What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball didn’t lose as a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament in 1991?

-This has a variety of “what ifs” behind it: it was Nebraska’s 2nd ever appearance in the NCAA, and resulted in an 89-84 loss to Xavier. What followed was 3 straight years of NCAA Tournament appearances, but no wins. Then an appearance in 1998 which was a loss, and of course in 2014

-If they had simply just won the first game as a 3-seed, they don’t have the embarrassment of being the only Power 5 team without a tourney win. Does that change anything at all for the way the program would have been viewed to recruits? It’s such an embarrassing stat now, but could have been avoided back then in 1991, or one of the 3 years to follow. What could have been?

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What If Wednesday: What if Jim Harbaugh doesn’t get it done at Michigan?

-Jake was doing some research yesterday and learned that Michigan has had 28 players drafted over the past 4 years (5 first rounders); which has equated to an 0-4 bowl record and no division titles

-Ohio State isn’t leaving the top, likely. Is Harbaugh at his ceiling or does he still have potential to get over the hump? He hasn’t defeated the Buckeyes yet, and there have been some blowouts against him when facing them. Is long-term patience the key for Michigan to eventually get over the hump or not?

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What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball’s revamped roster found its way to the NCAA Tournament next year?

-Don’t laugh too much—here’s an example of a Big Ten team that’s done it before: The 1997-98 Ohio State men’s basketball team went 8-22 under first year head coach Jim O’Brien before winning 27-9 the following year and making the NCAA Tournament (helped by Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn)

-Is it crazy to think that it’s possible for this team to sneak into the Dance? Or are we expecting more pain like last year? What’s the lowest amount of wins you’d accept before you are concerned?

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What If Wednesday: If fans are allowed back in stadiums as usual in the fall, will COVID-19 still change attendance in the stands?

-In a hypothetical scenario, Sip and Jake discuss the idea of having the football seasons played as normal, and wonder how much COVID-19 would affect the amount of people that show up. Even if people were cleared to attend (possibly with masks and gloves), would we see reduced attendances because people just don’t want to risk it?

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What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball wins today with 2 football players on the team?

-We welcome in our producer, Alex Baker, into the studio for another Wednesday session

-Nebrasketball is riding a 16-game losing streak. What if they won tonight against Indiana? Think about it from both sides. If Nebraska wins, it’d be an incredible way to end a losing streak down 2 regular starters, and pulling 2 football players out of Spring ball to play. If you’re Indiana, if somehow Noah Vedral and Brant Banks would prove to be effective players, you’d wonder how fair that is to their team and also how critical it could be to their chances of missing the NCAA Tournament

What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball wins today with 2 football players on the team?

-We welcome in our producer, Alex Baker, into the studio for another Wednesday session

-Nebrasketball is riding a 16-game losing streak. What if they won tonight against Indiana? Think about it from both sides. If Nebraska wins, it’d be an incredible way to end a losing streak down 2 regular starters, and pulling 2 football players out of Spring ball to play. If you’re Indiana, if somehow Noah Vedral and Brant Banks would prove to be effective players, you’d wonder how fair that is to their team and also how critical it could be to their chances of missing the NCAA Tournament

What If Wednesday: If you were able to trade Scott Frost for any coach in the Big Ten, who would you trade for and what else would you give in return?

-We welcome our producer, Alex Baker, back to the studio for our weekly segment of hypothetical questions.

-Scott Frost can’t be considered an elite coach in the conference yet because of the way his first 2 years have gone—even though he has had a coach of the year honor from his time at UCF. So who would you trade for? And what would have you have to add to make the value worthwhile for that coach and the program? Needs to be a fair acquisition both ways…James Franklin for Frost/Travis Fisher/player?

What If Wednesday: What if Scott Frost hadn’t chosen to come back to Nebraska in late 2017?

-Let’s welcome back our producer, Alex Baker, for this week’s installment of What If Wednesday. What if Frost, Nebraska’s prodigal son, didn’t take the job in December 2017 when Mike Riley was let go? What direction would they have had to go?

-Imagine if Frost turned down Nebraska to stay at UCF or went to one of the other jobs. A program that already was starting to lose its way may have lost total major fan belief if they couldn’t get him. Would Mike Norvell have moved the needle at all? Or Chip Kelly?

What If Wednesday: What if Nebrasketball had made the NCAA Tournament in the 2017-18 season?

-We welcome back our producer, Alex Baker, for this segment—and it’s an interesting question. Tim Miles was looking for a contract extension following a few rough seasons, and this team ended up finishing 4th in the B1G regular season, capped off with a big home win against Penn State to clinch a bye in the B1G Tournament. However, Michigan beat them in the B1G Tournament, and the rest was history

-Nebraska somehow fell to a 5-seed in the NIT and lost to Mississippi State, and Miles only got one year added to his contract—a death wish. What would have changed if he had simply made the Dance in what was a very weak year in the B1G, hurting the Huskers from getting big conference wins?

What If Wednesday: What if Tom Osborne stuck around a while longer and didn’t retire after the 1997 National Championship?

-We welcome producer Alex Baker back for the question of the week, and it’s a doozy. Osborne retired at age 60 after Nebraska won the 1997 National Championship, passing the team off to Frank Solich. It had been 3 titles in 4 years when Osborne retired. Now, we see older coaches sticking around for a while. Solich is in his 70s at Ohio….Bill Snyder coached into his upper 70s at Kansas State

-What would be different? Imagine if T.O. coached until he was 75….he’d still be coaching through 2012. How about that for a mindbender…