It wasn't to be as Nebraska was handed a five seed and told it was traveling to Starkville to play Mississippi State. "There's a lot of quality teams and great players in the field". He had Minnesota - one of the eight teams listed here - as safely in as a 9 seed.
NU, already disappointed at getting shut out of the NCAA tournament, learned Sunday night that the consolation tournament sent it to Starkville, Mississippi - where it defeated Mississippi State 76-72 in an exhibition game on October 22 - as a No. 5 seed for a rematch with the Bulldogs (22-11). Not even enough to get a home game in the National Invitation Tournament. Baylor has the chance to host all the way to the quarterfinals.
The Tigers, who went 17-14 during the regular season, grabbed a No. 3 seed in the tournament will host in-state foe Louisiana on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST. All four teams had been hopeful of receiving at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona State finished in sixth place in the Pac-12 Conference.
Baylor also made a deep run in the NIT in 2009, but lost to Penn State in the tournament championship game.
"We hope you enjoy the show", Sabrina Ionescu told the crowd that gathered to watch the live selection show on Monday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Dressed in black, Tim Miles walked quietly into an interview room near the Hendricks practice facility. That pretty much sealed Nebraska's fate. The winners of the two first-round games will meet in Monday's second round.
Nebraska's 18th appearance in the NIT is the most of any Big Ten school. The Huskers are just the second Big Ten team since 1985 to win 22 games and not make the NCAA Tournament.
The Duck men beat Washington State and Utah in last week's Pac-12 tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada, before falling to USC in the semifinals.
UNC Asheville (21-12) at Southern Cal (23-11), 8 p.m. This despite the fact that they lost the NCAA tournament one seed Kansas by a point.
OR will open the 32-team tournament on home on Tuesday or Wednesday against Rider (22-9 and the regular-season Mid-American Conference champion).
Nebraska is one of six Big Ten teams in, joining Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State.