Game 33: vs. Ohio State
Game Date: March 14, 2013
Tipoff Time: 5:30 p.m. (CT)
Venue: United Center
2012-13 Record: 15-17, 5-13 Big Ten
Head coach: Tim Miles
Record at Nebraska: 15-17 (1st year)
Career Record: 298-237 (18th year)
Ohio State Buckeyes
2012-13 Record: 23-7, 13-5 Big Ten
Head coach: Thad Matta
Record at Ohio State: 244-72 (9th year)
Career Record: 346-103 (13th year)
Huskers on TV/Radio/Internet
Television: BTN and BTN2Go
(Ch. 610 on DirecTV; Chs. 439, 9500 on DISH; Chs. 24 and 333-SD, 1333-HD on Time Warner Cable; Chs. 80 SD, 1080-HD on Cox Cable)
Play-by-play: Gus Johnson
Expert Analysis: Shon Morris
Sideline: Stephanie White
Radio: Across the state on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network, including KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington.
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka; Color: Matt Davison
Internet Radio/Stats: Free on Huskers.com
Huskers Take on No. 10 Ohio State
Following a win over Purdue last night, Nebraska looks to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, as the Huskers take on No. 10 Ohio State Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Tip off from the United Center is set for 5:30 p.m. on BTN with Gus Johnson, Shon Morris and Stephanie White on the call. The game will also available on BTN2Go on iOS or android devices.
Friday's game against the Buckeyes will be carried across the state of Nebraska on the 29-station Husker Sports Network, including flagship stations KLIN (1400 AM/94.5 FM) in Lincoln, KFAB (1110 AM) in Omaha and KRVN (880 AM) in Lexington, with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison calling all of the action. The game can be heard for free at Huskers.com and is also available on the Huskers' app on iOS or android devices.
The Huskers, the No. 10 seed, improved to 15-17 with the day's only upset in the Big Ten Tournament, knocking off seventh-seeded Purdue, 57-55, as Shavon Shields (19 points and six rebounds) and Brandon Ubel (16 points, eight rebounds and five assists) combined for 34 of the Huskers' 57 points. Nebraska took over the game in the opening minutes of the second half, using a 9-0 run to build and 11-point lead and held on in the final minutes. Nebraska held the Boilermakers to 40 percent shooting and, including 2-of-12 from 3-point range, to snap a five-game losing streak to the Boilermakers. More impressively, the Huskers won despite getting a combined 14 points from Dylan Talley and Ray Gallegos, a total that was nearly half their average heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
The Huskers (15-17) will now look to reach the semifinals of a conference tournament for the first time since 2006 when they take on the No. 2 seed Ohio State (23-7) this afternoon. The Buckeyes are playing some of their best basketball of the year, bringing a five-game win streak to Chicago, including victories over Michigan State and Indiana.
The Huskers have dropped four straight to Ohio State over the last two seasons, but played well in a 63-56 loss to the Buckeyes in the last meeting on Feb. 2 in Lincoln. NU is 2-8 all-time against Ohio State (0-4 since joining the Big Ten) and have lost seven straight meetings since a win in the 1985 Sun Bowl Classic. With a win, the winner takes on Michigan State or Iowa Saturday afternoon in the second semifinal.
By the Numbers
4.0 - Assists per game for Brandon Ubel over the last three games. He has set season bests in two of the last three games, including matching his career-high of five in Thursday's win over Purdue.
10 - Number of games Nebraska has played against ranked teams this season, including Friday's matchup with the Buckeyes. It ties the 1994-95 team for the most played in a single-season.
7-0 - Nebraska's record in games decided by five points or less this season.
26 - Consecutive free throws by Dylan Talley dating back to Jan. 29. Talley has raised his free throw percentage from 67 percent to 74 percent in the last nine contests.
3 - Number of times Shavon Shields has led NU in scoring this season following Thursday's win over Purdue. Shields averaged 18.5 ppg in two games vs. the Boilermakers.
Last Night's Recap
Shavon Shields and Brandon Ubel combined for 35 points and 14 rebounds, leading Nebraska to its first-ever Big Ten Tournament win with a 57-55 victory over Purdue at the United Center Thursday evening.
