Nebraska has earned a No. 2 seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and will host Delaware State in the opening round on Thursday. The match us set for 7 p.m. CT.
For the first time, the tournament seeded the top 32 teams rather than just the top 16. Nebraska has been placed in the Louisville Regional as Dani Busboom Kelly’s Cardinals received one of four No. 1 seeds.
The other No. 1 seeds are Texas, Wisconsin and Stanford.
No. 7 seed Miami and Kansas will also travel to Lincoln for the first round of the tournament. Winners will advance to Friday’s second-round match at the Devaney Center, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Nebraska went 24-5 during the regular season and finished second in the Big Ten with a 16-4 record, but three of those losses came in Nebraska’s last five matches, all against top-10 teams. Nebraska went 1-5 against top-10 teams overall in the AVCA Coaches Poll but was 6-0 against teams ranked 11 through 25.
The Huskers faced five tournament teams during the nonconference. Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount were two of the last four teams in, while Stanford, No. 3 Kentucky and No. 4 Creighton all earned seeds. Nebraska went 8-5 against NCAA Tournament teams overall during the regular season.
Delaware State went 24-6 and won the MEAC Tournament to earn the conference’s automatic bid. The Hornets are second in the country in opponent hitting percentage behind only Nebraska, setting the stage for a defensive battle at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska is one of six Big Ten teams to qualify for the tournament. No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Penn State and No. 8 Purdue joined the Badgers and Huskers in the field. The SEC led all conferences with seven tournament bids.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.