On the heels of a 7-1 start, the Nebraska men’s basketball team is ranked 24th in the Associated Press poll released Monday. It marks the first time that the Huskers are nationally ranked by the AP since Nov. 17, 2014.
The Huskers had been ranked in the USA Today coaches poll in the first two releases this season while this week’s poll comes out later today.
The Huskers, whose 7-1 start is the program’s best since the 2003-04 season, are one of seven Big Ten teams ranked this week. NU is joined by Michigan (5), Michigan State (10), Wisconsin (12), Iowa (18), Ohio State (19) and Maryland (23). In addition, Purdue and Indiana are also receiving votes in Monday’s poll. It marks the second straight week that seven Big Ten teams are ranked. Prior to last week, that had not happened since Feb. 9, 1999.
Nebraska is coming off a 2-0 week with a 68-66 win at Clemson, which is receiving votes in Monday’s poll and a 75-60 home win over Illinois. The Huskers are in action twice this week, traveling to Minnesota on Wednesday before hosting Creighton, which is also receiving votes this week, on Saturday.