The Huskers, who finished 19-13 last year, check in at No. 21, one spot behind fellow Big Ten member Ohio State. The Wisconsin Badgers (No. 3), Michigan State Spartans (No. 18) and Michigan Wolverines (No. 24) are also in the poll.
“I’m excited about the process and where we are going,” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles told Big Red Report last month. “I’m happy for the guys and the program. I think it’s earned with these guys. Now staying there and continuing to elevate is harder than the innocent climb of get where they are now, which is just recognizable.”
The Huskers return all five starters from a year ago that earned a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Kentucky opens the polls as the No. 1 team in the country, becoming the fourth program in history to be voted No. 1 in back-to-back years. Arizona and Wisconsin were the only other schools receiving first place votes.
After losing to Nebraska in the last week of the regular season, likely costing them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Badgers made a run to the Final Four last season. Head coach Bo Ryan returns for his 14th season with the program and 43rd overall.
“I've always approached every season the same way, this being my 43rd in this profession,” Ryan told reporters last month, including BadgerNation.com. “You can't possibly think that I woke up this fall thinking, ‘oh, wow, I'm going to do something different this year.’ We're not. The coaching staff isn't. The players are the ones that put a lot of time in the offseason. The returning players, they're hoping that pays off, and that's all you can do. You can prepare, you train, you take care of business in the classroom, you put yourself in a position to be successful, and then let's play.”
The Huskers open their regular season against Northern Kentucky on November 16th, but play Southwest Minnesota State in an exhibition next week. If you are in need of tickets to either game, Scout.com has you covered.