Nebraska basketball getting early love as 2019 tournament team

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Nebraska basketball has quite a few people high on its future.

When it comes to Nebraska basketball, the team is not used to being in a situation where they are favored to do much of anything. If the early returns are in, the Huskers are going to find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

Now that the 2018 NCAA Tournament is over, many in the media are already talking about next year’s tourney. While the Huskers missed the tournament by a hair’s breath this season, it appears most believe the team has enough talent to make it in 2019.

Those who believe Nebraska is going to be very good is one man who was much maligned by Husker fans and Tim Miles in the week leading up to Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi, he of ESPN’s bracketology put out a tweet on Tuesday morning saying he was going to be putting out his first bracketology of the 2019 season.

In that tweet, he added that there shouldn’t be any complaints from people from Syracuse, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. The insinuation being all three teams are going to be projected as “in.”

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Lunardi is far from the only member of the media that appears to have caught the Cornhuskers bug. Tom Dienhart, from the Big Ten Network, is sold on the Huskers, as long as Isaac Copeland and James Palmer Jr come back.

Dienhart has actually picked Nebraska to finish third in the conference, behind only Michigan and Michigan State. Keep in mind Nebrasketball was picked by some to finish 13th in the 14 team conference a year ago.

If making the tournament and finishing in the top third of the Big Ten doesn’t get you going, how about starting the season in the Top 25? Fanragsports has issued it’s “way too early” poll for next season and the Huskers come in 23rd.

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All of these predictions are cold comfort after a rather disappointing end to the season. The Nebraska basketball team finished their year getting thumped in the Big Ten tournament and then manhandled in the first round of the NIT Tournament. At least it appears the future looks bright for this squad.