This year's Nebraska Cornhusker basketball team was one of the best in the history of the school. Coach Tim Miles lead his team to fourth place finish in the B1G and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. Transfer Terran Petteway emerged as an All-B1G first team performer and led both his team and the conference in scoring. The Huskers didn't manage to win a game in the post-season, but with Petteway, Shavon Shields, and Walter Pitchford all returning, the future looks extremely bright. Before we move onto next season, let's take a look at the three best games from this one.
3. vs. Wisconsin, Mar. 9: The inaugural season for Pinnacle Bank Arena ended on a high point. Nebraska finished with a home record of 15-1 and the regular season finale against the Badgers may have been the most important of all. The Badgers came into Lincoln as one of the hottest teams in the country, providing Tim Miles and team the perfect opportunity to prove themselves to the nation and the selection committee. Petteway led the Huskers to a 77-68 victory with 26 points and 10 rebounds, effectively securing his team's spot on the good side of the bubble.
2. at Michigan State, Feb. 16: To win on the road in the B1G is an accomplishment, to win in the Breslin Center against a highly-ranked Michigan State team is a real feat. This was the first time the Huskers topped the Spartans since the former joined the B1G. Nebraska was in control from the start, jumping out to an early lead and holding MSU to their lowest point total of the season. Petteway outscored Gary Harris 23-18 and the Cornhuskers held onto the win.
1. vs. Baylor, Mar. 21: This game was huge for Nebraska, in spite of the negative outcome. By merely appearing in the tournament, this season's team shattered expectations and advanced the program to a level it hasn't been in years. The Huskers put up a fight, especially Coach Miles who was ejected in the second half, but it wasn't enough to beat a good Baylor team in their home state. Despite the 74-60 loss, Nebrasketball fans can't wait to see if this taste of the NCAAs will be enough to motivate next year's team to even greater heights.