Baylor is No. 1 seed in 2018 NIT Tournament

Laverne Higgins
March 13, 2018

Somehow, a Nebraska team that tied for fourth place in the Big Ten is no better than the 17th-best team in the 32-team NIT and will start postseason play on the road. Ultimately, it wasn't enough to be make the field of 68. The last time Nebraska made it, they were a ten-seed and lost in the first round to Baylor.

LSU and Mississippi State will both play in this year's NIT after exceeding preseason expectations this season.

Nebraska did a good job of helping its chances at the finish, beating a tournament-level team in MI in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

Nebraska, which produced one of the nation's top turnarounds under second-year coach Amy Williams in 2017-18, will face No. 7 seed Arizona State at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

Nebraska on Sunday night was 56th in NCAA RPI and 57th in

Datcher has seen action in 28 of State's 33 games this season.

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Wednesday's game will not be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, but instead, the Al McGuire Center, named after the coach who led the team to an NIT title and its only NCAA basketball championship.

"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. That pretty much sealed Nebraska's fate. However, they'll be coming down to Starkville to play.

After spending most of the past couple months on the bubble, Nebraska was done in by a schedule that featured just six wins against teams with winning records and one win over a team in the NCAA Tournament field.

Creighton was also chosen for the tournament as an at-large team.

After losing to MI in the Big Ten Tournament more than a week ago, the Huskers have been forced to wait and wonder whether they'll be playing in the NCAA Tournament this year. 2 Kansas in Kansas City, Mo. The Huskers have a 21-10 record this year. Not receiving an NCAA bid was another blow for the Cardinals, but Mahmoud said they're focusing on trying to win another tournament, albeit one with a lower profile than the Big Dance. Vermont, Middle Tennessee, and Louisiana-Lafayette are three of the strongest mid-major regular season champions.

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