NEW YORK — So now what after the Nebraska men's basketball team lost to Michigan 77-58 in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday?
NU fans hoping for a week of anticipation to see where their team would end up in the NCAA Tournament now have to wait with a different kind of anticipation to see if the Huskers even make the 68-team field.
That's life on the bubble, where Nebraska (22-10) and its fans have lived the last couple months.
In 2014, there was a party at Pinnacle Bank Arena as Nebraska knew it was going to the Big Dance.
Don't expect that this time around.
"I have a to-don't list," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said Friday of his plan for the week leading up to March 11, when the NCAA field is announced. "To don't: look at Twitter. To don't: look at the brackets. To don't: look at the seed list. I'll stay away from my phone. So if you text me, I'm probably not getting back to you. Sorry."
It's easy to drive yourself crazy thinking of scenarios. Many have already shoveled dirt on NU's NCAA hopes in bracing themselves for a spot in the NIT, which, of course, plays its semifinals and finals in Madison Square Garden.
An NIT bid likely means a high seed for Nebraska, which means at least one or two more home games. Husker fans, to say nothing of players and coaches, would much rather travel.
"I don’t think that there’s 68 teams in the country that are better than us, that deserve to be in over us. But it’s out of our control," NU senior guard Evan Taylor said. "It’s difficult. But, hopefully, we can get in somehow."