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A Husker Experience to Remember - Huskers thrilling win over the #9 Badgers 77-68

The Huskers had a super Sunday!

The Husker women stated the day by winning the B1G 10 tournament. Then it was the men’s turn…

Greg, Kendra, Katie and I headed to the game early to join the other 16,000 Husker fans for some pre-game food and fun. From the moment we arrived, you could feel the excitement level was high and building. Before the beginning of the game between Nebraska and 9th ranked Wisconsin, the arena was packed to capacity with the Husker faithful.

When the seniors saluted the crowd, the place absolutely erupted. From tipoff to the final buzzer the fans were on fire. The team fought hard for every point, every rebound and every opportunity, yet the 9th ranked Badgers held the advantage through most of the first half. The half ended with the Badgers up by 2 points.

We celebrated halftime with the Women’s Basketball Team, who just arrived back in town sporting their B1G 10 Championship Trophy. Seeing Hooper hoisting the trophy at center court, kept the emotions high heading into the second half.

The second half started off as a battle of the defenses and the score remained tight. Midway through the second half Wisconsin found a rhythm and went up by 7 points. The Huskers took a much needed timeout. The Huskers desperately needed to gain control.

Then suddenly…something was happening! You could see it in the faces of the players. It was as if time stopped for a moment…then Coach Miles/Yoda said to them, “We’ve come too far…We will finish!...We Will Win!...Rise up and band together!"

The players returned from the timeout with swagger and began to pick up momentum. With every point and rebound the fans continued became louder and LOUDER. Every time the Badgers had the ball, it was as if it was third down with the blackshrts needing a big defensive stand. The Husker defensively started dominating and the noise became so loud that the Badgers were beginning to unravel.

Late in the game the Huskers battled to take the lead. The fans went absolutely crazy and the noise level continued to blow the roof off. Everyone was on their feet cheering as the team rose up and took control of the Badgers. With 2 minutes left Nebraska found themselves up by 10 and they never looked back. They finish with style defeating the Badger 77-68 and punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

Next up is the the Big 10 Conference Tournament. With a 4th Place finish in the conference, Nebraska earned a 1st round bye. They will play the winner of Ohio St and Purdue on Friday March 14th. Many believe the Huskers are off the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, but a win would seal the deal.      

Key Points:

  • Biggest win of the year/last 15 year/ever
  • The Huskers dominated, Wisconsin the best team in the conference and one of the best in the nation.
  • Huskers ended Wisconsin's 8 game winning streak, their longest streak since 1940-41.
  • The Huskers likely punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament. It's been over 15 years since the Huskers last went to the Big Dance.
  • Huskers Won 10 of the last 12 games.
  • One of the hottest teams in the county heading into the post season.
  • Tim Miles and his team was predicted to finish dead last in the conference and clawed their way to 4th in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
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