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03.25.2010 / The Husker Women are Headed to the Sweet Sixteen. Blog Posting by Mike Babcock, Huskers Illustrated Magazine.

Even Bo Pelini is on board. There can be no better endorsement in a state where football is king.

"Any question about Nebraska's deserving a No. 1 seed should have been dispelled in the regional final, against a Bruins team that was seeded No. 8 - and felt it deserved higher."

“You guys should be in Minneapolis, right?” he said, addressing a smaller-than-usual group of reporters at the beginning of the Nebraska football team’s pre-spring news conference on Tuesday.

Yes, the news conference was well attended, just not to the degree you might have expected given the optimism of a 10-4 season, culminating in a 33-0 Holiday Bowl victory against Arizona.

The reason? The Nebraska women’s remarkable basketball season would continue on Tuesday night in Minneapolis, Minn. And Pelini offered his endorsement.  “Hopefully, they’ll follow it up tonight with another win and take that next step,” he said. “I think everybody’s proud of what they were able to accomplish.”

Turns out, coach Connie Yori’s Huskers did take that next step toward the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, defeating UCLA 83-70. They started slowly but finished strong, the same script they followed to produce an 83-44 opening-round victory against Northern Iowa.

Now they’re headed to Kansas City to play Kentucky on Sunday. And if they win, well, they’ll play the winner of Notre Dame-Oklahoma for a trip to San Antonio and the semifinals.  But let’s don’t get ahead of ourselves. The Huskers didn’t get where they are by looking ahead.

Nebraska has never advanced this far in the tournament. The Huskers are in the Sweet Sixteen.  Any question about Nebraska’s deserving a No. 1 seed should have been dispelled in the regional final, against a Bruins team that was seeded No. 8 – and felt it deserved higher.

Any concern that a loss against Texas A&M in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament, ending a 30-game winning streak, would have an adverse effect also should have been dispelled as the Huskers responded to a nine-point, first-half deficit with a 16-0 run to take charge.

Nebraska is 32-1. Yori is the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association national coach of the year – the award was announced on Monday. Kelsey Griffin continues to show why she’s a candidate for national player of the year. And the Huskers have shown they’re more than a one-player team.

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It think they have a good chance of making the final 4 since the next rounds are in KC and you know the Husker proud will show up to support our team. GO HUSKERS!
Posted by HuskerGal at 03:34 PM, Mar 24, 2010
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