Nebraska basketball (7-1) is no longer unranked in the AP Poll. The Huskers checked in at No. 24 in the latest poll released on Monday.
This is the first time Nebraska has been ranked in the AP Poll since early in the 2014-15 season. The Huskers started that season ranked No. 21.
In the best start to a season since 2003-04, Nebraska’s only loss was to Texas Tech (70-52) in Kansas City. Aside from that, the Huskers have defeated Mississippi Valley State, Southeastern Louisiana, Seton Hall, Missouri State, Western Illinois, Clemson and Illinois so far this season.
It was likely the wins over Clemson and Illinois that specifically changed voters’ minds, too. The Huskers took the Tigers down on the road, 68-66. Nebraska then defeated Illinois to open conference play on Sunday, 75-60.
Nebraska is joined by Michigan (5), Michigan State (10), Wisconsin (12), Iowa (18), Ohio State (19) and Maryland (23) in the AP Poll. Purdue and Indiana also received votes. This is the second straight week that seven Big Ten teams have been ranked in the AP Poll, something that has not happened since Feb. 9, 1999.
The Huskers next test is Minnesota on the road. Tipoff in Minneapolis is set for 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday on BTN.
Here’s the full AP Poll rankings:
10. Michigan State
11. Florida State
13. Texas Tech
14. North Carolina
15. Virginia Tech
16. Kansas State
19. Ohio State
20. Arizona State
22. Mississippi State