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  1. Maybe he hurt his back while exercising in bed but did not realize it until he got up.
  2. To be fair Doc’s hiring was not typical. Collier was not fired but took the Butler AD position not long before fall classes started. Pederson had few choices and needed to move quickly. I am not sure whether a better candidate was even available.
  3. Looking at all the numbers, its crazy that 2-3 wins are all that keeps Nebraska from being on the bubble (and, IMO, in the tourney). I would only worry about the Non-Con SOS if Nebraska had lost to someone other than Texas Tech. 3 BIG Tourney wins with a semifinal loss (likely to Michigan St) would leave Nebraska with a Q1/Q2 record of 11-16. I kind of wonder how the committee would handle that analysis.
  4. It is really hard to make that determination when you are only looking at Nebraska by itself. Right now Bracket Matrix has Butler as the last team in. Butler has a similar overall record but only 1 Quad 1 win (against Ole Miss) with only 2 Quad 1 games remaining on the schedule. Assuming Butler wins its remaining non-Quad 1 games and loses the Quad 1 games, Butler would have a 18-13, 9-9 final record with 1 Quad 1 win. I think a 17-14 Nebraska would be left out due to a 7-13 conference record (but I guarantee it would be closer than you think). However, it would be hard for the committee to take Butler over a 18-13 Nebraska squad with 5 Quad 1 wins. The next three -- Temple (0), Arizona St (2), and Clemson (1) -- also would have the same issues against a 18 win Nebraska. EDIT: I forgot to mention. Right now Nebraska does not have any Quad 3 or worse losses. Illinois and Rutgers are Quad 2. If Illinois wins a few more games, that could change to a Quad 1 loss. Tougher losses should give Nebraska an edge as well.
  5. Quad 1 record: 2-8 Home: Purdue; Iowa Away: PSU; Michigan; MSU Conference Record: 5-10 I keep looking over last year's selections versus Quad 1 wins. This SOS is very tough and could help Nebraska. Oklahoma St (5) and LSU (6) were left out while Oklahoma (6) got in. All had 8-10 conference records. The biggest difference I can see differentiating this group is the Non-Con schedule. LSU had 3 losses with one being to Stephen F Austin at home. Oklahoma State had a lot of easy wins. I could see an Oklahoma type path if Nebraska goes 4-2. All of the above are Quad 1 wins. It will be hard for the Committee to ignore 6 Quad 1 wins. A 3-3 record would require a deep run into the BIG tourney. 2-4 or worse and Nebraska is NIT bound.
  6. No doubt Turgeon does get good players, but he hardly has the area on lock down. It seems he lands the overrated local players and misses on the superstars. It really frustrates a lot of the base. Also, Under Armour/Maryland is nothing like Nike/Oregon. Maryland's fundraising base had surprisingly withered over the years (the Washington Post ran a really good article on this issue 6 months after it joined the BIG), and the AD was heavily in debt when Maryland joined the BIG. The stability at the top of the AD has been problematic recently as well. Further, the handling of DJ Durkin has led to some unrest within the AD. I am not trying to suggest Turgeon is looking around. I just am providing reasons why he would listen, and the likelihood of Maryland letting him go. Nebraska would have to be the aggressor as I doubt Maryland will fire Turgeon at this time. I do know that Maryland was very unhappy with Turgeon last year and would have considered cutting ties had Maryland endured an "average" season this year like what happened in 2017-2018.
  7. My in-laws worked in the Maryland AD for years and are still very connected. The general view is that people like Turgeon but feel Maryland is deserving of a “better” coach. It reminds me of the relationship Mark Richt had with Georgia. If Nebraska were to offer, Maryland would not exactly fight to keep him. However, I have no clue as to Turgeon’s interest. On another note, a close friend of mine has a very close connection with Duke and shared the following. Evidently, once a year the Duke alumni newsletter examines the current basketball coaching staff during the season and identifies specific schools where each assistant coach could become a HC. The January 2019 newsletter listed Nebraska as one of five schools were Jon Scheyer could land as HC. At the time of publication, Miles had the team playing well; and the newsletter noted Scheyer to Nebraska would only occur if Miles was fired while, alternatively, the other schools were already on the brink of a coaching transition. The newsletter does not indicate whether Coach K had any input but these projections are not based on idle speculation.
