After some impressive non-conference wins, Nebraska basketball is projected as No. 6 in the latest bracketology and here’s why that’s too low.
The Nebraska basketball program isn’t one that is recognized as a traditional power in college hoops and maybe that is why the Huskers are being underrated right now.
But when you look at what Nebraska basketball has done on the floor so far this season, there is no way that the Huskers should be six seed in the NCAA tournament. Yet, that is where they sit in the latest bracket projections by CBS expert Jerry Palm.
Certainly, it’s good to see Nebraska in the bracket. But after notching wins against Seton Hall, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Creighton, there is no doubt the Huskers have earned their spot.
While none of those teams made Palm’s projected bracket, Kenpom has Creighton rated 39th, Clemson 41st, Seton Hall 58th and Oklahoma State 77th. What makes Nebraska’s record even better is that three of the four wins came by double digits and the lone close victory over Clemson was in a true road game.
Nebraska certainly has some good wins but their losses haven’t been bad either. Texas Tech, the first team to beat Nebraska, is currently a No. 2 seed and Minnesota, who the Huskers lost to on the road, is a No. 8.
Yet, when you talk about why Nebraska basketball deserves to be seeded higher, the first thing is the Kenpom rankings, which put the Huskers as the No. 14 team in the country. However, Kenpom isn’t the only ranking that has NU as a top 15 team.
The NET rankings, a set of rankings developed by the NCAA to give the selection committee instead of the RPI also has Nebraska basketball ranked in the top 15. In fact, the NET rankings have the Huskers currently at No. 13.
Nebraska boasts one of the best players in the Big Ten in James Palmer and with Isaiah Roby, Isaac Copeland, Glynn Watson Jr. and Thomas Allen, the Huskers have one of the best starting fives in all of college basketball.
Eventually, if they keep winning, the Huskers will get their due. But right now, this is one of the most underrated teams in the country and it’s time that the rest of the college basketball world starts to realize that.