Pregame Glance MBB: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Written January 3rd, 2014 by Ken

[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..] 

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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

  • School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Location: Lincoln, NE
  • Founded: 1869
  • Student Population: 19,103
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • Seating: 15,000
  • Built: 2013
  • Head Coach: Tim Miles
  • Year: 2nd

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:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TPG
5 Petteway, Terran 6’6″ F 17.3 42.9 41.7 85.9 5.2 1.2 2.3
31 Shields, Shavon 6’7″ G 12.5 42.0 30.4 72.4 5.4 1.8 1.6
1 Biggs, Deverell 6’0″ G 9.6 41.1 35.7 67.4 2.9 1.5 1.7
35
Pitchford, Walter
6’10″ F 8.8 44.7 38.6 76.5 5.1 0.4 0.0
15
Gallegos, Ray
6’2″ G 7.9 39.7 39.7 66.7 1.6 1.8 0.4
0
Webster, Tai
6’4″ G 6.2 34.3 17.6 58.2 2.2 2.6 2.2
21 Smith, Leslee 6’8″ F 7.7 58.3 0.0 73.2 6.2 0.2 1.4
2 Rivers, David 6’7″ F 3.0 52.9 0.0 54.5 1.8 0.4 0.9
3
Parker, Benny
5’9″ G 1.8 41.7 0.0 60.0 0.6 1.0 0.5
4
Hawkins, Nathan
6’5″ G 1.2 22.2 20.0 25.0 1.4 0.4 0.4
14
Vucetic, Sergej
7’1″ C 1.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
12 Peltz, Mike 6’2″ G 0.3 0.0 0.0 50.0 1.5 0.0 0.0
10
Menke, Trevor
5’11″ G
23 Fuller, Nick 6’6″ F
33
Wagner, Tim
6’3″ G
44 Kurkowski, Kye 6’11″ F

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:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TPG
10 L. Ross 6’8″ F 13.8 43.9 37.0 68.6 6.2 0.6 1.2
32 L. Smith Jr. 6’4″ G 13.4 52.1 41.0 77.4 5.1 1.7 1.4
15 K. Williams 6’2″ G 11.0 71.4 0.0 50.0 4.0 0.0 1.0
4 A. Craft 6’2″ G 9.4 47.2 25.0 73.7 3.5 5.0 1.9
3 S. Scott 6’1″ G 8.4 46.2 30.2 64.5 4.2 3.9 2.1
12 S. Thompson 6’7″ F 6.9 39.8 28.6 65.5 2.9 0.7 0.8
2 M. Loving 6’7″ F 6.4 44.1 32.1 82.4 2.4 0.4 0.5
33 A. Della Valle 6’5″ G 4.9 33.8 33.3 60.0 2.1 0.4 0.7
55 T. McDonald 6’8″ C 1.9 52.6 0.0 33.3 1.7 0.4 0.4
34 J. Lorbach 6’7″ F 1.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
24 A. Goldstein 6’3″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
23 A. Williams 6’11″ C 9.5 64.4 0.0 69.8 7.1 0.4 1.5

Wrap up

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
Nebraska 71 67 35 10 11 73 1.05 0.96
Ohio State 75 55 37 13 11 66 1.13 1.27

The game is scheduled for this Saturday, tipping off at 12:00 PM EST in Value City Arena. Television coverage will be provided by BTN. Live chat coverage will be provided by tBBC. Please join us for our live chat approximately 30 minutes before tip-off.

4 Comments

  1. MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 3rd, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary, Ken! Maybe now Eric will give you a key to the executive washroom.

    Glad you’re a Buckeye Battlecry-er, bro.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    January 3rd, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Eric just sent me keys to the Exec Loo!! Turns out it’s across the street at the McDonalds. I have arrived. Now, I gotta go.. ;)

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  2. ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    January 3rd, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Glad to have you here Ken! We couldn’t do what we do without you.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    January 3rd, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    This has been a true enjoyment. I’m really looking forward to 2014! Thanks, guys, the pleasure is mine.

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