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Ducks get NIT home game

Ducks get NIT home game

The Iowa women's basketball team waited over a week to find out its NCAA Tournament fate and finally heard it on Monday night.

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. The improvement is the largest increase by any team in 2018 NCAA Tournament field and tied for the biggest jump in Division I with fellow Big Ten partner Rutgers. They had only one quality win and had only six wins over teams with winning records.

Boise State (23-8) tried to play its way into the NCAA Tournament and was the No. 2 seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

No. 7 Green Bay will play No. 10 Minnesota at 2 p.m. Friday in the first matchup with the winners advancing to play in the second round on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena. All four teams had been hopeful of receiving at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Nebraska's lack of postseason success in the sport of basketball has been frustrating, as the Huskers have yet to win an NCAA Tournament game out of their seven tries.

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The selection committee's decision did not come as a surprise; BracketMatrix, a site that aggregates March Madness predictions, had Marquette in its "next four out" slot. Prior to 2016, the Seahawks last played in the NIT in 2002 when the Green & White, led by head coach Dereck Whittenburg, dropped a hard-fought 74-68 overtime decision at Richmond, which was coached by current MI head man John Beilein.

By having the game against Harvard at Al McGuire it should bring a heightened level of excitement and high energy that both players and fans during the game.

The Huskers went 22-10 this season, including a 13-5 record in the Big Ten, but they didn't really have any big wins.

It'll also give them time to cope with not making the NCAA Tournament and not letting that fact turn into a potential letdown. Overall this year, MSU is 22-11, it's most wins since having 21 in 2012.

There's the annual showdown with Creighton (at home), as well as the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City (Nov. 19-20) with Texas Tech, USC, and Missouri State also in the field. They lost in Lincoln on the last day of the regular season. That left only the Big Ten Tournament for Nebraska to make a statement.


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