Court Report: Buckeyes’ three-game losing skid should end tonight at Nebraska

Tonight, the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes head to Lincoln to take the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tip-off at Pinnacle Bank Arena is scheduled for 7:01 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on BTN with Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson. On your terrestrial radio dial, WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan is the flagship station for the 56 outlets on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with analysis from Ron Stokes. The game can also be heard live via satellite on Sirius 92 and XM 191.

Amedeo Della Valle #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is guarded by Deverell Biggs #1 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the first half on January 4, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)

Amedeo Della Valle #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is guarded by Deverell Biggs #1 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the first half on January 4, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)

Buckeye Notes:

The Buckeyes enter tonight’s conference match-up on a three-game losing skid after suffering defeats to No. 5 Michigan State (72-68, OT), No. 20 Iowa (84-74), and Minnesota (63-53) in consecutive outings.

Ohio State is 15-3 overall and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with a 2-3 mark. The Buckeyes’ have just one win against a team currently in the RPI top 50 after defeating North Dakota State (79-62) on Dec 14. OSU also has seven wins against the RPI top 100 which includes victories over Ohio (79-69), Wyoming (65-50), Maryland (76-60), Delaware (76-64), Notre Dame (64-61), Purdue (78-69) and Nebraska (84-53).

In Ohio State’s last game against Minnesota, Deandre Mathieu scored 13 points and dished out five assists to help the Golden Gophers pull away late for a 63-53 win over the No. 11 Buckeyes at Williams Arena on Thursday. Elliott Eliason finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Andre Hollins added 10 points and six boards for the victors.

LaQuinton Ross poured in a game-high 22 points and Sam Thompson scored 12 off the bench for the Buckeyes, who lost three straight for the first time since dropping three in a row in February of 2009.

Husker Notes:

Nebraska is 8-8 overall and is winless in conference play along with Penn State at 0-4. The Cornhuskers’ lone win over a RPI top 100 opponent was against Miami-Fla. (60-49) on Dec. 4. Since then, Nebraska has won just twice in the last eight contests with wins over Arkansas State (79-67) and The Citadel (77-62).

The Huskers have had the last eight days off and their last game was on Jan. 12, losing to Purdue (70-64) on the road. In that contest, A.J. Hammons scored 18 and Ronnie Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers in the come-from-behind win. Terran Petteway had 19 points and nine rebounds, while both Ray Gallegos and Deverell Biggs each added 10 points for the Huskers, who lost five-straight.

Series History:

Ohio State leads the all-time series against Nebraska, 10-2. The Buckeyes are 3-1 in Lincoln. Thad Matta is 6-0 overall vs. the Cornhuskers since taking over the Ohio State program in 2004-05. The Buckeyes have won the last nine games in the series, and is 7-0 when ranked.

Last Time Out: Jan 4, 2014

Five Buckeyes scored in double figures as sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle contributed 15 points off the bench to lead then-No. 3 Ohio State over Nebraska, 84-53, at Value City Arena in Columbus.

The Buckeyes got off to a slow start and the game was tied at 19-all with 7:59 left in the first half before Ohio State mounted an 8-0 run to get some separation from the Cornhuskers thanks to a conventional three-point play by freshman forward Marc Loving, a three-pointer from junior forward LaQuinton Ross, and a layup by senior guard Aaron Craft.

Still, the Buckeyes only led by three with 2:28 to go until intermission before Ohio State closed out the first 20 minutes of action by outscoring Nebraska 7-0 to take a 40-30 advantage at the break.

To start the second stanza, OSU used a 16-6 spurt over the next five-plus minutes and after a pair of charity stripe tosses from junior guard Shannon Scott, the Buckeyes led 56-36 with 14:22 remaining. Ross also hit a pair of threes that were part of a 12-0 run during that stretch that helped break the game open.

Nebraska’s Deverell Biggs made a running jumper to halt Ohio State’s momentum and added an additional four points as part of an 8-2 push to cut the deficit to 58-44 with 11:31 to play, but that’s as close as the Cornhuskers would get the rest of the way.

