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Game Day Essentials: Game #26 vs Ohio St

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-14) vs Ohio St. Buckeyes (15-12)




Date: Saturday Feb. 18

Time: 5:00 pm CST 
Arena: Value City Arena

TV Broadcast:  BTN

Ohio St Info

Head Coach: Thad Matta
Location: Columbus, OH
Conference: B1G
Nickname: Buckeyes

Mascot: Brutus Buckeye
Last time out: Lost Michigan St
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
Line: Ohio St by 5
Tempo: Fast paced offense, slow passive defense
Style: Low 3pt attempt %
4 Factors Good: Not putting you on the FT line
4 Factors Bad: Turning you over

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 51.7 115 48.2 80 50.5
Turnover %: 19.0 198 17.7 242 18.8
Off. Reb. %: 30.5 131 29.5 182 29.4
FTA/FGA: 36.6 141 29.6 51 35.5




Ohio St Most frequently used lineup

3 CJ Jackson
6-1  175  So
15 Kam Williams
6-2  185  Jr
1 Jae'Sean Tate
6-4  230  Jr
2 Marc Loving
6-8  220  Sr
32 Trevor Thompson
7-0  250  Jr


Expected Nebraska Starting Lineup

5 Glynn Watson
6-0  175  So
0 Tai Webster
6-4  195  Sr
11 Evan Taylor
6-5  206  Jr
12 Michael Jacobson
6-9  230  So
32 Jordy Tshimanga
6-11  275  Fr



Last Time Out

Four Huskers scored in double figures led by Tai Webster's 18 as Nebraska built a 10 point lead in the 2nd half. As with most Ohio St games, but at the end clung to a 1 point lead with just a second to go. The unthinkable happened as Marc Loving scored the last of his 15 points with an easy inbounds play after Glynn Watson was tripped up in a switch.


The Skinny

For the second consecutive season Ohio St finds themselves on the skids, this time in the midst of a season that will give Thad Matta his first losing B1G record in his 13 years in Columbus. This Saturday night is a matchup of two teams fighting to stay out of the B1G play-in portion of the tournament. Ohio St should have a decent Saturday crowd but this isn't the same Buckeye team that has crushed Nebraska in Columbus.


Defensively, it's about keeping the Buckeyes to a normal shooting night while not fouling too much. The key to Nebraska defeating this team is outscoring the Buckeyes and expect the Huskers to run their offense straight into the paint regardless of who is protecting it. 


It's tempting to think the Huskers can build on their big win over Penn St but basketball rarely works out that way. It seems likely that Nebraska will finally stop getting destroyed in Columbus.  Can they straight up win?


Prediction: Ohio St 73 - Nebraska 67

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