[quote="nyline, post:5, topic:2602"]Understood, but it also was effectively on Nebraska's home court, in front of 17,000 fans, almost all of whom were screaming for Nebraska. I think Russ Rose wasn't so much concerned about the reaction of the team to the noise, as whether the building would hold up.[/quote]
Yes, and that is the same home court that they will play half their league matches on this coming season.
All I’m saying is that they have a history of being a national power, and they have been very very good the past couple seasons.
Having them at a tie for 5th is either overestimating the power of the BIG TEN or underestimating the Nebraska Program itselg
Actually, it’s not the same court. Nebraska plays their home matches in Lincoln at the NU Coliseum which seats about 4000. The NCAAs were in Omaha at the Qwest Center which seated over 17,000 for the NCAAs.
In any event, I agree that tied for fifth is too low for Nebraska. The Big Ten coaches just voted Nebraska in a tie with Illinois for second. Russ Rose voted them first. John Cook (Nebraska’s coach) didn’t vote, saying he didn’t know enough about the Big Ten yet.
National Pre-season poll is out. Here’s the BIG TEN teams and their rankings…
TEAM Total poll points
1 Penn State 1486 (54 of 60 1st place votes)
5 Nebraska 1221
8 Illinois 1066
12 Minnesota 810
13 Purdue 739
21 Ohio State 256
T24 Michigan 170
Others receiving votes:
Michigan State 8
The BIG TEN looks very well represented.
- Top team in the counrty
- 7 of the Top 25
- 11 of 12 teams receiving votes (Iowa is lone no-show)
This sport looks like a 2-conference dominated affair, with the PAC 12. They have 4 of the Top 7 teams, and 5 of the top 11, but they are top heavy, with not many more teams being present on the national scene.