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Huskers to Face Bulldogs in NIT First Round

The Nebraska men’s basketball program will make its first postseason appearance in four years on Wednesday evening, as the Huskers will travel to Starkville, Miss., for a first-round NIT game at Mississippi State.

Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. (mountain) from Humphrey Coliseum and the game will be televised on ESPN2 and available on the WatchESPN app with Richard Cross and Paul Biancardi on the call. KSID's

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. KSID's coverage will begin with the pregame at 6:05 on 1340 AM and 95.7 FM "The Fort".

The Huskers enter the NIT with a 22-10 record, but have not played since losing to eventual Big Ten champion Michigan in the Big Ten quarterfinals on March 2. The Huskers are the fifth seed in their portion of the bracket while Mississippi State is the No. 4 seed. The winner plays against the winner of the matchup between Baylor and Wagner set for Tuesday evening.

The 2018 NIT is the 25th postseason appearance in school history and 18th time NU has played in the NIT. The Huskers are 23-16 all-time in the NIT, including a championship in the 1996 NIT and semifinal appearances in 1983 and 1987. This is NU’s first NIT appearance since 2011.

Nebraska is led by a pair of All-Big Ten selections in James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr. Palmer was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the conference coaches, as he averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Copeland garnered honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and media, as he averaged 12.9 points, a team-high 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Mississippi State is 22-10 and finished tied for seventh in the Southeastern Conference. Coach Ben Howland’s team went 18-2 at Humphrey Coliseum this season. The Bulldogs feature four players who average double figures, including Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averaged 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game en route to second-team All-SEC honors. Nick Weatherspoon was a freshman All-SEC team member and is second in the team in scoring at 11.1 ppg



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