to his projections, they aren’t on the bubble at the moment.
Lose a home game though and that could change.
A huge opportunity awaits Nebraska women’s basketball
Despite an impressive win over Michigan earlier this week, the Nebraska women’s basketball also finds itself on the bubble. According to the latest NCAA tournament projections, the Huskers (14-8) would be among the last four byes.
That’s a good spot to be in. But if Amy Williams’ squad could upset Iowa and Caitlin Clark on Sunday (12 PM CST), in front of a sold-out crowd at PBA, that would certainly help their cause.
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