The Nebraska men’s basketball team will soon know its postseason fate with the NCAA Selection Show coming up this Sunday. While many are counting the Huskers out, one bracketologist believes they’re in the field.
ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Nebraska as the eighth team out of the tournament, and was quite vocal about that belief this week, telling the Omaha World-Herald that “ESPN will probably have a new bracketologist next season” if Nebraska gets selected.
One who has them firmly in however is Erik Haslam. He’s the owner of NCAA basketball analytics site HaslaMetrics.com.
While he notes Nebraska doesn’t have a lot of marquee wins, he told KLIN’s “LNK Today with Jack and Friends” that the Huskers have done one critical thing right this season.
“You’ve got to look at the games that teams are supposed to win,” Haslam said. “These are 18-year-old, 19, 20, 21-year-old kids. The toughest thing to do is to be consistent and win the games you’re supposed to win. You look at Nebraska’s schedule, they’re the king of winning games they’re supposed to win.”
NCAA selection chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen expressed that opinion to Haslam earlier this week.
An intriguing quote from Committee chair Bruce Rasmussen. Read into it what you will. pic.twitter.com/MSQd2QThzg
— Erik Haslam (@haslametrics) March 7, 2018
Haslam has Nebraska as an 11-seed on his website, but understands the odds for Tim Miles’ team getting a bid are still low.
“I’m going to go 20 percent (chance of getting in),” Haslam said. “I think the committee is going to think independently, and there’s going to be some people in the room fighting for the Huskers.”
The selection starts at 5 p.m. central Sunday on TBS.
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