The Women’s team are heading to Lincoln to face Nebrasketball a couple days before the Men. Let’s take a look.
School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, NE
Student Population: 19,345
School Type: Public – Land Grant
Stadium: Bob Devaney Sports Center
Head Coach: Connie Yori
Experience: 11th year
The Nebraska women’s basketball team (14-6, 4-3) come to the Value City Arena to square off against the struggling Buckeyes (11-9. 1-6). Nebraska enters the game on a two game winning streak while he Buckeyes are on a two game losing streak. The table, below has a few key metrics.
|eFG%||A/T||Off Reb||Pts/Gm (O)||Pts/Gm (D)|
It appears that this may be a statistically favorable matchup for the Bucks, but restrain yourself. I have thoughts at the bottom of the article.
Nebraska’s starters and their stats, below
Not a whole lot that stands out with the Huskers. Their scoring in pretty well balanced with two (nearly three) players averaging double digits. The starters of Harper (6’2”), Moore (5’9”), Cady (6’2”), Sample (6’1”) and Theriot (6’0”) don’t present an overly big lineup.
Ohio State starters and stats, below.
The starters of Hill (5’10”), Ferguson (5’11”), Adams (6’5”), Moore (6’2″) and Alston (5’9″) may have an advantage in front court play. Hopefully it bears out on Thursday. A quick glimpse at the starters’ stats struck me as being eerily similar to the OSU men’s team this year. If you were to plug in the men’s names, with DeShaun Thomas filling the role of Tayler Hill, there are some similarities. Jim Foster’s team clearly depends on the good play of Ms Hill.
Getting back to team metrics briefly, the other number that stood out is, despite the (slightly) winning record, OSU’s margin of victory (11 pts/game) struck me as being high. How? Well, the wins were by sizable margins, and the losses for the most part were close games. Seven of the nine losses were by 9 points or less, one in triple overtime. The last two losses (Wisconsin 49-68) and PSU (56-71) were against trend. The Wisconsin loss was a ’bad’ loss, since it’s been Wisky’s only Conference win so far. The PSU loss was a complete 2nd half debacle; OSU is up by 9 points at the half then gets outscored 43-19 in 2nd half, driven by FG (5-18), 3FG (1-5) and FT (8-14) numbers of eye-popping futility. The past week and a half have not been a lot to build on.
So, what happens? I have no idea. Nebraska (4-3), although not likely to catch PSU and Purdue at the top of the Conference is still aiming for a decent tourney seed, so I expect Yori to have them ready to play. If Foster can find another scorer this game to complement Hill and Adams, this should be an interesting game, and OSU could pull out the win.
I think this squad has been trying to find its rhythm through the pre-conference portion of the schedule and has lost it in conference play. Nebraska will be a good opponent to work out kinks.
Tip-off is January 31st at 8:30PM at the Value City Arena. The game will be televised on the BTN.