Who thought Nebraska Basketball would be a hot commodity after the shocking performance against Wisconsin? Given how other strong contenders have fallen this week, the final buzzer against the Boilermakers appears to be something of a basketball shot heard round the world.
With the latest win, the Huskers have jumped 17 spots in the NET rankings over the last two days, now positioned at 41st, it is their highest point of the season. But the rating means more than that. This program under Fred Hoiberg at times looked promising, looked like there was potential and room for optimism, only to leave fans feeling as they did after the Madison display.
Following the convincing home win against what is still considered a top Purdue team, this team truly feels like anything is possible on any given night. With the success hinging on a much needed March Madness appearance (and dare we hope run!) the chances have been sizably helped with the latest Q1 mark in the win column.
With how this team is playing, Nebraska Basketball is not only playing an entertaining style of basketball but also is showing various ways to give opposing teams differing looks. Whether it is CJ Wilcher or Keisei Tominaga from the perimeter, or Rienk Mast along with Josiah Allick cleaning up the interior, it took a full team effort against Purdue and will take a continued full team effort moving forward if they are to achieve their season goals.
Nebraska Basketball needs to bring the show on the road
It is a good sign that Nebraska is able to beat a quality team. But one area of concern remains winning away from PBA. With a deep and strong Big Ten conference, any potential postseason run will need to be earned through prior away wins on the resume.
With the most immediate test coming at Iowa, this team cannot afford any let down after an inspiring performance. And while the top two teams (Purdue and Wisconsin) will no longer be faced on the opposing home courts this year, there are plenty of speed bumps remaining on the schedule that will allow this Nebraska Basketball team to prove that they have indeed turned over a new leaf.