Nebraska has one win. Well, no, that's not technically true, because the Huskers' win over Maryland on Tuesday night was their 20th victory this season, but they only have one win worth talking about, which is why Nebraska fans may be disappointed by Bracketology projections in the coming days and shouldn't begin discussing NCAA Tournament travel plans.
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Nebraska reached 20 victories for the first time in a decade and second time in two decades, which in itself is a remarkable accomplishment given last year's 12-win debacle and unfriendly preseason projection (yours truly had them ranked 135th in the country). They're riding a six-game winning streak and are 11-4 in the Big Ten with three regular-season games remaining. And they were in Tuesday's edition of HERO Sports Bracketology.
Nebraska could — and should — finish the regular season with a 23-8 record, which would at minimum earn the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament. And while that should put them in the projected field for Selection Sunday, it's not a lock, thanks to a pedestrian résumé.
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The Huskers have zero Quadrant 1 wins on their NCAA Team Sheet (0-6) and just four Quadrant 2 wins, which includes — by a mile — their best win of the season, a 20-point home demolition of Michigan. Their next best wins are Northwestern (away) and Minnesota (away), and they lost to two non-tourney teams in UCF and Penn State.
A 23-win Big Ten team has never missed the tourney, and though I wouldn't bet the farm on that happening, Nebraska needs a solid win in the Big Ten Tournament (e.g. Purdue, Michigan State or Ohio State) to not only officially secure an at-large but also avoid the play-in game.