With only three teams receiving NCAA Tournament bids - the fewest of any Power-5 conference - the Pac-12 fields five teams in the NIT.
Nebraska's 22-10 regular season that included a 13-5 record in the Big Ten wasn't good enough to land a spot in the NCAA Tournament when the bracket was announced early Sunday evening. Rider wants to play quickly (ranking ninth in adjusted temp, according to KenPom) and this should be a great test against a high-level opponent.
"They played some good non-conference games", Rasmussen said.
"We still have some season left", Huskies junior guard David Crisp said. "We get to do it at home". They also average 8.0 steals and 5.1 blocks per game, both of which rank in the top 25 for those categories.
"If it's just that we're the whatever seed, well. that's their perspective".
Sunday night, the Bulldogs garnered an NIT bid and will play host to Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with the victor facing Baylor or Wagner in the second round.
Louisville center Anas Mahmoud told reporters on Monday that the team held a player's-only meeting that morning to discuss whether they should play in the NIT or not. That's when the ESPN projections added the Huskers as the very last team in the NCAA Tournament.
On Sunday the Ducks (30-4) were No. 7 in RPI and projected as the No. 2 seed in the Spokane Region by ESPN.
Even changing one of Nebraska's close losses to Kansas, Creighton or Ohio State to a win wouldn't appear to do much more than improve the Huskers' NIT seeding. "Once the players saw that "N" it was just an immediate joy".
Miles let the team go home after it had gathered to watch the NCAA selection show at Hendricks. That includes freshman guard Taylor Kissinger, who injured her arm in the final game of the regular season.
This is the first year since 1988 the state of Wisconsin has not been represented at the big dance.
"This is a great opportunity for our team to continue to play more games, get more practices in and continue to grow in this system and culture we are putting into place here at Washington", Hopkins said in a statement released by UW.
The Broncos, who lost to Utah State 78-75 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament on Thursday, played in the NIT last season as well.
It's March and the Washington Huskies are going to a postseason tournament for the first time in years.
"I'm looking forward to it", Lindsey said. Despite winning 13 Big Ten games, the Cornhuskers' resume was not deserving of an at-large bid.