Breakdownability, BTT Edition: OSU vs Nebraska

Written March 15th, 2013 by Ken

Pick your poison, Huskers

 
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
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Big Ten Tournament: Round 1 Preview

Written March 14th, 2013 by Ken

It’s hard to believe that such a competitive season has culminated to this. One tournament, the week before the big dance. For the first time in it’s history, the B1G Tourney has sold out before play even starts. We have seen some great opening round games the last few years, that have set up teams to a championship game run. Today, we don’t expect much different. We have a slate full of competitive games with huge implications on the line.  Here is a look at today’s opening round games with a short preview of what to expect on the hardwood in Chicago in the opening round.

 

#8 Illinois vs. #9 Minnesota
This will be a hard game to figure out; both teams come in with similar records and both play schizophrenic (due respect to those diagnosed) basketball. Illinois comes into this game losers of 3 of their last 4 games. Further, they have failed to cover the spread in their last five games, meaning they won by fewer than expected and lost by more than expected. Not exactly the performance of a team peaking for post-season. These teams split the season series, so this game is the tie breaker with the opportunity to play #1 seed Indiana in next round.
Illinois is led in the backcourt by Brandon Paul (G, 6’4”, 15.7 ppg, 2.8 apg) and in the frontcourt by Nnanna Egwu (F/C, 6’11”, 6.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Minnesota is led in the backcourt by Andre Hollins (G, 6’1”,  , 3.5 apg) and in the frontcourt by Trevor Mbakwe (F, 6’8”, 10.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg). Both teams shoot about the same, but Minnesota is a far superior rebounding team (Off Reb % of 44.3), although they are far more prone to turn the ball over (21% of possessions). Best bet for a good game is for Paul to light it up from long range paint while Mbakwe has his way in the paint. Minnesota is favored by 2, sounds about right.

Tip-off is at 12 Noon EST on BTN.

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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!

tBBC B1G Basketball Roundtable – Part Two

Written October 2nd, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

With basketball season rapidly approaching and a lot of information to digest from around the conference, I thought it was high time we hear from bloggers representing them. We finish off the series in roundtables with our last seven today! We hope you enjoy the feature and give us plenty of feedback, and be sure to check out Part One.

Good Teams across the B1G this year

Introducing our comrades from around the B1G  we start off with Rick Reese of the Iowa Blog Black Heart Gold Pants; Brian Rosenthal, Lincoln Journal Star writer and Husker Extra writer; Penn State writer for StateCollege.com Ben Jones; Philip Rossman-Reich writer for Lake the Posts ; Jonathan Foster, writer for From the Barn, one of my favorite B1G blogs.

I honestly had issues trying to round up bloggers for TTUN and for the Fighting Illini, and have the only Michigan fan I like helping out in Giuliano, (So Fla Wolverine  to his twitter mates). tBBC main man for basketball Eric  will do us the honor of covering the Illini.

Who are the key returning players?

Black Heart Gold Pants

Rick Reese. Black Heart Gold Pants. Iowa Roy Devyn Marble, Aaron White and Zach McCabe are Iowa’s returning starters. There’s also Gabe Olaseni and Melsahn Basabe coming off the bench. Marble holds a slight edge over Aaron White as the teams top returning scorer. Marble averaged 11.5 points per game last season while White averaged 11.1. White was a do-it-all freshman that as freshmen do, only got better as the season carried on. McCabe and Basabe averaged 7.8 and 8.2 rebounds per game. Basabe suffered the dreaded sophomore slump but will hopefully benefit this season with the return of a true center in Iowa’s lineup. 

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Buckeyes Outplay Nebraska in 79-45 Win

Written January 21st, 2012 by Joe Dexter

All it took was an 11-0 run early in the first quarter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, as they rolled into the half with a sixteen point lead — bringing home their second victory of the season against Nebraska by a final of 79-45.

Despite Jared Sullinger missing a major chunk of the first half, the Buckeyes were able to pull away in a very quiet domination early and late in the first. Aaron Craft hit a three point jumper with 15:31 on the clock to tie the ballgame at eight. After the assist from Jared Sullinger, the big man would then distribute the basketball off to Lenzelle Smith for an easy layup. Deshaun Thomas would then nail five of his ten first half points on a layup and three pointer back to back making it 15-7 with 12 minutes to go in the first.

After William Buford drained a big three pointer with a hand in his face, with three minutes remaining in the half, The Buckeyes would go to the line six times down the stretch.  With six seconds left, Aaron Craft drove the near sideline, pinballed through three defenders, and found an open Evan Ravenel in the low post, who kissed the glass to head into the second.

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