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It seems nobody of note wants to play Nebraska

Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:11 pm
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By Matt Norlander

Nebraska's move to the Big Ten hasn't dovetailed with an allotment of willing non-Big Ten BCS suitors.

You'd expect the Big 12's 10 teams to coldly look away if Nebraska ever had the gall to call.

But Pittsburgh, Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Kentucky, Notre Dame and plenty of other programs haven't found the need, desire or room to fill Doc Sadler's team on their schedules.

The Huskers will have Southern Cal, Oregon and Wake Forest in the non-conference this season. None of those teams should vie for an NCAA tournament bid. Assistant coach Chris Croft has been at the center of scheduling, and Huskersextra.com really presented what he and Nebraska were dealing with this summer.

You've probably heard that Croft has called every BCS school inquiring about playing a nonconference series.

"Every time somebody says, ‘No,' I just ask them if they would play us in the future," Croft said.

Notre Dame's response?

Not this year, not next year, not ever. Please stop calling. Thank you.

"You hate to hear that," Croft said, "but you'd rather they be up front with you."

Not ever? That's harsh. Reminds us all of when we really overshot the landing and finally built up the guts to ask out The Girl back in high school.

Right? ... Uh, right?

Scheduling is an issue for 90 percent of teams. Thing is, we mostly only hear about the mid-majors who can't get a big boy to agree to do a home-and-home or a two-for-one. That's the problem here for a BCS school, though. Take Duke. As its accustomed to doing, the program did not agree to play a return game with Nebraska. The story says Sadler would've made an exception for Duke, but Mike Krzyzewski couldn't arrange a game in time, since there was a conflict on Dec. 4.
"With their name and recognition and how good they are, we decided we'd do that," Croft said. "Our guys deserved the challenge. We were ready to roll the dice on that one."

The problem: NU had already scheduled Creighton on Dec. 4. The Bluejays, Croft said, initially weren't willing to move the date, so Nebraska said no to Duke.

It will be a vicious cycle for Nebraska, which probably won't be able to get some respectable opponents to come to Lincoln until it makes consistent runs at the NCAA tournament -- then wins a game or two in late March as well. Right now the program doesn't have the cache or a low number of enemies, it seems. Moving to the Big Ten has its repercussions. This one may linger for a few years.

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Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:23 pm
 

It seems nobody of note wants to play Nebraska

I read where Nebraska wanted to play Gonzaga on a neutral court in Washington and at their home court in Nebraska.  If Nebraska wants to play better teams, they should be willing to play home and home.  If anyone should be able to dictate terms for this it should have been Gonzaga (as the historically better team).  My guess is they stupidly applied this same type of negotiating skill in all of their requests and that is why the better programs have told them no.  If they want to build their program they need to grow up and be willing to play these teams on their home court - and quit whining.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:16 pm
 

It seems nobody of note wants to play Nebraska

No Kentucky wants to have a high RPI Nebraska only tournament in their history I saw was the NIT Nebraska is not a good basketball team.

 



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:52 pm
 

It seems nobody of note wants to play Nebraska

yall scared to play nebraska in basketball.......wow. unless your telling me Bo is taking over basketball too




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:14 pm
 

It seems nobody of note wants to play Nebraska

Being that Kentucky's non-conference schedule already includes North Carolina, UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame, Washington and Indiana, Nebraska really brings nothing to the table. Football is another story.
That was Kentucky last year schedule they have Kansas , North Carolina , Indiana , Louisville , Penn State and likely Old Dominion.



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 2:47 pm
 

It seems nobody of note wants to play Nebraska

Being that Kentucky's non-conference schedule already includes North Carolina, UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame, Washington and Indiana, Nebraska really brings nothing to the table. Football is another story.


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