Now Nebraska's Turn To Shine In Tournament Spotlight

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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Creighton's not the only game in town. Nebraska already took home one Big Ten Tournament basketball title with the women this week. Friday, the men try to follow suit in Indianapolis.

At Husker Hounds at 84th and Spring streets, it's typically the slowest time of the year, but suddenly there's a surge of customers wanting to get their hands on Big Red basketball shirts.

"There's a lot of people asking for them," says store owner Scott Strunc. "We're getting a lot of phone calls, people saying 'oh, do you have these in stock?' I don't think we've ever sold a basketball shirt, at least not at full price, so it's exciting to have some interest in the program."

Husker Hounds attributes much of that renewed fandom to effervescent coach Tim Miles, saying he's selling the program and getting the kids to believe in it.

Strunc says he's got an order of shirts ready to go should the Huskers go dancing next week in the NCAA Tournament. For now, we look to Indianapolis where Nebraska plays Ohio State at 1 p.m.

The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, has put up $1 billion for anyone who can pick a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket. Registration has been open for well over a week and only 15 million people can enter at quickenloansbracket/challenge.

After giving all the standard information (name, address, phone number), there's questions about your current, even future mortgage situation as well as how much you owe on your home loan. Makes sense since Quicken Loans is running the contest.

And since Yahoo is a major player, you have to sign up for a Yahoo email if you don't yet have one. After those steps, you get a code texted to your cell phone. Enter that into a computer and then they'll send you a confirmation email and only then are you fully registered, that is unless 15 million others haven’t already beaten you to the punch.

Buffett appeared on NBC's Late Night Thursday and talked about the odds of winning with host Seth Meyers. "According to this it's one in 1.9 quintillion to pick a total bracket," said Meyers.

"That's a bit more pure chance,” said Buffett. “It's a lot more likely than that. Well, the number one seed beats the number 16 seed 112 straight times or something like that, so it's not just flipping a coin."

Buffett joked that if it comes down to the Final Four, he'll probably lose 15 or 20 pounds. He said if someone still has a perfect bracket going into the championship game, he wants to be in the stands sitting next to that person.


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