The Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball team goes all the way back to 1897. The program had success early on, having retroactively been awarded the Premo-Portta Championship for the 1900 season. The Cornhuskers were successful in the early days of the Missouri Valley Conference, winning six conference titles, four of them over the course of five years from 1912-1916.
Since the dawn of the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska hasn’t been quite as successful, only making seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Nebraska made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1986. The Cornhuskers were a #9 seed and they lost to #8 seed Western Kentucky by a score of 67-59. The 1990’s were the best decade for Nebraska since the 1910’s, with the Cornhuskers making five NCAA Tournament appearances. Nebraska’s best seeding was #3 in 1991 when they only had six losses heading into the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska played the #14 seed Xavier Musketeers in the first round and lost by a score of 89-84. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have still yet to win an NCAA Tournament game, but head coach Tim miles has helped the program do a better job of recruiting in recent years and many fans believe that NCAA Tournament success isn’t too far in the future.
The Cornhuskers have had more postseason success in the NIT. Nebraska has 17 appearances and a winning record in the NIT. Nebraska beat Saint Joseph’s by a score of 60-56 in the championship game to win the 1996 NIT.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2014, the Cornhuskers made their NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. Nebraska was the #11 seed in the West Region and played against the #6 Baylor Bears. While the Cornhuskers were able to put together a strong second half with 44 points, they scored a mere 16 points in the first half and lost the game 74-60.