  8. Remaining Games: Quad 1 record: 2-4 Home: tOSU; Wisconsin; Maryland; Minnesota; Northwestern; Purdue; Iowa Away: Rutgers; Illinois, Purdue; PSU; Michigan; MSU Conference Record: 3-4 (2-1 home; 1-3 road). This link has all of the Quad 1 wins last year by school. https://herosports.com/college-basketball/bracketology-ncaa-team-sheet-quadrant-1-wins-michigan-ahah 4 Quad 1 wins seems to be the tourney bubble with 5 of 9 getting into the tournament. Georgia and Baylor had losing conference records. Marquette was identified by the committee, with Notre Dame, as the next two out. USC was likely the victim of a bad conference. Of the 5 of got in, Arizona, Gonzaga won their respective conference tournaments. of the remaining 3 at large qualifiers, Wichita State, Clemson, For the most part 5 Quad 1 wins gets you into the tourney. Oklahoma St (5 wins) and LSU (6 wins) were the only schools with more Quad 1 wins who were left out of the tourney, likely because both has losing conference records. I really believe the committee let Oklahoma (6 wins) in with a losing record because it did not want to look bad after listing Oklahoma in the early power rankings. Oddly enough, all of the at large play-in games were between schools with 3 Quad 1 wins. Syracuse, UCLA, and Arizona St seem to be rewarded for their strong non-conference records while St. Bonaventure had a 8 and 12 game winning streak during the season. Right now, Iowa, MSU, Michigan, Purdue (twice), Wisconsin, and Maryland are potential Quad 1 wins. 3-4 in those games and 5-0 in the remaining games (8-4 total) would leave Nebraska at 12-8 in the conference and safely in the tourney. I could see a scenario of 11-9 getting Nebraska into the tourney provided the additional loss results from a Quad 1 game.
  9. 2 2 Michigan Big Ten 17-0 3-0 2-0 12-0 0-0 7 7 Michigan St. Big Ten 15-2 4-1 2-1 9-0 0-0 10 10 Nebraska Big Ten 13-4 2-3 2-1 8-0 1-0 17 20 Purdue Big Ten 11-6 1-4 2-2 8-0 0-0 18 17 Maryland Big Ten 15-3 3-1 1-0 11-2 0-0 20 19 Wisconsin Big Ten 11-6 3-3 2-1 6-2 0-0 27 28 Iowa Big Ten 14-3 1-2 3-0 10-1 0-0 31 30 Indiana Big Ten 12-5 1-4 1-0 10-1 0-0 36 35 Ohio St. Big Ten 12-4 3-2 1-0 8-2 0-0 48 45 Minnesota Big Ten 13-3 1-2 4-0 8-1 0-0 58 58 Northwestern Big Ten 10-7 0-3 2-1 8-3 0-0 83 81 Penn St. Big Ten 7-10 1-5 1-2 5-3 0-0 126 125 Illinois Big Ten 4-12 0-4 0-4 4-4 0-0 131 113 Rutgers Big Ten 8-8 1-5 0-0 7-3 0-0 Remaining Games: Home: MSU; tOSU; Wisconsin; Maryland; Minnesota; Northwestern; Purdue; Iowa Away: Rutgers; Illinois, Purdue; PSU; Michigan; MSU Conference Record: 3-3 (2-0 home; 1-3 road). My original calculations had losing both Michigan State games. This Michigan State game could be huge for momentum as the remaining schedule is favorable until the last (back-to-back) road games against Michigan State and Michigan (followed by a closeout home game against Iowa). The Purdue road game could be the difference between 4-6 and 5-5. Depending on tonight's results, I now can see a 13-7 or 14-6 conference record. I like playing Rutgers after a tough Michigan State game.
