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13 March 2018, 11:04 | Lena Norman
As Tim Miles tried to process how his Nebraska squad, which went 22-10 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten this season, was relegated to a five-seed in the NIT, he couldn't help but look back on the path that led up to Selection Sunday.
Other intriguing possible NIT opponents include: Oklahoma and freshman sensation Trae Young, a 23-win Boise State team or Louisville, Notre Dame, Baylor and Oklahoma State, which are projected to land No. 1 seeds. That means there were at least 16 teams ahead of them that didn't even make the NCAA Tournament.
"If I focus on something that concerns me, that's taking away from effort and energy I need to put into this team", said Padgett, whose one-year contract for $800,000 plus incentives runs through September.
NU, already disappointed at getting shut out of the NCAA tournament, learned Sunday night that the consolation tournament sent it to Starkville, Mississippi - where it defeated Mississippi State 76-72 in an exhibition game on October 22 - as a No. 5 seed for a rematch with the Bulldogs (22-11).
Now one of the great stories in college women's basketball this season is going to finish the season playing in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska (21-10) is a No. 10 seed and will play No. 7 seed Arizona State (21-12) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Austin, Texas.
After getting knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament on March 2 by Michigan, Nebraska spent the next nine days practicing and preparing as if they would be in the field.
NU has lost its last three NIT games, all on the road: to Wichita State in 2011, New Mexico in 2009 and Ole Miss in 2008.
They say $20 premium tickets are for sale in the premium boxes and terrace areas. This is the 14th time the program has played in the NCAA tournament, but the first under second-year head coach Amy Williams.
It's been a long four days for the Huskies since their first-round loss in the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday. However, they'll be coming down to Starkville to play. The Owls were seen as an NCAA Tournament lock at one point and own wins over Auburn, Wichita State, and Clemson, but finished with an 8-10 record in the AAC. "I hope we rally and respond and the guys feel the same way I do". They lost in Lincoln on the last day of the regular season. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals.
Both the Huskers and Bluejays are in the Kansas City Regional.
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