Although Nebraska had an ugly non-conference performance this season, going just 6-6, the Cornhuskers have turned it around in Big Ten play thus far. Nebraska is 3-1 and Tim Miles has his team playing impressive basketball. However, the Cornhuskers suffered their first loss of the Big Ten campaign on Sunday and they would have been one or two spots higher if they had won.
This team is still figuring things out, but a 3-1 conference record with wins over Indiana, Maryland and Iowa prove that the talent is there. As long as this team can win 12, or so, games in league play, there’s a good possibility they will be dancing. However, the Cornhuskers need to rebound with a big win against Michigan on the road next week.
We are officially in the top-half of the conference power rankings and it starts with an up-and-coming program in Northwestern. Yes, it’s true that the Wildcats have never actually made the NCAA Tournament, but expect that to change sooner rather than later. Chris Collins has this team headed in the right direction, and after a shaky start to Big Ten play, the Wildcats won in Lincoln, Neb. Sunday.
Unlike most years, the Wildcats actually have some scoring threats on the roster that could make some noise down the stretch. Junior guard Scottie Lindsey is having a breakout season, leading the team with over 15 points per game, and sophomore forward Vic Law has been impressive as well. Don’t sleep on veteran point guard Bryant McIntosh, either.