  10. 3 3 Michigan Big Ten 15-0 2-0 2-0 11-0 0-0 7 7 Michigan St. Big Ten 13-2 3-1 2-1 8-0 0-0 15 15 Nebraska Big Ten 11-4 1-3 2-1 7-0 1-0 17 17 Wisconsin Big Ten 11-4 3-2 2-1 6-1 0-0 20 20 Indiana Big Ten 12-3 1-3 1-0 10-0 0-0 22 22 Purdue Big Ten 9-5 0-3 2-2 7-0 0-0 29 29 Ohio St. Big Ten 12-2 3-0 1-0 8-2 0-0 32 32 Maryland Big Ten 12-3 2-1 1-0 9-2 0-0 35 35 Iowa Big Ten 12-3 0-2 3-0 9-1 0-0 38 38 Minnesota Big Ten 12-2 1-2 4-0 7-0 0-0 56 56 Northwestern Big Ten 10-5 0-2 2-1 8-2 0-0 76 75 Penn St. Big Ten 7-8 1-4 1-2 5-2 0-0 125 126 Illinois Big Ten 4-11 0-4 0-4 4-3 0-0 135 135 Rutgers Big Ten 7-6 1-3 0-0 6-3 0-0 Remaining road games: Indiana, Rutgers, Illinois, Purdue, Penn State, MSU, Michigan. I wonder if games at Rutgers and Illinois may give the team enough confidence to win at Purdue. Still sticking to my 12-8 prediction.
  11. Purdue is higher ranked than Maryland right now. Nebraska only dropped 4 places in the NET after losing to Maryland. Win or lose, the SOS is in our favor. It’s too early to discuss seeding. I just want to get in. 3 3 Michigan Big Ten 13-0 2-0 2-0 9-0 0-0 7 9 Michigan St. Big Ten 12-2 2-1 2-1 8-0 0-0 14 10 Nebraska Big Ten 11-3 1-2 2-1 7-0 1-0 15 14 Wisconsin Big Ten 10-3 2-2 2-1 6-0 0-0 18 19 Ohio St. Big Ten 12-1 3-0 1-0 8-1 0-0 21 21 Indiana Big Ten 11-2 1-2 1-0 9-0 0-0 30 30 Purdue Big Ten 8-5 0-3 2-2 6-0 0-0 32 42 Maryland Big Ten 11-3 1-1 1-0 9-2 0-0 35 36 Iowa Big Ten 11-2 0-1 3-0 8-1 0-0 52 50 Minnesota Big Ten 11-2 0-2 4-0 7-0 0-0 60 54 Northwestern Big Ten 9-5 0-2 2-1 7-2 0-0 74 77 Penn St. Big Ten 7-6 1-3 1-2 5-1 0-0 124 129 Illinois Big Ten 4-9 0-2 0-4 4-3 0-0 127 126 Rutgers Big Ten 7-5 1-3 0-0 6-2 0-
  12. Thought I would start a thread to discuss Nebraska's chances of making the tournament. As some may remember, I was not high on Nebraska getting into the tournament last year mostly due to the lack of Quad 1 wins and the BIG being down. Losses to Illinois and Penn State really impacted Nebraska last year combined with no Quad 1 wins. This year, I feel the exact opposite. Currently, Nebraska is 11-3 with 3 Quad 1 losses. Based on comments made by the selection committee last year, I got the impression a Quad 1 loss seemed to hold equal weight to a Quad 3 win. Looking forward, I see Nebraska getting in with a 12-8 BIG record regardless of BIG tourney outcome. How we get there? 1. 3 road wins: Move on from Minnesota and Maryland. MUST WIN: Illinois, Rutgers, and Penn State. A road win against any of the remaining teams likely will be a Quad 1 win. 2. 9-1 home record: very doable. Nebraska tends to play well at home over the years. Just need to make sure the loss is to a Quad 1 team. The remaining road schedule is very rough, but should help the SOS component of the NET. Really, the more road wins, the better.
  13. http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25015812/g-league-offer-professional-path-elite-prospects-not-wanting-go-one-done-route-ncaa This could wreak havoc on college basketball rosters. Its not clear whether these contracts are available to kids who have already signed their LOI. Picture Kentucky signing a full class in November only to lose them all to the G League (plus other players declaring early). That being said, I think this route is the right way to go.
  14. Hearing the practices are going well. Team is really focused and Thomas Allen has really stepped up. Seems Chan is equal to (or better than) Jordy offensively (if that means anything) but have not heard about Chan defensively.
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