The Boss is in the House..

h/t to Joe Dexter for the title..

 

School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, NE
Founded: 1859
Student Population: 19,345
School Type: Public – Land Grant
Stadium: Bob Devaney Sports Center
Seating: 13,595
Opened: 1976
Head Coach: Tim Miles
Experience: 1st year at Nebraska
This is the return match played exactly one month ago between these teams in Columbus. The Good Guys won fairly comfortably, 70-44. By ‘comfortably‘, this game was effectively over with 8:51 to play.
As always, statistics will be gleaned from Statsheet. Usual drill with the by now familiar metrics of the Four Factors; effective FG%, TO%, Off Rebounds Rate and FT Rate. There will be other metrics thrown in as well, just to flesh out the teams performances.
Nebraska
Nebraska (11-10, 2-6) continues their run of not-too-good play. In Tuesday’s game, they were hammered at The Barn by Minnesota, 64-85. To Nebraska’s credit, they did shoot very well (55%) from the field and 64% from 3-land. Not to worry, more to the point, the Huskers shot 34% against the Buckeyes. Starter Stats, below:
GP MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG TPG FPG
#15 R. Gallegos 22 37.1 13.5 40.7 70.4 31.6 3.2 1.1 1.1 2.0
#24 D. Talley 22 35.4 13.0 35.1 66.3 32.3 5.4 2.5 2.1 2.0
#13 B. Ubel 20 32.2 12.1 48.6 81.1 23.5 6.7 1.4 1.9 3.4
#2 D. Rivers 22 22.6 5.6 44.2 47.4 29.4 3.1 0.5 0.5 1.7
#31 S. Shields 17 26.2 7.5 47.5 63.4 30.0 4.9 1.1 1.8 3.2
 
Ohio State
Coming off a solid home win against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes have a chance to put away a struggling Nebraska team, prior to going to Crisler next Tuesday. There were a couple shortcomings in Tuesday’s win, but all in all OSU showed better patience and focus on both ends of the floor against Wiscy. This may be Thad’s last chance to tinker with the line-up and substitutions before a brutal 10 game season ending stretch that begins the following Tuesday.
GP MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG TPG FPG
#1 D. Thomas 20 33.9 20.3 47.4 80.8 41.3 6.3 1.6 1.4 1.6
#4 A. Craft 20 32.4 9.0 38.7 81.1 32.1 3.5 4.6 1.9 2.4
#32 L. Smith Jr. 20 28.0 10.0 43.9 66.7 40.3 5.7 1.7 1.4 1.9
#12 S. Thompson 20 24.2 7.2 48.2 71.1 31.3 3.4 1.1 1.1 1.4
#23 A. Williams 20 16.0 4.1 60.0 51.9 0.0 3.9 0.2 1.0 2.4
The below table has the comparative Four Factors as well as possessions per game (PPP), points per possession – offense (PPP-O) and points allowed per possession (PPP-D).

eFG% TO% Off Reb FT Rate PPG PPP (O) PPP (D)
Nebraska 46.2% 17.7% 25.3% 29.5% 63 0.94 1.00
Ohio State 52.1% 17.1% 33.0% 34.4% 66 1.10 0.87
A quick glance at the above table would make you think that Ohio State has a quantitative edge over Nebraska. You would be right.

Preparing for takeoff

Other than ball handling being relatively even for both teams, there is nothing to suggest, if the teams play to form, much of a game on Saturday. But, you and I know differently..

So, what happens? I see the Buckeyes need to withstand an initial, maybe first 10 minutes, emotion-driven effort by Nebraska. OSU starts to gain control of game toward end of 1st half. The Huskers will come out with an attempted surge at start of 2nd half, close the gap a bit, then be turned away when Buckeyes put their foot down. OSU will pick up pace in 2nd half to get in a good mind-set prior to UM game.
Tip-off is on February 2nd at 7:00PM at Devaney. The game is televised on the BTN.
Go Bucks!

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