For the third time in the last five seasons, the Nebraska men’s basketball team will participate in postseason play, as the Huskers were selected for the 2011 National Invitational Tournament Sunday evening.
Nebraska (19-12) will open postseason play Wednesday night, as the Huskers travel to Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State Shockers (24-8). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (central) and the game will be carried on ESPN2 and also across the state of Nebraska on the Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska was tabbed as the No. 5 seed in the Blacksburg (Virginia Tech) region and will be making its 24th postseason appearance, including the 17th NIT showing in program history. Nebraska has now reached the NIT in three of Doc Sadler’s five seasons at Nebraska. The four No. 1 seeds are Virginia Tech, Colorado, Alabama and Boston College.
The Huskers come into the postseason seeking its 20th win of the season and is 19-12 on the year following a 53-52 loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament on March 9. A win would give Nebraska its 13th 20-win season in program history and second under Doc Sadler. The Huskers have three wins over ranked teams in 2010-11, including a 70-67 win over No. 3 Texas on Feb. 19.
The Huskers are led by senior point guard Lance Jeter, who averages 11.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game to earn All-Big 12 honors. Jeter is among the Big 12 leaders in assists (fourth), steals (1.7, fifth) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3-to-1) entering postseason play.
If Nebraska wins against Wichita State, the Huskers will take on either Virginia Tech or Bethune-Cookman in the second round, which is slated from March 18-21. The NIT quarterfinals are March 22-23 with semifinals taking place on March 29 and the championship game set for March 31.