The Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball team represents the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the Big Ten Conference of NCAA Division I. The program's first game was an 11–8 win over the Lincoln YMCA. Three years later, Nebraska played its first game against another university, a 37–5 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan. Through 2017, the program has an all-time record of 1,474–1,337 with seven NCAA appearances and 16 NIT appearances. NU's only national tournament championship came in the 1996 NIT.
Nebraska has the unfortunate distinction of being the only major conference program to have never won a game in the NCAA Tournament, and did not even make the tournament until 1986. Much of the team's modest success came during the tenure of Danny Nee, head coach from 1987 to 2000. Nee is the program's all-time winningest head coach, with a record of 254–190. Nee led the Cornhuskers to five of their seven NCAA Tournament appearances and six bids to the NIT, including the 1996 NIT championship. After Nee was fired in 2000, Barry Collier was hired and led the program for six years, until leaving to become athletic director at Butler University, where he had previously coached.
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