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    Game Day Essentials: Game #17 vs Ohio St

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-9) at #21 Ohio St Buckeyes (11-5)


      Date: Saturday Jan 11th, 2020
      Time: 3:30 p.m. 
      Arena: Value City Arena (19,049, 9th largest in D-I)

      Broadcast:  FS1

    Ohio State Info

    Head Coach: Chris Holtmann

    Location: Columbus, OH
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Buckeyes

    Mascot: Brutus Buckeye

    B1G: 1-4
    Typical Rotation Depth: 9-10
    Line: Ohio St by 17.5

    KenPom rank: 7

    Home court advantage: 3.8 (49th in D-I)

    Offensive Style: Shooting 3s 

    Defensive Style: Giving you little in the paint


    Players to watch:  Kaleb Wesson

    The 6'9" 270# dominant Junior center has gotten himself into better shape which means he's playing at a high level for longer in games. The rebounding monster is also shooting 42% from 3. The Huskers will have to guard him all over on the court. K. Wesson is foul prone.


    Roster points

      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    13 CJ Walker
    6-1  195  Jr
    1 Luther Muhammad
    6-3  185  So
    24 Andre Wesson
    6-6  220  Sr
    25 Kyle Young
    6-8  205  Jr
    34 Kaleb Wesson
    6-9  270  Jr


    Ohio St's lineup has been in flux because of injuries. Kyle Young had an appendectomy and Duane Washington had a rib injury. Both players are now back.

    • Walker transferred from from Florida St. He's pass first on this team but is losing time to DJ Carton due to an inconsistent shot. Will generate steals with his quickness
    • With Wesson capable of shooting outside, Kyle Young can flourish driving to the rim. A superior rebounder who is shooting 67.8% from 2.
    • Andre Wesson is also a great 3pt shooter and has played well in conference.
    • Muhammad is a defense first shooting guard
    • Frosh guard  DJ Carton is shooting 40% from 3 and might get the start tonight. Like Walker he's also been turnover prone.
    • EJ Liddell is 6'6" and functions as backup at forward.


    The Skinny:

    Ohio St comes into this game on a 4 game losing streak because of their lack of offense.  The Buckeyes are struggling with shooting and turnovers so Nebraska bringing intensity could keep them in a lull.  The pack type defenses won't work as well against this 3pt shooting team so look for more of a switching defense tonight with Kaleb Wesson getting an immediate double team from somewhere when on the floor.  The Buckeyes have a few guys that you can play off of.  Offensive rebounding will be key as Ohio St will certainly be hunting for offensive boards to augment their offense.


    Defensively though, tOSU has been tough and currently hold the #9 defense in KenPom.  The Huskers will need to spam some points off of turnovers and a few off breaks but otherwise will need to hit 3s against this defense oriented team.  


    Look for OSU to control the pace tonight.


    Prediction: Ohio St 75 - Nebraska 61

    Edited by hhcmatt

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