Bulldogs hosting Nebraska to open NIT

Louisville interim head coach David Padgett will coach in the NIT. More

Nebraska is not in the field of 68 for the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

As for the Mississippi State, the Bulldogs will be a No. 4 seed and welcome No. 5 Nebraska to Starkville on Wednesday for a 9 p.m. EST tip. When Marquette was more of a sure bet to make the tournament in 2016-'17, players celebrated with fans in the Union Sports Annex, a campus sports bar where tourney-bound Marquette teams tend to hold viewing parties.

The first three rounds are held at campus sites and in most cases the higher seed is the host. If they win, the Bears will host the victor of Mississippi State and Nebraska. Baylor has the chance to host all the way to the quarterfinals.

The game will be played in Austin, Texas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

I was also vehemently opposed to Nebraska making the NCAA Tournament and I am glad they did not.

Wednesday's game will not be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, but instead, the Al McGuire Center, named after the coach who led the team to an NIT title and its only NCAA basketball championship.

There could be some intriguing matchups involving UW if the NIT Selection Committee wanted to spice up the story lines for the games that'll be televised on the ESPN networks.

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For Nebraska, ultimately, it appeared to be less about the quantity of wins and more about the quality.

The UO will operate public shuttles from Autzen Stadium only for the NIT first round game.

Lindsey said he is excited to play under these revised rules, but that shouldn't change the outcome of games.

Padgett's main focus is getting the Cardinals (20-13) past their disappointment of failing to earn an NCAA Tournament bid and prepare for Tuesday night's appearance in the NIT against Northern Kentucky (22-9). The Irish also had a strong case for a spot in the NCAA tourney after preseason All-American Bonzie Colson returned from a broken left foot.

"We've worked hard all year to get to postseason", the elder Weatherspoon said.

ESPN's bracket expert, Joe Lunardi, projects Syracuse as a bubble team that will not receive one of the 36 at-large berths to the NCAA tournament.

Both the Huskers and Bluejays are in the Kansas City Regional.

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