Tim Miles' time as Nebraska's basketball coach isn't over yet as the Huskers earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament as a 4-seed. The Huskers will face No. 5 Butler at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
“We are excited to have our season continue, especially for our seniors who wanted to return to postseason play,” Miles said in a statement Sunday evening. “We had our share of struggles at times, but I think the way we have played over the final two weeks of the season is a testament to our players and the character they have. I believe that our performance at the Big Ten Tournament is a good momentum boost heading into the postseason, and showed a team that wanted to keep playing.
“We have been tested against a schedule that is in the top five nationally in Kenpom, including 25 games against the top two quadrants in the NET, and we are looking forward to the postseason challenge.”
This is Nebraska's second NIT appearance under Miles and third postseason appearance overall. Last year the Huskers, a tournament-worthy team according to some pundits, landed in the NIT and lost in the first round to Mississippi State. It's Nebraska's 19th NIT appearance in program history. The Huskers won the tournament in 1996 but haven't advanced beyond the first round since 2008, making appearances in 2009, 2011 and 2018.
Nebraska won two games in the Big Ten Tournament to bolster its chances at landing a postseason bid. After the Huskers lost to Wisconsin in the tournament quarterfinals, Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said he would await Sunday's NIT announcement before concluding his evaluation of the program and Miles' future with the program.
"Once our season is completed, my evaluation of our men’s basketball program will draw to a close," Moos said.
The Huskers entered the Big Ten Tournament with just six scholarship players available. Nebraska could have guard Thomas Allen Jr. back for the NIT. The sophomore missed Nebraska's last five games while dealing with an ankle sprain, but went through warmups prior to the Wisconsin game and Miles said he could be ready to go for the postseason.
For those looking interested in attending, tickets are on sale now at huskers.com/tickets and Monday at 8 a.m. CT by calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED.