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2009-10: 15 – 18; 2 – 14 Big 12, 12th place
2010-11: 15 – 5; 3 – 3 Big 12, T-5th place
In a league with as many quality teams as the Big 12, ascending from the basement of the league to the mid-level in one season seems like a pretty overwhelming task. Nebraska, however, is on pace to accomplish this feat.
Nebraska has become the team no Big 12 team wants to see on their upcoming schedule. The Huskers thrive on lockdown defense and physical play. They want to make the game as ugly as possible.
Just ask Texas A&M, who left Lincoln stunned this past weekend after being held to just 17 second half points in a 57-48 loss to the Huskers. The Aggies, the only team better defensively in the Big 12 than Nebraska, were essentially beaten at their own game.
Just ask Kansas, who managed just 63 points, tied for a season-low, in a three-point nail-biter in Lawrence. The rematch in Lincoln should be just as ugly, but the Jayhawks may not be so lucky to win the second time around.
Coach Doc Sadler has his team believing that with outstanding effort on defense, they have a chance to win every game they play. If they continue to play at this level, an NCAA tournament bid seems very likely for his Huskers.