Great Plains hoops in Hawaii: Nebrasketball-Shockers possibile

Great Plains hoops in Hawaii: Nebrasketball-Shockers possibile
August 5, 2014, 10:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

Anybody else rooting for a Great Plains clash in sunny Hawaii?

Nebrasketball is taking its talents to the beaches of Hawaii this Christmas, hooping it up as part of the Diamond Head Classic. But the big hope is a potential second-round matchup with Wichita State, the team that went undefeated during the regular season last year and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Tim Miles' Huskers had their own dream season, finishing with the fourth-best record in the Big Ten and making the Big Dance for the first time since 1998.

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A matchup between the two would come in the second of three games. Nebraska would have to topple host Hawaii in the first game, while Wichita State would need to beat Loyola Marymount. The winner would head to the event's championship game against one of four opponents: Ohio, George Washington, Colorado or DePaul.

It would be the 12th all-time meeting between the pair of noisemakers from the Great Plains, with Nebraska holding a 6-5 series edge. The two have only met thrice since 1974, though, and just once since 1993. That was a 2011 get together, a blowout 76-49 win for the Shockers.

Something tells me a meeting in Hawaii this December would be a little closer.