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Bears miss out on the NCAA Tournament, will play in the NIT

13 March 2018

One of the great stories in college women's basketball this season is going to finish the season playing in the NCAA Tournament.

It wasn't to be as Nebraska was handed a five seed and told it was traveling to Starkville to play Mississippi State. When Marquette was more of a sure bet to make the tournament in 2016-'17, players celebrated with fans in the Union Sports Annex, a campus sports bar where tourney-bound Marquette teams tend to hold viewing parties.

The sixth-ranked Ducks (30-4) will host No. 15 Seattle in the first round at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday. If the Irish win, they will play either eighth-seeded South Dakota State or ninth-seeded Villanova on Sunday. Baylor has been selected as a number one seed for the National Invitation Tournament.

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Second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia and eighth-seeded American Jack Sock both earned second-round wins in straight sets. The Swiss legend, who is targeting a record sixth title at Indian Wells, was in control from the off.

Sunday night, the Bulldogs garnered an NIT bid and will play host to Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with the victor facing Baylor or Wagner in the second round.

That game expected to tip at 7 p.m.

The Bears lost in the championship game in 2009 and won the NIT title in 2013.

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There could be some intriguing matchups involving UW if the NIT Selection Committee wanted to spice up the story lines for the games that'll be televised on the ESPN networks. The most notable win in those 13 games was an upset over then-No.

MSU backup center E.J. Datcher didn't play in either of the Bulldogs' two SEC Tournament games last weekend.

After spending most of the past couple months on the bubble, Nebraska was done in by a schedule that featured just six wins against teams with winning records and one win over a team in the NCAA Tournament field.

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The Duck men beat Washington State and Utah in last week's Pac-12 tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada, before falling to USC in the semifinals. The former Louisville player's season-long approach has been maintaining continuity and success for Cardinal players and the program rather than worry about his future. Overall this year, MSU is 22-11, it's most wins since having 21 in 2012. 2 Kansas in Kansas City, Mo. It was tied with the Golden Gophers in the Big Ten - getting the tiebreaker because of the head-to-head win, and finished well ahead of Purdue and Rutgers.

Bears miss out on the NCAA Tournament, will play in the NIT