When asked if this was a good time to play No. 21 Ohio State(12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) as the Buckeyes had lost four in a row, Nebraska(7-10, 2-4 Big Ten) coach Fred Hoiberg responded simply on Monday:
Hoiberg was right, as Ohio State took out their recent frustrations on the Huskers Tuesday evening.
Nebraska got out to a decent start with a pair of Dachon Burke Jr. layups, but Andre Wesson made a trio of three-pointers in less than a minute. The Buckeyes would use that momentum to run through the first half, shooting 54-percent from the field and 55-percent from deep and lead 38-25 at the break.
The Huskers shot just 31-percent from the field and 11-percent from beyond the arc. Jervay Green, who did not play in the last two games as a coaching decision for a different rotation, had Nebraska’s only three-point make in nine team attempts. Big Red missed 10 layups/dunks in the first 20 minutes.
Nebraska began the second half with a pair of threes form Thorir Thorbjarnarson and another from Haanif Cheatham but only closed the gap by one at the first media timeout as Ohio State continued to go shot for shot while making four of their first five from the field.
A four minute scoring drought for Nebraska while Ohio State scored 12 ballooned the difference to it’s largest of the game at 25 with the Buckeyes up 68-43. Nebraska would use a late 18-7 run to make things respectable, but Ohio State cruised to the 80-68 home win.
Nebraska shot 42-percent from the floor and 40-percent from deep for the game, but most of that was in the second half where Big Red shot 54- and 61-percent, making eight three-pointers.
Ohio State finished the game shooting 54-percent on field goals and making 10-of-22 three-pointers.
Thorbjarnarson led the Huskers with 15 points, making 5-of-8 three-pointers. Mack, Green, and Yvan Ouedraogo each scored 10 points while Burke and Cheatham each scored nine.
Nebraska returns home hosting Inidana(13-3, 3-2) January 18. The Hoosiers won the December meeting in Bloomington 96-90 in overtime.