Ohio St. Buckeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Ohio State Buckeyes look bounce back from their first Big Ten loss while the Nebraska Cornhuskers look for their first conference win as they meet in Columbus on Tuesday. The Buckeyes are -23.5 point favorites over the Cornhuskers with an over/under point total set at 127.5.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been ranked in the top 10 all season long and deservedly so, but Thad Motta’s team is looking to rebound from their second loss of the year as they fell to Indiana on Saturday. The Buckeyes have plenty of talent and in a game where early season losses are able to be overcome OSU can afford to call it a lesson learned for their talented and high powered roster. Jared Sullinger is averaging 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds, William Buford is averaging 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, Deshaun Thomas is averaging 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds, and Aaron Craft is averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 assists. As a team Ohio State is averaging 78.6 points and they are shooting 49.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.4 points and their opponents shoot 40.1 percent as the Bucks hold them to just 8.9 assists and they are 12th in the nation in defensive rebounding. It’s a long haul in the Big Ten and every team will be tested as to how they bounce back from losses and we will see how Ohio State bounces back this time.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have played two conference games as members of the Big Ten conference and even though they were both at home Doc Sadler’s team is 0-2 in those games thus far. The Huskers don’t figure to be near the top of the Big Ten and no matter how many from the conference qualify for the NCAA Tournament NU doesn’t figure to be a part of it. Bo Spencer is averaging 15.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists, Tony McCray is averaging 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, and Brandon Ubel is averaging 7.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. As a team Nebraska is averaging 63.8 points and they are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.8 points and their opponents shooting 41.9 percent. Nebraska was a longstanding member of the Big 12, also a very good basketball conference so their lack of success has much more to do with their personnel than the switch of conferences.
Ohio State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games against a team with a winning road record, and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with a road record better than .600. Nebraska is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 0-4 against the spread following a loss.
The spread is huge here but look for the Buckeyes to absolutely drill the Huskers as this is a mismatch and at home Ohio State has no issues with firing up the home crowd.
Ohio St. Buckeyes -23.5 Nebraska Cornhuskers