Nebraska won't have to travel too far from Lincoln next season for its neutral site tournament.
Announced Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Huskers will head to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, to participate in the Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 19-20. Head coach Tim Miles and company will be joined by USC, Texas Tech and Missouri State.
“Our program is excited to play in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic," Miles said in a release. "When building our non-conference schedule, we look for opportunities to play high-quality games, as well as provide a great experience for our team. With USC, Texas Tech and Missouri State in the 2018 field, the Hall of Fame Classic will provide us an important early-season test.
"Many of our fans remember annually going to Kansas City for the conference tournament, and the Hall of Fame Classic gives our fans a chance to enjoy a great city and cheer on the Huskers in an outstanding tournament close to home."
This season, the Huskers' non-conference strength of schedule (ranked No. 298) has been used against their NCAA Tournament case. In USC and Texas Tech, the Huskers will meet two teams who are both expected to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament this season. One probably has a little something to do with the other.
The Trojans currently sit at 21-10 and a two-seed in the upcoming Pac-12 conference tournament. Texas Tech just wrapped up one of its most successful seasons in school history, won 23 games and extended head coach Chris Beard.
The complete bracket, including matchups and television times, will be announced at a later date. All games will be carried on an ESPN network.