"A loss to Creighton hurts us. A win over Creighton, the only thing it does is make our fans happy. It doesn't help you come Selection Sunday. That's just the way it is."
And that was then. Creighton now finds themselves in a major conference with their own national television network. They'll have all of the RPI-enhancing games they need on their conference schedule. But now there's a new twist on the debate over whether Nebraska's division 1 basketball teams should play.
It's UNO. UNO has quietly put together an impressive start this season, beating opponents in common with both Nebraska and Creighton by comparable margins in the early part of this season. The Mavericks' basketball team isn't eligible to play in the NCAA tournament yet, and won't for a couple more seasons. But the RPI is there, and it's a more-than-respectable 157. Not bad for a Summit League team playing their third season out of of division 2.
Nebraska played UNO last year in Lincoln. Creighton hasn't scheduled UNO ever since the Mavs left division 2. Why not? It's a question Tom Shatel asked Creighton head coach Greg McDermott. McDermott's answer essentially backed up what Doc Sadler said years before:
“We evaluate our schedule every year and we're going to schedule what fits Creighton best. If UNO fits that, it's something we would consider.”
Five years ago, Creighton fans were miffed when Doc Sadler talked about scheduling what would fit Nebraska the best. Turns out Doc was right after all...otherwise, Creighton would gladly be looking to schedule UNO in basketball.