The news of a potential matchup has been floating around for over a week, but now it’s official. Oklahoma State and Nebraska will face off on the hardwood this fall.
The Cowboys and Cornhuskers will meet at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on December 16, 2018.
This game makes perfect sense for both sides. OSU was left out of the NCAA tournament field this year due to a weak nonconference schedule. Despite finishing 22-10 during the regular season, including 13-5 in the Big Ten, and an RPI of 49, Nebraska finished it’s season in the NIT due to a nonconference schedule ranked 288th.
Mike Boynton discussed his desire to rekindle old rivalries in an excellent interview with Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. The only disappointment is that there isn’t a return date closer to Oklahoma for next season.
Nebraska joins what is becoming an excellent and challenging nonconference schedule for OSU in 2018. Already announced are home games against Houston, College of Charleston, and South Carolina, a neutral site game against Minnesota, and three games in the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando whose field includes Villanova, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, Charleston, Canisius and UAB. Oklahoma State will also travel to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane, though a date and time for that game have not been announced. Oklahoma State has not announced it’s full schedule.
This will be the 118th time the former Big 12 and Big 8 foes have faced off in basketball, but the first time since the Cornhuskers bolted for the Big Ten conference back in 2011. Nebraska holds a 63-54 lead in the overall series, but the Cowboys won five of the last six meetings.
Television coverage for the game will be announced at a later date, and will determine the tip time.