Nebraska Basketball ranked in AP Poll for first time in four years

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Nebraska basketball beat Illinois to get to 7-1 Sunday and Monday, the Huskers were ranked by the AP poll for the first time since 2014.

If you are a fan of the Nebraska basketball team, you have to like how the 2018-19 season has started for the Huskers. Not only is Nebraska 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten, but now, NU is starting to get some national recognition.

After knocking off Clemson on the road last week and backing it up with a win over Illinois yesterday at home, the Nebraska basketball team cracked the AP top 25 this week, which was the first time since 2014, the last time the Huskers reached the NCAA tournament.

Obviously, getting ranked by the AP wasn’t a goal of the Huskers to start the season and it’s not going to help them get any closer to their goals, but it’s good, as fans especially, to see this Nebraska basketball team start to get what it deserves.

The Huskers have put together an impressive start to the season that includes wins over Seton Hall and Clemson, as well as the win in the Big Ten conference over Illinois. Nebraska also has a big week ahead with a road game against Minnesota Wednesday and the in-state showdown between the Huskers and Creighton at the Vault Saturday.

While the offense has been solid for Nebraska, scoring 78.2 points per game, the Huskers are just 77th in field-goal percentage and 197th when it comes to 3-point shooting percentage. James Palmer, Isaac Copeland and Glynn Watson are all averaging more than 14 points a game, but still, this team is winning because of defense.

The Huskers allowed the fourth-fewest points in college basketball and in all seven of their wins, they have held their opponents below 70 points, including Illinois, which scored just 60 points Sunday night.

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At No. 24, the Huskers are finally getting some respect and they will get even more with a win over Creighton Saturday. For now, though, it’s nice to see Nebraska basketball get some notoriety as one of the better teams in the country right now.