Ray Gallegos and the Huskers reached the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
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Nebraska Basketball in the Postseason

By NU Athletic Communications

Entering 2018-19, the Huskers have reached postseason play 25 times in school history, most recently in 2017-18. That season, the Huskers won 22 games en route to an appearance in the NIT. In 2013-14, NU won 19 games, including a pair of wins over top-10 teams, to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. It marked Nebraska's first NCAA showing since 1998.  The Huskers have reached the Big Dance seven times in program history, including five times in a stretch from 1991 to 1998. 

The Huskers have reached the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on three occasions, including defeating St. Joseph's in the title game for the 1996 NIT. The Huskers also downed Colorado State, Washington State, Fresno State and Tulane to reach the championship game that year with Erick Strickland earning the MVP honors. That team included four players who either played in or were drafted into the NBA in Lue, Erick Strickland, Mikki Moore and Venson Hamilton.

Two years earlier, the Cornhuskers won their only Big Eight title in 1994. The Huskers defeated Oklahoma, No. 3 Missouri and No. 23 Oklahoma State to earn the title in stunning fashion and pick up Nebraska's fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Through the years, Nebraska has also won several in-season tournament titles, including a number of Ameritas Classic championships. The event was held in Lincoln and hosted by the Huskers from 1988 to 2000

Overall, Nebraska has made 25 postseason appearances, including seven bids to the NCAA Tournament. 

Year

Tournament/Round

Opponent

Result

Site

NU High Scorer

NU High Rebounds

1948-49

*NCAA Playoff

Oklahoma State

L, 35-52

Kansas City, Mo.

N/A

N/A

1966-67

NIT/First

Bye

       
 

Quarterfinals

Marshall

L, 88-119

New York City

Tom Baack, 33

Tom Baack, 10

1977-78

NIT/First

Utah State

W, 67-66

Lincoln, Neb.

Andre Smith, 18

Carl McPipe, 7

 

Quarterfinals

Texas

L, 48-67

Austin, Texas

Carl McPipe, 16

Carl McPipe, 7

1979-80

NIT/First

Michigan

L, 69-76

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Andre Smith, 30

Andre Smith, 12

1982-83

NIT/First

Tulane

W, 72-65

Lincoln, Neb.

Stan Cloudy, 20

Stan Cloudy, 14

 

Second

Iona

W, 85-73

Lincoln, Neb.

Stand Cloudy, 24

Stan Cloudy, 8

 

Quarterfinals

TCU

W, 67-57

Lincoln, Neb.

Stand Cloudy, 18

Stan Cloudy, 9

 

Semifinals

DePaul

L, 58-68

New York City

Dave Hoppen, 15

Dave Hoppen, 9

1983-84

NIT/First

Creighton

W, 56-54

Omaha, Neb.

Dave Hoppen, 25

Dave Hoppen, 10

 

Second

Xavier

L, 57-58

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dave Hoppen, 22

Dave Hoppen, 7

1984-85

NIT/First

Canisius

W, 79-66

Lincoln, Neb.

Dave Hoppen, 21

Bill Jackman, 10

 

Second

UCLA

L, 63-82

Los Angeles, Calif.

Dave Hoppen, 23

Dave Hoppen, 9

1985-86

NCAA/First

Western Kentucky

L, 59-67

Charlotte, N.C.

Bernard Day, 18

Chris Logan, 12

1986-87

NIT/First

Marquette

W, 78-76

Lincoln, Neb.

Bernard Day, 18

Vick, Day, 6

 

Second

Arkansas

W, 78-71

Lincoln, Neb.

Anthony Bailous, 20

Bill Jackman, 9

 

Quarterfinals

Washington

W, 81-76

Lincoln, Neb.

Carr, Vick, 17

Derrick Vick, 8

 

Semifinals

Southern Mississippi

L, 75-82

New York City

Derrick Vick, 19

Bill Jackman, 9

 

Third Place

Arkansas-Little Rock

W, 76-67 (OT)

New York City

Brian Carr, 18

Derrick Vick, 12

1988-89

NIT/First

Arkansas State

W, 81-79

Lincoln, Neb.

