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Game Day Essentials: Game #22 at #13 Ohio St

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-7) at Ohio St Buckeyes (17-4)

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Image courtesy of Nebraska Basketball

Date: Monday, Jan 22th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm CST 
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

TV Broadcast:  BTN

Ohio State Info

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Head Coach: Chris Holtmann

Location: Columbus, OH
Conference: B1G
Nickname: Buckeyes

Mascot: Brutus Buckeye

Last time out: Beat Rutgers
Typical Rotation Depth: 10
Line: Ohio State by 10.5

Tempo: Middle of the road

Offense: Bates-Diop Centric

Style: Middle assist % / Low 3pa%

Fun Fact: Andre Wesson, Kaleb Wesson, and Jae'Sean Tate's fathers played for Ohio St. 

Fun Fact: Ohio St is attempting to become the 3rd B1G team in a row to win a league title with a Michigan graduate transfer. (Andrew Dakich). Purdue won in 2017 with Spike Albrecht and Indiana in 2016 with Max Bielfeldt.

 

 

Four Factors
Effective FG%: 55.1 40 47.5 47 50.8
Turnover %: 17.5 87 19.1 164 19.0
Off. Reb. %: 29.5 160 24.9 33 29.0
FTA/FGA: 32.2 213 26.9 43 33.7

If you really want to boil down the secret to Ohio St's success, it's that they shoot well and defend well inside the arc.

 

HHC Member Scouting

 

Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games

 

Nebraska

1
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
13 Anton Gill
6-3  195  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
15 Isaiah Roby
6-8  225  So
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
14.4
 
2
5 Glynn Watson
6-0  173  Jr
11 Evan Taylor
6-5  208  Sr
24 James Palmer
6-6  210  Jr
15 Isaiah Roby
6-8  225  So
14 Isaac Copeland
6-9  221  Jr
11.7
 

 

Ohio St

PG SG SF PF C Pct
1
3 CJ Jackson
6-1  175  Jr
15 Kam Williams
6-2  185  Sr
1 Jae'Sean Tate
6-4  230  Sr
33 Keita Bates-Diop
6-7  235  Jr
34 Kaleb Wesson
6-9  270  Fr
29.0
 

 

With limited center play recently Nebraska's most popular lineups have been their Roby/Copeland spread with either Gill or Taylor in at the 2. Ohio St is a good 3 point shooting team because they limit most of their shots to the guys who can make them.  Overall the shots are dominated by Bates-Diap as he dominates the ball ala 2014 Terran Petteway.

 

Players to watch:  Jae'Sean Tate

Tate is notorious at Nebraska for being the guy who slapped the floor which allowed Tai Webster to drive by him (he didn't play another game again that season). A terrible 3pt shooter, the undersized SF is a bull to the basket. If you can keep him out of the paint, you've won the battle. No one else on the team gets into the paint like he does.

 

Players to watch:  Keita Bates-Diop

Does Thad Matta still have his job if KBD doesn't get injured last year? Dude is hitting from everywhere and is especially dangerous with that mid-range game that everyone else wants to give you. He doesn't necessarily draw a ton of contact so it might be possible to put either Roby or Copeland on him without worrying about whether they get into foul trouble.

 

Miles Presser

Anton Gill

 

The Skinny

In what should be their last regular season game in which they're a significant underdog, Nebraska squares off against the almost-nobody-saw-this-coming squad of 2018 Ohio St. Led by Keita Bates-Diop the undefeated-in-conference Buckeyes appear to be locks for the NCAA tournament and in the running with Purdue for the league title.  Like Nebraska, Ohio St has a deep lineup despite the fact they were the constant butt of jokes for only fielding 11 scholarship players after Chris Holtmann took over well into June. The Buckeyes tend to play with a traditional center but are known to roll out a lineup with forward KBD as their center.  With just 9 minutes of true center play against smaller opponents in the last two games, expect the 3 headed monster of Jordy, Dube, and Tanner to grab more minutes.

 

Defensively Nebraska has been locked in since at least January in spite of the fact they constantly give up offensive rebounds. Nebraska has locked down the 3pt line and finally has the interior size and speed to keep from being eaten alive inside.  Unless Ohio State is just knocking down garbage the real question tonight is how much offense can former Chris Holtmann assistant Michael Lewis dial up?  It's been my running joke that his influence to this year's squad has been the L.E.W.I.S. system and if he can figure out how to score against this impressive Ohio St squad on the road I promise to figure out what the acronym stands for. One thing working in his favor is that the Buckeyes appear to be tired; it's been noted that some of their high minute guys rested on Sunday instead of practicing.

 

Can Nebraska put together a consecutive complete game while on the road?  Let's find out, shall we?

 

Prediction: Nebraska 71 - Ohio St 68


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wow, you're picking the Huskers! good on ya. 

 

I'm finding myself clock-watching for this one; I usually regret those games 'cause you get all hyped up for a twenty point thrashing most of the time. But I can't help it. It really is a big game for both teams. 

 

I just have no idea which NU team is coming out of that locker room. And I suspect, neither does staff. 

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15 minutes ago, swoof said:

I changed mine when I noticed yours. I don't post a lot so I was wondering when you'd notice. Hahaha.

 

Hey you two, I wanted to start the English song for good old Mo on Thursday but my boys wouldn't let me.

 

"If you ever won a war stand up,

If you ever won a war stand up...:mellow:

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43 minutes ago, Silverbacked1 said:

 

Hey you two, I wanted to start the English song for good old Mo on Thursday but my boys wouldn't let me.

 

"If you ever won a war stand up,

If you ever won a war stand up...:mellow:

 

Ha!  "Two World Wars and One World Cup"...wonder if Waaaaaaagner would've caught the reference.

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59 minutes ago, swoof said:

I changed mine when I noticed yours. I don't post a lot so I was wondering when you'd notice. Hahaha.

 

My bro-in-law is from Canby and is a huge Timbers fan.  We rib each other quite a bit during MLS season. B)

 

Children's Mercy Park is a great game day atmosphere, but I'd love to catch a game at Providence Park to see how the atmospheres compare.

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3 minutes ago, aphilso1 said:

 

My bro-in-law is from Canby and is a huge Timbers fan.  We rib each other quite a bit during MLS season. B)

 

Children's Mercy Park is a great game day atmosphere, but I'd love to catch a game at Providence Park to see how the atmospheres compare.

My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew have had season tickets to the Timbers from the start.

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3 hours ago, Silverbacked1 said:

My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew have had season tickets to the Timbers from the start.

I'm on the waiting list. Now I just get up to a few games a year and usually get lucky and notice the playoff ticket email right when it comes.

 

3 hours ago, aphilso1 said:

 

My bro-in-law is from Canby and is a huge Timbers fan.  We rib each other quite a bit during MLS season. B)

 

Children's Mercy Park is a great game day atmosphere, but I'd love to catch a game at Providence Park to see how the atmospheres compare.

 

I'd love to go to game in KC someday. Maybe next time I'm back in Nebraska I can find the time. I was at the double-post playoff game in 2015 just to the right of the goal where they took the pens. That was wild!

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