NFL star predicts Nebraska basketball is headed to the finals

Las Vegas Raiders defensive stud Maxx Crosby has more confidence in Nebraska basketball than most of its fans in his official March Madness bracket.
 Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) smiles
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) smiles / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a safe bet that most Nebraska basketball fans have filled out their brackets in a way where the Huskers are at least headed for a showdown against Houston Cougars. It’s likely there are some who might even have Hoiberg’s Heroes making a bit of a run and getting to the Sweet 16. There may even be a handful that has them going all the way to the Elite 8.

However, even the most diehard Nebraska basketball fans probably don’t have the Huskers going all the way to the National Championship game. Enter renowned very much not a Cornhusker fan, Maxx Crosby.

Crosby, a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders and former Eastern Michigan Eagle, is showing off his bracket as one of the NCAA’s celebrity pickers. It appears he’s going for broke. If his bracket is accurate, he’s going to be standing out from the pack, in a big way.

Crosby has the Nebraska basketball team getting by Texas A&M and then upending Houston in the second round. Fred Hoiberg’s crew will then get past Duke in the Sweet 16 and then knock off another upstart team in Texas Tech in the Elite 8.

Finally, in order to get the NCAA Tournament Championship, the Cornhuskers will overcome old Big 12 rival, Kansas. 

So who will Nebraska meet in the finals? Big Ten rival, Michigan State. This matchup, it should be pointed out would formulate an 8-9 game in the championship round.

Nebraska basketball being willed to the championship by NFL great

While that matchup and path to the championship might seem like perhaps Crosby is being totally unserious, it should be pointed out that he doesn’t have a bracket littered with crazy upsets. Yes, there’s Purdue getting knocked off by 16th seeded Grambling State. But is predicting the Boilermakers to lose in the first round that crazy?

It’s also worth pointing out that Crosby also correctly predicted upsets by Oregon of South Carolina and Duquesne over BYU.

Maybe he can work some of that magic on the Nebraska basketball program.