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Nebraska will travel to Mississippi State for a first-round NIT game after the Huskers received only a No. 5 seed for the 32-team tournament.

There is a very good chance the Huskers don't see their name until the NIT selection show begins at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

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. One year after posting the worst record in school history, Nebraska improbably posted one of the biggest turnarounds in NU athletics.

ISU coach Dan Muller said two weeks ago the Redbirds would decline invitations to the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Tournament if they weren't selected for the NIT or advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the MVC tourney title.

Nebraska still posted a Strength of Record - easily its best resume metric - of 32nd nationally that put it ahead of 24 other teams considered to be on the bubble or safely in the tournament.

Nebraska finished 1-6 against Quadrant 1 opponents and 2-3 against Quadrant 2 foes.

The regular season was fun, but at the end of the day, Nebraska was not worthy of partaking in this year's tournament.

"I'm still emotional about the whole thing", Miles said. "Yeah, I am disappointed we did not finish stronger but I am excited about playing and the guys better be too".

"When all those brackets were going by and we weren't seeing our name, it was kind of getting a little nerve-wracking", Williams said. "We watched her play quite a bit". "I don't want to create any more distraction than what he has".

Williams earned 2018 Big Ten Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors from the league coaches and media and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith National Coach-of-the-Year award. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten semifinals. The Hawkeyes and Gophers also made the Tournament.

Once the Huskers (21-10 overall and 11-5 in the Big Ten) beat MI in the league tournament, they felt like they'd done more than enough to secure a bid. "Nobody could've predicted that, and you can't".

Overall, the Huskies were just an OK team this year, and to that extent so is Boise State as is why both are in the NIT and not in the NCAA Tournament.

"It's a debate and it's a discussion about the quality of wins, the quality of opportunities, compared to the quantity of opportunities", Rasmussen said during the TBS broadcast. You read that right.

Boise State and Washington played a closed scrimmage before the season. They are a No. 4 seed and will host an opening round contest.

"I'm not ready to stop watching now and seeing Rowsey one more time is worth the price", said Rogers. "It's hard for an 8 o'clock game on a weeknight, but we need it". The games in November, December count the same as the games in February and March. On their final NCAA team sheet, the Huskers' RPI was 56, with an average RPI win of 180. They had some absolutely great wins. "We had a chance to play LSU and then Iowa and lost at Washington".