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Nebraska heads into preseason practice with March sadness in mind, not its big run in Big Ten

  • FILE - In this March 9, 2014, file photo, Nebraska coach Tim Miles applauds his seniors prior to an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska is picked as high as second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in preseason publications after its 19-win season. The Huskers are in line for their first preseason ranking, and second ever, since they were No. 25 to start 1992-93. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this March 9, 2014, file photo, Nebraska coach Tim Miles applauds his seniors prior to an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska is picked as high as second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in preseason publications after its 19-win season. The Huskers are in line for their first preseason ranking, and second ever, since they were No. 25 to start 1992-93. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Indiana's Austin Etherington (13) tries to protect the ball from Nebraska’s Shavon Shields (31), left, and Terran Petteway , right, during an NCAA college basketball game  in Bloomington, Ind. Nebraska is picked as high as second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in preseason publications after its 19-win season. The Huskers are in line for their first preseason ranking, and second ever, since they were No. 25 to start 1992-93. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, file)

    FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Indiana's Austin Etherington (13) tries to protect the ball from Nebraska‚Äôs Shavon Shields (31), left, and Terran Petteway , right, during an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Nebraska is picked as high as second in the Big Ten and 11th nationally in preseason publications after its 19-win season. The Huskers are in line for their first preseason ranking, and second ever, since they were No. 25 to start 1992-93. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, file)  (The Associated Press)

For Nebraska's men's basketball team, a sour ending to a solid season turned into motivation for this year.

The Cornhuskers return almost everybody from the team that won 19 games, finished fourth in the Big Ten and made the NCAA tournament. They start preseason practice on Sunday.

Coach Tim Miles says he can tell from offseason workouts that his players "have an appetite for work." As good as last season was, Miles says the team remembers the ending more than what happened for the bulk of the schedule.

The Huskers blew an 18-point lead to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament, and lost by 14 points to Baylor in the NCAA tournament.