Eric Johnson, 18

Pete Manning, 5

 

Second

Ohio State

L, 74-85

Columbus, Ohio

Eric Johnson, 23

Reid, Owens, 7

1990-91

NCAA/First

Xavier

L, 84-89

Minneapolis, Minn.

Rich King, 25

Rich King, 12

1991-92

NCAA/First

Connecticut

L, 65-86

Cincinnati, Ohio

Derrick Chandler, 17

Derrick Chandler, 11

1992-93

NCAA/First

New Mexico State

L, 79-93

Syracuse, N.Y.

Eric Piatkowski, 29

Derrick Chandler, 10

1993-94

NCAA/First

Pennsylvania

L, 80-90

Uniondale, N.Y.

Eric Piatkowski, 23

Piatkowski, Chubbick, 8

1994-95

NIT/First

Georgia

W, 69-61

Lincoln, Neb.

Erick Strickland, 21

Erick Strickland, 10

 

Second

Penn State

L, 59-65

Lincoln, Neb.

Mikki Moore, 15

Erick Strickland, 7

1995-96

NIT/First

Colorado State

W, 91-83

Fort Collins, Colo.

Erick Strickland, 19

Mikki Moore, 10

 

Second

Washington State

W, 82-73

Lincoln, Neb.

Erick Strickland, 18

Venson Hamilton, 12

 

Third

Fresno State

W, 83-71

Fresno, Calif.

Erick Strickland, 17

Moore, Garner, 10

 

Semifinals

Tulane

W, 90-78

New York City

Garner, Strickland, 20

Venson Hamilton, 9

 

Championship

St. Joseph's

W, 60-56

New York City

Erick Strickland, 13

Mikki Moore, 13

1996-97

NIT/First

Washington

W, 67-63

Lincoln, Neb.

Tyronn Lue, 14

Venson Hamilton, 10

 

Second

Nevada

W, 78-68

Reno, Nev.

Mikki Moore, 21

Mikki Moore, 15

 

Third

Connecticut

L, 67-76

Storrs, Conn.

Mikki Moore, 24

Venson Hamilton, 6

1997-98

NCAA/First

Arkansas

L, 65-74

Boise, Idaho

Tyronn Lue, 18

Venson Hamilton, 10

1998-99

NIT/First

UNLV

W, 68-55

Lincoln, Neb.

Cookie Belcher, 17

Andy Markowski, 11

 

Second

TCU

L, 89-101

Fort Worth, Texas

Cary Cochran, 23

Venson Hamilton, 10

2003-04

NIT/Opening

Creighton

W, 71-70

Omaha, Neb.

Andrew Drevo, 20

Andrew Drevo, 9

 

First

Niagara

W, 78-70

Lincoln, Neb.

Turek, Johnson, 17

John Turek, 8

 

Second

Hawaii

L, 83-84

Honolulu, Hawaii

Nate Johnson, 26

Brian Conklin, 6

2005-06

NIT/First

Hofstra

L, 62-73

Hempstead, N.Y.

Jason Dourisseau, 15

Aleks Maric, 12

2007-08

NIT/First

Charlotte

W, 67-48

Lincoln, Neb.

Ade Dagunduro, 15

Aleks Maric, 10

 

NIT/Second

Mississippi

L, 75-87 (ot)

Oxford, Miss.

Aleks Maric, 18

Aleks Maric, 10

2008-09

NIT/First

New Mexico

L, 71-83

Albuquerque, N.M.

Sek Henry, 13

Ade Dagunduro, 5

2010-11

NIT/First

Wichita State

L, 49-76

Wichita, Kan.

Jeter, Diaz, 12

Jorge Brian Diaz, 8

2013-14

NCAA/Second

Baylor

L, 60-74

San Antonio, Texas

Terran Petteway, 18

Pitchford, Shields, 5

2017-18

NIT/First

Mississippi State

L, 59-65

Starkville, Miss.

James Palmer Jr., 13

Isaiah Roby, 8

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