The Nebraska Huskers look to be the surprise team of this year’s Big Ten Tournament. Moments ago, Tim Miles’ team knocked off fifth-seeded Maryland.
The Huskers are playing with just six scholarship players. Miles is very much on the hot seat, after his team fell apart during the Big Ten regular season.
Of course, college basketball is designed for every team to have a shot to save their season in March. Miles’ club is playing hard for him, and now, they have two games in the last 24 hours.
On Wednesday, Nebraska won its first round game against Rutgers, 68-61.
Today, the Huskers posted nearly the exact same score, comfortably dispatching of the Terrapins 69-61.
James Palmer has been absolutely on fire for the Huskers. His 24 points led the team, but is amazingly his lowest output this month.
With the win, Nebraska basketball moves on to face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal.
The Badgers have not yet played a game in the tournament, after earning a double-bye.
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) March 14, 2019
That match-up will be the second game of tomorrow’s action, on Big Ten Network. Top-seed Michigan State faces Ohio State in the first game at 12:30 p.m. ET, with Nebraska-Wisconsin tipping off 25 minutes after the end of that one.
The Huskers lost the only game against Wisconsin this season, 62-51 in Lincoln.
Entering the tournament, Ken Pomeroy gave Nebraska just a 22.5-percent chance of reaching the quarterfinal, so the Huskers have already exceeded expectations. They’ll need to go all the way to reach the Big Dance though, and KenPom only gave them a 0.4-percent shot at that.
So yes, Nebraska fans, we’re saying there’s a chance.