[Before I get started on the preview, I want to mention that this article is a bit of a milestone for me. It was nearly one year ago (January 1st, 2013) when my first "official" article appeared as part of tBBC Staff. The article was a preview of a men's basketball game between Ohio State and Nebraska. It's been a great year, thank you all for stopping by our corner of the Buckeye-verse and I can't believe the Editors are still letting me do this..]
The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0) opened Big Ten Conference play on Tuesday with a win at Purdue. The return home for a Saturday tip-off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-5, 0-1).
Here’s Nebraska’s Profile
University of Nebraska
The Cornhuskers (8-5, 0-1) is currently on a two game losing streak, having lost to Cincinnati, 74-59, on Saturday and to #22 Iowa on Tuesday evening 67-57. Last year in Times Miles’ first year at Nebraska, the Huskers went 15-18, 6-14.
Coach Miles runs a 3G/2F lineup with Shavon Shields (6’7”), Ray Gallegos (6’2”) and Tai Webster (6’4”0 and the guard spots. The forward are Terran Pettaway (6’6”) and Walter Pitchford (6’10”). Pettaway (17.3 PPG) and Shields (12.5 PPG) lead the team in scoring, while 6’8” forward Leslee Smith leads the team in rebounding with 6.2 per game.
Player and team stats courtesy of statsheet.com
Here are the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers:
Ohio State University Buckeyes
The #3 Buckeyes (14-0) continued their undefeated ways with a 78-69 win at Purdue on Tuesday afternoon. The win was keyed by career-best performances by LaQuinton Ross (25 points, 12 rebs) and Shannon Scott (18 points, 5 rebs). Aaron Craft managed to fill the stat sheet with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block, 10 assists and 0 turnovers. Think about those last two numbers for a second. In contrast, Sam Thompson has a one-off (hopefully) abysmal game where nothing much went right for him.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||13.4||52.1||41.0||77.4||5.1||1.7||1.4|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||4.9||33.8||33.3||60.0||2.1||0.4||0.7|
The Huskers bring a bit of a front court challenge with Pitchford and Petteway, and of course their solid backcourt of Shields and Gallegos. But it won’t be enough. Ohio State has some paint presence with Williams and McDonald, but there were stretches against Purdue where OSU’s “small” lineup of Craft/Smith Jr./Scott/Loving/Ross outran and shot the Boilermakers. This lineup might be a combination that Thad uses to change/control match-ups and pace.
|PPG O||PPG D||RPG||APG||TPG||Pos/G||PPP||A/T|
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