Nebraska vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
|Nebraska||D Talley 13.7||B Ubel 6.7||D Talley 2.5|
|Ohio State||D Thomas 19.7||D Thomas 6.2||A Craft 4.6|
Ohio State matches up against Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Friday. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes defeated the Cornhuskers 63-56 on Feb. 2 and are 4-0 against them over the past four years.
The 19 points by Deshaun Thomas helped the Buckeyes to a 68-55 victory over Illinois on Mar. 10. He leads the team in points with 19.7 per game and rebounds with 6.2 per game. For the Cornhuskers, Brandon Ubel put up 16 points and eight rebounds in the 57-55 win over Purdue on Mar. 14. He averages 11.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game.
Ohio State has a statistical advantage over Nebraska in one significant category, scoring, where the Buckeyes have an edge over the Cornhuskers, 70.2 points per game to 58.3 points per game.
- Ohio State has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Nebraska according to Kiplinger (46 percent vs. 25 percent).
- A for effort, but Ohio State has emerged victorious against Nebraska the last seven times they've played.
- Ohio State has a better conference record than Nebraska this season (13-5 vs. 5-13).
- The Ohio State assist leader (Aaron Craft, 134 assists) has more assists than the Nebraska assist leader (Dylan Talley, 76 assists).
- Aaron Craft is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in assists and 2nd in the Big Ten in steals.
- Amir Williams is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
- Ohio State has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last five years (79.0 percent to 49.7 percent).
- Be afraid. Ohio State has blown out more teams than Nebraska this season (eight blowouts vs. zero).
- Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Nebraska (16 vs. zero).
- The Ohio State steals leader (Aaron Craft, 60 steals) has more steals than the Nebraska steals leader (Ray Gallegos, 43 steals).
- Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Nebraska (three vs. zero).
|B||L. Smith Jr.||28||10||5||2||0||0||1|
|C||A. Della Valle||7||3||2||0||0||0||0|