It’s good to be the queens of tiebreakers.
A 9-9 Big Ten record for the Nebraska women’s basketball team finished the regular season in a four-way tie for sixth place with Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern, but tiebreakers delivered the Huskers the No. 6 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament.
The Huskers (14-15 overall) beat MSU and UM in their only matchups of the season. Nebraska split with Northwestern but had a better record against the four teams (3-1) than the Wildcats (2-3).
Thus, NU received as favorable a draw as possible. It’ll play Thursday night in Indianapolis against the winner of the No. 11 Purdue/No. 14 Illinois game. The Huskers finished 3-0 against those two teams in the regular season.
Should Nebraska win that game, it’d face No. 3 seed Rutgers, which has dismissed multiple players from its team. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer is also taking a health-related leave of absence until after the Big Ten Tournament.
Nebraska most likely has to win two games in the Big Ten Tournament to qualify for the postseason WNIT, which requires at-large teams have at least a .500 record to be eligible. The WNIT holds an automatic spot for the Big Ten’s highest-finishing team that doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament; that squad appears to be No. 5 Ohio State, which finished one game ahead of NU in the league standings and, at 14-13, is unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament without winning the conference tournament.