The Buckeyes ended the game on an 8-0 run to win going away as Ohio State took its largest lead of the game following a dunk by junior center Trey McDonald that made the final score 84-53 with 41 ticks on the clock.

Loving chipped in with 13 points in a reserve role, while Scott added 13 points with five assists. Ross finished with 11 points, and junior center Amir Williams netted 10 points for the Buckeyes.

Nebraska shot 21-of-56 (37.5%) from the field, 4-of-15 (26.7%) from three-point range, and 7-of-12 (58.3%) from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Ohio State shot 27-of-50 (54.0%) from the floor, 9-of-19 from beyond the arc, and 21-of-29 (72.4%) from the charity stripe.

Terran Petteway led the way for the Cornhuskers with 15 points and Leslee Smith contributed a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

2013-14 TEAM STATISTICS

NO. 17 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
15-3, 2-3 Big Ten
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
73.9
57.9
Field Goals Made-Att.
456-986
386-997
Field Goal Pct.
.462
.387
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
121-353
79-297
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.343
.266
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
6.7
4.4
Free Throws Made-Att.
297-434
192-279
Free Throw Pct.
.684
.688
FTs Made Per Game
16.5
10.7
Rebounds Per Game
36.1
34.7
Assists Per Game
13.4
8.8
Turnovers Per Game
11.4
15.1
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.2
0.6
Steals Per Game
7.4
3.8
Blocks Per Game
4.6
2.7

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
8-8, 0-4 Big Ten
NEB
OPP
Points Per Game
69.4
68.2
Field Goals Made-Att.
377-879
371-829
Field Goal Pct.
.429
.448
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
91-267
85-262
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.341
.324
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
5.7
5.3
Free Throws Made-Att.
265-373
264-402
Free Throw Pct.
.710
.657
FTs Made Per Game
16.6
16.5
Rebounds Per Game
33.8
35.2
Assists Per Game
10.1
11.3
Turnovers Per Game
10.8
13.1
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
0.9
0.9
Steals Per Game
7.5
4.9
Blocks Per Game
3.1
3.3
PROBABLE LINEUPS & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
C 23 Amir Williams 6-11 250 Jr. 24.2 9.3 6.6 0.4 .636 .000 .661
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 26.2 14.1 5.8 0.7 .431 .411 .681
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Sr. 27.1 12.0 5.0 1.5 .477 .360 .770
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Sr. 34.3 9.0 3.2 5.0 .465 .286 .716
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 Jr. 27.7 7.9 4.1 3.9 .447 .302 .667
Key Reserves:
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 Jr. 23.6 7.8 3.2 1.0 .432 .286 .690
F 2 Marc Loving 6-7 215 Fr. 13.3 6.6 2.4 0.3 .418 .289 .824
G 33 Amedeo Della Valle 6-5 190 So. 13.1 5.2 2.1 0.4 .387 .373 .611
NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 234 So. 21.6 8.4 4.4 0.5 .441 .370 .762
G/F 31 Shavon Shields 6-7 219 So. 31.3 10.9 5.3 1.7 .406 .280 .706
G/F 5 Terran Petteway 6-6 209 So. 31.4 17.3 5.3 4.1 .433 .365 .857
G 0 Tai Webster 6-4 194 Fr. 26.7 5.8 2.3 2.4 .350 .211 .579
G 15 Ray Gallegos 6-2 182 Sr. 28.1 8.4 1.6 1.6 .412 .397 .667
Key Reserves:
G 1 Deverell Biggs 6-0 175 Jr. 20.0 9.9 3.4 1.4 .417 .333 .704
F 21 Leslee Smith 6-8 255 Jr. 19.6 7.9 6.3 0.4 .615 .000 .721
G 3 Benny Parker 5-9 166 So. 12.4 1.6 0.7 0.9 .400 .000 .714

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