Huskers seeded No. 5 overall for NCAA Tournament

Huskers seeded No. 5 overall for NCAA Tournament

“All I know is the last two times we were ranked fifth, we won national championships.”

That was what Nebraska coach John Cook said of the No. 5 preseason ranking a couple months ago. Sunday, his 14-2 team was seeded No. 5 overall for the NCAA Tournament, a seed which netted the Huskers a national title in 2017.

The top four seeds in order are Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Texas. The Big Ten Conference has six of the top 13 seeds with Wisconsin (1), Minnesota (3), Nebraska (5), Purdue (7), Ohio State (9), and Penn State (13).

The tournament begins April 14 and 15 with the first and second rounds. As a top 16 seed, Nebraska earns a bye through the first round in the reduced 48-team field playing entirely in Omaha.

The Huskers await the first round winner of Texas State (30-8) and Utah Valley (14-5).

The regional semifinals and finals are April 18-19, NCAA semifinals April 22, and the national championship is April 24.