Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Buy or sell each Big Ten team in 2024 NCAA Tournament?

The Big Ten will send six bids to March Madness with hopes of crowning a champion for the first time since 2000.
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Nebraska Cornhuskers

Marking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014 and the first ever in the Fred Hoiberg era, the Cornhuskers earned the eighth seed out of the South, tasked with facing Texas A&M in Round of 64.

Sporting a 23-10 record, The 23 wins on the year marks their highest win total since 1991, according to SportsReference, giving the Huskers a chance to do something they have never done before -- win an NCAA Tournament game.

In short, it’s been a wildly successful year in Lincoln and Fred Hoiberg deserves a lot of credit for putting the pieces to the puzzle together.

Rienk Mast and Brice Williams have been phenomenal additions from the portal and the returning pieces of Keisei Tominaga and Juwan Gary give Nebraska four double-digit scoring options.

Because every game is a difficult game in the NCAA Tournament, especially in the 8/9 game, Texas A&M will undoubtedly provide a challenge for Fred Hoiberg’s group.

Led by Wade Taylor while being one of college basketball’s best offensive-rebounding teams, the Aggies present an imposing challenge but have struggled to shoot at an efficient clip -- something that can help the Huskers as they are more balanced on both ends of the floor.

Buy or Sell the Cornhuskers?

The Huskers provide a balance that not a lot of teams have mastered heading into the NCAA Tournament. 

Although the blown 15-point lead against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament may leave a sour taste heading into the NCAA Tournament, it feels like fate that Nebraska will win their first NCAA Tournament game in program history on Friday.

It’s easier said than done -- after all, it's the NCAA Tournament -- but buying the Huskers amidst their best season since 1991 seems like a strong play. 

A daunting matchup against Houston will be up next if the Cornhuskers happen to get past Texas A&M, but save that conversation for later. Buy the Huskers.