Ohio St Info
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Location: Columbus, OH
Mascot: Brutus Buckeye
Shirt not to Wear: Grey, Planters
Last time out: Beat Michigan St
Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
Line: Nebraska by 1
Tempo: Fast paced offense, slow passive defense
Style: Low 3pt attempt %
4 Factors Good: Not putting you on the FT line
4 Factors Bad:
|Off. Reb. %:||29.4||28.6||29.7|
Those numbers look nearly as good when you look at conference only
|Off. Reb. %:||25.8||34.7||29.7|
Ohio St Most frequently used lineup
You'll see most of this lineup on the court all day as Ohio St. doesn't dig too deep into the bench for minutes.
Expected Nebraska Starting Lineup
Miles and Webster Presser
Player to Watch: JaQuan Lyle
Ohio St's offense begins and ends with the 6'5" 210# Soph. who leads the team assists and gets to the rim. He's also shooting a Glynn Watson-esque 52.4% from 3 in conference play.
Player to Watch: Trevor Thompson
The 7'0" JR is a difference making center for the Buckeyes who brings superior block and rebounding when he's on the court. He draws a ton of contact on offense but is foul-prone on the other side of the ball. He's the kind of guy that could foul out Jordy in 5 minutes so the big man will have to be careful.
Nebraska needs to win at least 8 of their next 13 games if they want a shot at the NCAA tournament. In that regards this isn't a must win game but losing to Ohio St Wednesday just makes things harder and turns games such as playing the Buckeyes in Ohio into must wins. The Buckeyes have been struggling in conference as they too have suffered a significant post player injury with Keita Bates-Diop out for the season. With the exception of the Wisconsin game the Buckeyes have been close and come into Lincoln having beaten Michigan St.
Ohio St runs the sort of 2pt reliant, fast paced offense which will be a welcome change from the methodical 3pt offenses that have been shredding the Huskers defense. Containing the dangerous Lyle will be the key as he'll free up Marc Loving and Jae'Sean Tate for looks in addition to dumping the ball down to Thompson in the post. Defensive rebounding will be huge given Ohio St doesn't turn the ball over much so 2nd chance points will be quite damaging in this game.
Offensively you'll see Nebraska continue to attack the rim even when the defensively dominant Thompson is in the game because it's what the team does and you're not going to put Thompson in foul trouble by avoiding him. Expect that attack to be much more fearless whenever he's out of the game though. Nebraska has quietly become one of the better 3pt shooting teams in the conference by selectively taking shots. Those shots should be there vs this Ohio St. team. Given our penchant for playing slowly on offense and Ohio St's equal patience on defense, expect a few shot clock violations against the home team.
Nebraska really seems to match up well against teams with smaller SFs and with the loss of Ed Morrow playing teams with smaller PFs should be to our advantage. That is Ohio St. in....a nutshell. Can the Huskers take advantage?
Prediction: Nebraska 74 - Ohio St 69 with a 68% chance of Runzas