Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-5, -2) at Ohio Condition Buckeyes (seven-2, 2-one)

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

Price Metropolis Arena

Television set: BTN

Radio: Husker Sports Community

Internet: FOX Sports App

one. Discover a way to complete

Nebraska has uncovered a number of strategies to get rid of this period, but the one particular widespread theme has been the Huskers’ inability to shut games out when the activity is on the line.

For the first 20-30 minutes, NU has shown it could perform with any person on its plan so far. But irrespective of whether it be extended scoring droughts, a rash of turnovers, or defensive lapses, Nebraska has been its possess most important hurdle through the first nine contests.

The most effective way for the Huskers to address this problem is to find a way to put alongside one another a whole 40 minutes – or at minimum shut to it – and complete off a activity when the force is on down the stretch.

Ohio Condition is seven-2 but has been a mixed bag in opposition to substantial-big levels of competition. Following erasing a 16-issue deficit in a win about Rutgers, the Buckeyes then missed 8 of their last 10 photographs to blow a 7-issue lead with 7 minutes still left in a 71-70 reduction to Northwestern.

The Huskers have verified they can perform with just about any group in the Significant Ten for most of the activity. But right up until they can complete the career when it counts, the benefits so far will only continue.

2. Engage in with efficiency

Ohio Condition won’t have the gaudy offensive quantities or star ability as some groups Nebraska will face this period, but the Buckeyes are a group that rarely beat by themselves.

Rating eighth nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency (details per a hundred possessions) at 114. and ninth in turnover proportion at, OSU performs about as cleanse with the basketball as it receives.

The Huskers, on the other hand, do not. They rank 149th in offensive efficiency (a hundred and one.six), 231st in productive field aim proportion (forty seven.2), and no much better than 206th in two-issue, three-issue, and no cost-toss proportion.

Ohio Condition is basically seem and will make the most out of its alternatives with the ball. Nebraska has had to check out and beat groups through a substantial quantity of photographs.

Efficiency will be imperative tonight for NU.

three. Get to the line, make your no cost throws

One relatively uncomplicated way Nebraska could give by itself a much better possibility in Significant Ten perform is by using edge of the “no cost” details at the charity stripe.

That, nonetheless, has verified far much more challenging for the Huskers than it ought to be.

Taking pictures just 64.4 p.c as a group, NU ranks 274th nationally in no cost-toss proportion this period. What is actually even worse, that has occur off of 208 tries, an regular of 23 per activity.

With 134 will make this yr, Nebraska has missed an regular of 8.2 no cost throws per activity.

This is a different space in which, conversely, Ohio Condition has thrived. The Buckeyes rank thirty first nationally with a group no cost-toss proportion of seventy and thirty ninth with a no cost-toss price (FT tries divided by FG tries).

Nebraska can’t find the money for to retain leaving details on the flooring as it has at the line, but that’s primarily legitimate in a activity like this where no cost throws could conveniently be the distinction amongst a win and a reduction.

Ohio Condition 74, Nebraska 66

Robin’s period history: seven-2

vs. the unfold: seven-2