Shields scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half to stake Nebraska the lead before Ubel powered the Huskers (15-17) in the second half, scoring 11 second-half points, as Nebraska built an 11-point lead and weathered a Boilermaker comeback down the stretch.
Leading 30-28, Shields ignited a 9-0 Husker run with baskets on Nebraska's first two possessions, as Nebraska built an 11-point lead at 39-28 after a Dylan Talley 3-pointer, marking the senior's first basket of the evening. Purdue cut the lead to one on two occasions, including 56-55 with 12 seconds left, but Ray Galleogs split a pair of foul shots, and Terone Johnson missed two game-tying attempts in the final four seconds to help Nebraska preserve the win.
- Nebraska picked up its first-ever Big Ten Tournament victory and avenged a loss to Purdue in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.
- Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak to Purdue dating back to 1978. Prior to Thursday, Nebraska's last win over Purdue was a 96-85 win on Dec. 5, 1964.
- Tim Miles became the first Husker coach to win a tournament game in his first season at Nebraska.
- Nebraska is now 7-0 in games decided by five points or less this season.
- Shavon Shields had 19 points, matching his second-highest total of his career. Shields had a then-career high 18 points in the first meeting with Purdue in Lincoln on Jan. 16.
- Nebraska had just six turnovers in the win, the sixth time in the last seven games the Huskers committed 10 turnovers or less. In two games with Purdue, Nebraska committed just eight turnovers.
- Brandon Ubel's 16 points is his highest total against a conference foe this season. Ubel had 15 points against Minnesota on March. 6. Ubel also tied a career high with five assists, set twice during the 2011-12 season.
- Nebraska improves to 5-0 this season in games televised by the ESPN family of networks.
What to Watch For
- Nebraska will be looking to earn a conference semifinal berth for the first time since 2006, and just the third time since winning the Big Eight Tournament title in 1994 (1999, 2006). Nebraska is 9-16 all-time in conference quarterfinals dasting back to the old Big Eight Conference Tournament's formation in 1977.
- Nebraska has lost its last 12 games vs. ranked opponents dating back to a win over No. 11 Indiana on Jan. 18, 2011. That was was also the only time BTN's Gus Johnson called a Nebraska basketball game since the Huskers joined the Big Ten Conference.
- The Huskers, who were picked 12th by 23 of 24 Big Ten sportswriters, have won 15 games this year, a three-win improvement over last year. The Huskers returned just one starter and two of their top nine scorers from last year's team.
- Nebraska ranks in the top 10 nationally in fewest turnovers per game at 10.53 per contest, which would break NU's single-season mark for fewest turnovers per game (11.30 in 1984-85). NU has had only 12 turnovers in its last two contests (vs. Purdue and at Iowa)
- Dylan Talley needs 25 points to reach 1,000 points in his three-year Division I career. He spent his freshman season at Binghamton University and one year at Blinn College before coming to Nebraska. He was held to five points - the first time he was held out of double figures since Jan. 29 (10 games ago).
- Ray Gallegos now has 82 three-pointers, which is seven shy of Nebraska's single season record (89 by Cary Cochran in 2001-02). Gallegos has had six or more 3-pointers in a game four times this season with three of those coming away from Lincoln. Last Saturday, he had a career-high seven 3-pointers at Iowa.
- Gallegos averages a team-high 16.3 ppg in 14 games away from Lincoln this season, including 34 percent from 3-pont range.
- In the last matchup with Ohio State, David Rivers led Nebraska in scoring for the first time in his career with 13 points and added six rebounds and Andre Almeida had his Big Ten high with eight rebounds.
- With two assists against Purdue, Benny Parker moved into 10th place on Nebraska's freshman assist chart with 66, matching Erick Strickland (1992-93) and Charles Richardson Jr. (2004-05).
- Nebraska is 8-3 this season when hitting more free throws than its opponents, including 5-1 since the start of Big Ten play. The last time Nebraska and Ohio State played, the Huskers were out-scored 23-4 at the foul line.
- Brandon Ubel has had 15 or more points in two of the Huskers last three games (15 vs. Minn; 16 vs. Purdue) and has reached double figures in every Nebraska win vs. Big Ten foes this year. NU was 0-7 against Big Ten foes when he was held to less than 10 points.
- Ubel will make his 125th career appearance and 89th career start on Friday against Ohio State.