Nebrasketball Decides To Not Pursue Postseason Play

After finishing with a 16-18 record, Nebraska has decided to not participate in any postseason tournaments, despite featuring a roster that saw four true freshman earn extensive playing time.

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Lincoln – The following is a statement from University of Nebraska men’s basketball Coach Tim Miles regarding the potential of postseason play.

“After talking with the team and our administration, we were all in agreement that the 2016 Nebraska Basketball season should end in Indianapolis,” Miles said. “There were some attractive opportunities, but the season has been long, considering we started practices in late July for our trip to Spain, and missing additional class time isn't in the best interest of our student-athletes.”

The Huskers finish the 2015-16 season with a 16-18 record after falling to No. 18 Maryland, 97-86, Friday night in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Nebraska reached the quarterfinals after earning wins over Rutgers and Wisconsin earlier in the week, marking the first time since 2006 that the Huskers won consecutive conference tournament games.

The tournament loss to Maryland also closed out the careers of seniors Shavon Shields and Benny Parker.  Shields finished his career in fifth place on NU’s career scoring list with 1,630 points, while ranking in the top-10 in career starts (111, t-second), field goals made (563, eighth) and free throws made (429, fourth). During the Big Ten Tournament, he averaged 19.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Parker played in every game over the last four seasons and finished his career on NU’s top-10 list in both games played (130, second) and steals (137, ninth). During the Big Ten Tournament, Parker averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists per game, highlighted by a 12-point, four-rebound, three-steal performance in the win over sixth-seeded Wisconsin.

The Huskers will return three starters, including four of the team’s top five scorers from 2015-16. The group is led by All-Big Ten performer Andrew White III, who averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and Tai Webster, who averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. 

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