Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Washington Huskies land NIT invite, will host Boise State

Washington Huskies land NIT invite, will host Boise State

For the first time since 2013, the Baylor Bears will not be playing in the NCAA Tournament.

Mississippi State is 22-10 and finished tied for seventh in the Southeastern Conference. Meaning, the Cornhuskers weren't even close of making the NCAA Tournament. Coach Ben Howland's team went 18-2 at Humphrey Coliseum this season. "Nebraska's had some fine wins in their league".

To many, a No. 5 seed in the NIT seemed low, considering Nebraska finished the regular season as the fourth best team in the Big Ten and had an RPI of 56. The Bulldogs feature four players who average double figures, including Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averaged 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game en route to second-team All-SEC honors. He is also third with 67 assists and 13 steals.

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"We've worked hard all year to get to postseason", the elder Weatherspoon said. "I think that's my greatest concern...you try and get as competitive as you can, but we just haven't played". Our goal is to get to NY and win it all.

Despite a record of 22-10 and 13-5 in Big Ten Conference play, Nebraska's strength of schedule and lack of Quadrant 1 wins ended up being its downfall. All-Big 10 standout James Palmer leads Nebraska with his 17.3 scoring clip, followed by Isaac Copeland at 12.9.

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