What do people think of Minnesota and Nebraska's relative seeding? I don't buy into Pauline Thiros' defense that Nebraska has been more consistent over the course of the season for two reasons. First, I don't agree on that as a reasonable basis for rankings. This is fairly controversial but I would place more weight on two straight road wins/home losses than the season average—especially because the two teams only met once (if Nebraska beat Minnesota in October things would be different).
Second, I don't think Nebraska's season average is as good as they get credit for. They never fully passed the eye test but somehow slipped by. They got a few chances to prove themselves and didn't. Top 10 (at the time) matchups they went 1-5. The Gophers went 3-3. Add onto this stat how each team looked during their losses. To me, the Gophs looked like a complete mess in their losses against Wisconsin and Ohio St (Texas is another story). Nebraska, on the other hand, looked closer to their best against Ohio St and Wisconsin (pt 2). What this tells me is that even though Nebraska may be a more consistent team, Minnesota's best is better. I would argue that Minnesota doesn't have any losses when playing close to their best (the closest is probably Texas), whereas Nebraska showed up to some top-10 games and just got out-played. I haven't watched as much Nebraska as Minnesota and I don't have the best memory, so I am open to being shown wrong on this.
I've seen a lot of support on both sides of this debate. Two of my favorite analysts, Michella Chester and Emily Ehman, both seemed to agree, taking Nebraska farther (both have the Gophs losing to OSU).
Post by bigdawg4747 on Nov 30, 2022 11:14:08 GMT -5
Nebraska should not be a 2 seed. They got badly outplayed in their last two matches when they should have been peaking. I think it’s safe to say that the Committee did everything it could to pave Huskers’ way to a Final Four appearance in Omaha.