LINCOLN — After spending weeks on the outside looking in, Nebraska finally made its way into the AP Poll on Monday.
Voters ranked Nebraska No. 24 in the latest AP Top 25 after the Huskers' 7-1 start — their best since 2003. It is Nebraska's first AP ranking since the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Huskers began their season with convincing wins over Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana, then beat Seton Hall at home. It looked like that would be enough for the Huskers to earn a ranking, but they were bumped off course after a loss to Texas Tech in Kansas City.
But two wins over Clemson and Illinois changed voters' minds, and the Huskers will now have an official ranking next to their name.
Nebraska received votes as high as No. 16. The most votes came in at Nos. 19 and 23.
Nebraska returns to action Wednesday at Minnesota at 8 p.m. The Huskers then face Creighton in Lincoln on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Bluejays received votes in this week's AP Poll, coming in at No. 31. This is the first time Nebraska has played Creighton as a ranked team since 1992, when the Huskers were ranked No. 25. They beat unranked Creighton 100-83.
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Here is the full AP Poll:
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6--6, 218 | Sophomore | Guard | Bolingbrook, Ill.
Akenten clocked just 21 minutes his freshman year and shot 2 for 9 from the floor, eight of those nine shots coming from behind the arc. Akenten said he was “humbled” by last season, and he’ll get a shot this year to stay on the floor for much, much longer than 21 minutes.
6--1, 184 | Sophomore | Guard | Raleigh, N.C.
Nebraska’s fifth starter, Allen will have plenty of opportunity to prove he deserves serious playing time. Allen is Nebraska’s best bet for a sharp-shooter, and the Huskers’ season may depend on Allen’s ability to stretch the floor and give Nebraska a fifth weapon to add to the “Fab Four.”
6--8, 250 | Senior | Forward | Gothenburg, Neb.
Borchardt cut some weight and it proved beneficial in the closed scrimmage against Iowa State. He hit four of his five shots filling in for Isaiah Roby while he was in foul trouble. That’ll be Borchardt’s main role this year — filling in for Roby and Isaac Copeland when they’re in foul trouble or need a rest.
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6-4, 180 | Junior | Guard | Orange, N.J.
Burke is a transfer from Robert Morris who has to sit out this season. He’s on deck to be Nebraska’s next star.
6-9, 225 | Senior | Forward | Raleigh, N.C.
A key cog in the Nebraska machine, Copeland will be NU’s stretch-four. He’s playing better than any time in his career, Tim Miles said. Copeland was honorable mention All-Big Ten last season with 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
6-1, 200 | Freshman | Guard | Omaha
Costello is a walk-on from Omaha and won the Class B state title in 2017 with Elkhorn South. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
6-6, 215 | Freshman | Forward | St. Louis, Mo.
Davis is out this season after tearing his Achilles during fall practice.
6-6, 205 | Freshman | Guard | Frederick, Md.
Harris is the true freshman most likely to immediately contribute this season. Harris can defend positions one through four. His jumper will determine how much he see’s the floor.
6-10, 215 | Freshman | Forward | Springfield, Neb.
Heiman is Nebraska’s one in-state scholarship freshman. He’s Nebraska’s first in-state high school enrollee since 2001. As a four-year starter at Platteview, Heiman scored 1,315 points, racked up 883 rebounds and blocked 523 shots.
6-6, 207 | Senior | Guard | Upper Marlboro, Md.
Nebraska’s best player in years, Palmer is a returning All-Big Ten first-team guard. The senior sniffed the NBA but decided to return for one more year. He averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a junior.
6-9, 230 pounds | Junior | Forward | Dixon, Illinois
Roby is a key cog in Nebraska's machine. The junior recorded a double double in Nebraska's exhibition and could do that consistently this season for the Huskers. The owner of a 7-foot-1 wingspan, he’s a potential All-Big Ten player.
6-6, 206 | Sophomore | Guard | Reykjavik, Iceland
Thorbjarnarson appeared in nine games as a freshman and was 3 for 7 from the floor. He’ll likely play cleanup duty this year and will look to contribute more as a junior and senior.
6-3, 194 | Junior | Guard | Omaha
Trueblood has appeared in 17 games in his two seasons on the team. The backup point guard won’t be a huge factor this season.
6-3, 180 | Senior | Guard | Bellwood, Ill.
The final of the "Fab Four," Watson is a four-year starter and Tim Miles’ eyes and ears on the court. Watson’s production dropped a bit as a junior, averaging 10.5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Miles is hoping Watson has a year more like his sophomore season, when he scored 13 a game and shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range.