Nebraska coach: ‘We’ll make it happen’

The Nebraska basketball team said Thursday it will make it to the Final Four despite not winning a game in its last 10 contests.

A week after missing a season-high seven games with a left knee injury, the Huskers will get a shot to end the season with a win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Huskers finished the season 1-10 with a 15-9 record.

They have not lost since Feb. 3 and have won five straight games for the first time since Jan. 29-Feb. 4.

The team has been outscored by more than 20 points per game since Jan, and has a league-low 18.8 points per contest.

But the Huskies will be seeking to avoid being swept out of the NCAA tournament, which was its fourth consecutive.

The win will make the Husker season streak of at least 10 wins in a row a season long.

The Huskers have lost three straight and 10 of 11 overall.

The Utes, who had won 12 of 13, are expected to finish the season ranked fourth or better in the West.

The Utes have won four of five and are 3-1 in games at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The season-ending injury occurred while the Huskies were still trying to find their identity after losing All-American forward Dontavius Adams and two other starters to injuries.

Adams was hurt early in the second half against BYU in the season opener and is expected to be sidelined for about a month.

The team will try to avoid an NCAA ban on players who return to practice or compete with the rest of the team.