Once the Huskers (21-10 overall and 11-5 in the Big Ten) beat MI in the league tournament, they felt like they'd done more than enough to secure a bid. The Longhorns advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game, while the Black Bears earned the America East automatic bid by winning the tournament title. The players, however, viewed the season as NCAA or bust. Sure, the Huskers didn't play many great teams, but their record should have gotten them in. "So we will play if there is that opportunity". It's a different feel.
"Without a doubt, if you look at our overall body of work, we haven't done anything wrong", Padgett told the media after Thursday's 75-58 defeat to the eventual ACC champion Cavaliers.
His latest rebuilding effort at Mississippi State saw the Bulldogs finish seventh in the SEC standings with a 9-9 ledger after placing 12 in 2017. The Huskies won two straight over Cal and OSU but would lose to OR on the final day of the regular season.
Now, MSU will try to gain traction in the NIT and parlay it into next season.
File this under "If it's not broke, fix it anyway": When the NCAA tournament brackets are announced today on TBS, the plan is to first announce which 68 teams made the tournament before they unveil the brackets. "You try to think about at any position you fill, what are the key factors you want out of that".More news: Coutinho backs Neymar for Barcelona return
But there's nothing like getting ready for a game.
Instead Nebraska (22-10) will return to Starkville 143 days after beating the Bulldogs 76-72 in a hurricane exhibition game on October 22.
UW pushed its non-conference record to 10-3 and surpassed its win total from last season. "It kind of takes away some of the hype of a Marquette game", said D'Acquisto. "It feels like several years ago". "Lots of screaming, lots of emotion and then lots of jumping up and down". The 23 wins this year matches the most victories under head coach Bashir Mason, who led the 2015-16 team to a 23-11 mark. It will be a huge challenge.
"It's going to be another great environment for our fans to come out and support what we're doing with the program here".
MSU will play without Nick Weatherspoon.More news: Bhushan, Luv announce collaborations post-SKTKS success
"He won't play Wednesday", Howland said. "If we get on a roll and get to NY (for the tournament semifinals), hopefully, he could then come back some and help".
The 2018 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled on Sunday. The semifinals and finals are held in NYC. "It is the most historic venue in our sport". "Once the players saw that "N" it was just an immediate joy". She averages 12.4 points per game.
"We realized that playing and participating and actually putting the effort into doing what we need to do is the best decision", he said. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.More news: Is Aamir Khan unimpressed by Katrina Kaif's action in Thugs of Hindostan?