The No.19/22 ranked Jays traveled to St. Louis for Arch Madness last weekend with an eye on automatic birth into the NCAA Tournament and a possible rematch with Wichita State in the MVC Tourney Final. Unfortunately, for the Jays they went one for two because Wichita State was bounced in the Semi-finals by a hot Illinois State team. The same Illinois State team which pushed Creighton to overtime in another exciting nail biter win and Missouri Valley Tournament Title for the Jays. (I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Wichita State Head Coach Gregg Marshall’s strange press conference about the strange happenings at the MVC Tourney which cost him a public reprimand and a public non-apology apology. Should the sour grapes make the MVC Tourney Title all the more sweet?)
At this point, the Jays will have at least ten days off before they play again. Due to the Omaha pod in the NCAA Tournament being a Friday/Sunday, many expect the Jays will end up in a Thursday/Saturday pod to avoid a conflict between Omaha’s allegiance to the Jays versus attending the NCAA Tourney in person. Presently, the Jays are projected anywhere from a 5 seed in Portland, Oregon to a 5 seed in Nashville, Tennessee or a 7 seed in Columbus, Ohio.
As expected, the Nebraska Cornhsukers and Doc Sadler were bounced in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament last night by the Purdue Boilemakers. The Huksers finished the season at 12-18 and a tie for 11th (last place) during Big Ten regular season play. Despite protestations from a substantial booster, many expect Sadler will be dimissed. As Athletic Director Tom Osborne has not accepted any media requests about the basketball program since January, speculation has been rampant. If Coach Salder is let go, it will most likely occur before the weekend is out as Osborne is a former coach and has shown he will not leave coaches hanging in the wind.