24th ranked Nebraska battles a familiar foe in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, when the Huskers take on No. 9 Texas A&M on Monday in College Station, Texas. Tip-off between the No. 6 seed Huskers (24-8, 12-4 Big Ten) and No. 3 seed Aggies (25-9, 11-5 SEC) at Reed Arena is set for 8:30 p.m.
The Huskers, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, advanced to the second round for the third time in the last six years with a 73-59 victory over No. 11 seed Chattanooga on Saturday. Texas A&M won its fourth straight win with a 71-45 run past Wichita State. The Huskers own a 14-9 edge in the all-time series with Texas A&M, including a 10-8 mark as Big 12 Conference foes (1996-97-2010-11). A&M won the last meeting, 84-49, in NU’s last Big 12 regular-season game on March 3, 2011 at Reed Arena. That Aggie team went on to win the 2011 NCAA title.
10th seeded Creighton earned a 61-56 upset win over 7th seed Syracuse in the opening game on Saturday. Junior McKenzie Fujan led the Jays with a career-high 24 points, including 17 of the Bluejays’ 24 in the first half. No. 2 Tennessee posted a convincing 83-63 win over No. 15 Oral Roberts, led by 18 points from Meighan Simmons. Creighton and Tennessee have never met before. Head coach Jim Flanery is 0-3 against current SEC teams, 0-2 vs. Auburn and 0-1 against Missouri.
Creighton is playing in their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including 1992, 1994, 2002, & 2012. The Jays moved to 3-4 all time in the NCAA Tournament, Creighton’s last victory in the ‘Big Dance’ came in 1994. Creighton has never won back-to-back games in the NCAA Tournament.