NCAAB Game Recap - Nebraska at Ohio State
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:30 PM EST

Duke
72
Clem
79
F
Kansas
66
Okla
52
F
SDSU
64
Fres
55
F
Lou
73
Pitt
68
F(OT)
TCU
49
WVU
81
F
VACom
65
Dayt
79
F
DeP
75
Vill
79
F(OT)
MD
54
Wisc
56
F
Nebras
68
OhSt
80
F
TxTch
77
KansSt
63
F
Rich
70
David
64
F
LSU
89
TexAM
85
F(OT)
BGSU
85
W MI
82
F
CenMI
74
Toled
67
F
Kent
74
MiaO
77
F
Miss
55
Fla
71
F
Ball
69
E MI
52
F
Ohio
73
Buff
76
F
UCF
74
Tul
55
F
Iowa
75
NW
62
F
Akr
72
NIU
49
F
Mizzu
45
MisSt
72
F
VaTec
80
Wake
70
F
Wyo
67
Nev
68
F

Jan 14, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Nebraska (7-10)

25

43

68

(21) Ohio State (12-5)

38

42

80

No. 21 Buckeyes beat Nebraska, snap 4-game losing streak
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:44 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann came into his post-game news conference ready to talk about some good stuff for a change.

"It's been awhile since I sat in front of you in a good mood," Holtmann told the assembled media after No. 21 Ohio State snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Nebraska on Tuesday night. "It seems like forever."

Actually, it was two weeks, since Dec. 21 when they Buckeyes beat Kentucky. They were 11-1 after that and rose to No. 2 in the AP Top 25 before the losing streak started after the Christmas break. That means 80-68 win over Nebraska was Ohio State's first win of 2020.

The Buckeyes seemed to find their way on the floor again, shooting 54.5% for the game after hitting a dismal 34% combined in the four losses.

The difference?

"Confidence," said guard C.J. Walker, who led Ohio State with 18 points. "Once we saw the ball fall in the first half, it just went from there. That's kind of all we needed to see. We've been playing defense really well, we just haven't been making shots."

Walker and freshman guard D.J. Carton both logged more than 37 minutes each because of the suspension of guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. Carton had 13 points to go along with five assists, and stalwart big man Kaleb Wesson added 13 points and 14 rebounds.

The Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) took charge early and rolled over the Cornhuskers, whose transfer-heavy lineup is still learning to play together. Ohio State led by as 25 in the second half.

Thorir Thorbjarnarson paced Nebraska (7-10, 2-4) with 15 points and three players had 10. The Huskers shot 42.4% in losing their second in a row.

"They were a confident team tonight," first-year Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said of Ohio State. "You know, you go through stretches where you don't shoot the ball as well as you'd like. But when this team knocks down shots, they're going to be tough to beat."

FINALLY SOME BASKETS

Ohio State had failed to score 60 points in the string of four losses. On Tuesday, it reached that number during a 12-0 run before the mid-way point of the second half.

TURNING POINT

Ohio State started the game 0 for 5. Then Andre Wesson hit three straight 3-pointers and the Buckeyes took off from there.

"It gave us a big jolt of confidence," Holtmann said.

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: The Huskers hoped to come to Columbus and catch Ohio State at the bottom of a slump, but it wasn't going to happen. They shot better in the second half but couldn't keep up with the more polished Buckeyes.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes were reeling and needed a feel-good game like this, even if it was against an over-matched opponent. They seemed to get their shooting eye back after struggling mightily getting the ball in the basket in the past two weeks. Fun fact: Last January's five-game losing streak also ended with a loss to Nebraska.

"I just think there's so much basketball left, and it's not the end of the ups and downs," Holtmann said. "We've had some better practices here as of late. I'm just anxious to see how that continues, and I'm anxious to see collectively what our approach and attitude is consistently. I think when we see that consistently and feel good about that, then I'll live with results."

ABOUT THOSE SUSPENSIONS

Ohio State announced shortly before the game that Muhammad and Washington would be suspended. It's not clear what they did or if they will sit out for more games. Holtmann said it's "day to day."

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Ohio State: At Penn State on Saturday.

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Leaders

Nebraska PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Arop 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Kavas 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Hummer 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Gaffney 0 0 0 0 0 1

Team Comparison

Nebras OhSt
Points For 68 80
Field Goals 28/66-42% 30/55-55%
Three Pointers 9/22-41% 10/22-45%
Free Throws 3/5-60% 10/15-67%
Offensive Rebounds 12 8
Defensive Rebounds 20 27
Rebounds 38 36
Blocks 3 9
Steals 2 2
Turnovers 9 12
Personal Fouls 15 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OhSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 14 Nebras 68 @ OhSt 80 K. Cross 5 J. Ahrens 5

Game Information

Stadium: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,954
Game Time: