For the blogger interview with Corn Nation, I
sat down with hastily sent an email to Brian, one of the fine contributors at Corn Nation, SB Nation's excellent blog dedicated to all things Cornhusker.
While the guys at CN are mostly focusing on Husker players getting drafted to the NFL and counting down the days to the upcoming football season as a new member of the Big Ten, there is still a little time to chat about the orange ball sport.
Brian gave us some great analysis and opinions on the state of Husker basketball, which has looked to be showing signs of very slight but noticeable improvement in the recent years under Doc Sadler.
How will Nebraska transition to the Big Ten? Could they fit in immediately with the style of basketball that they play (which could be considered very "Big Ten-esque")? Will we be seeing the Huskers in the NCAA tournament anytime soon? Click after the jump to see the answers to those questions and more.
1. Looking back on 2010-11, what was the best win of the season?
Texas by far. We had been looking for a marquee win for some time, and had come up just a tad short on several occasions over the last few seasons against Kansas, etc. The fact that it was at home was cool, as we don't get to storm the court that often. They were ranked #3 as well, which is always great considering that we usually occupy the lower half of the conference standings. But most importantly, it was during a stretch of games wherein we needed a win to keep our post-season hopes alive. Granted, we didn't end up there..but at that time all indications were that we could win what we needed to end the season, and end up in the NCAA Tournament. Morale was at it's peak.
8. Do you think Husker basketball, in the long run, is better off playing in the Big Ten in terms of chances at finishing at or above .500 in conference, making it to the NCAA Tournament or other post-season tournaments, et cetera, than in the Big 12?
I don't think so. During the NCAA Tournament threads, I posted that a much higher percentage of Big Ten teams made it to the NCAA Tournament than the Big XII. I'm sure there have been years in the past that swung both ways, but on the whole...I think Nebraska will have just as tough a time earning an NCAA bid in the Big Ten than they ever did in the Big XII. Moving forward, the new arena that's being built may help with recruiting - especially from east of the Missouri. It could also provide a better atmosphere and home-court advantage if you believe in that sort of thing. My hope is that the timing of us entering the league, along with our younger guys coming back with a lot of experience, will set us up to have a couple of really good first seasons in the new conference.
I mean..er, we'll lose to everyone in the league..twice. :)
Big thanks to Brian and the guys at Corn Nation for taking part in this interview!