Ohio State has a lot to stay up for heading into the brand new yr.
Justin Ahrens got here off the bench to attain 18 factors and freshman Zed Key added 14 factors on 5-for-5 capturing because the No. 25 Buckeyes used balanced scoring to beat Nebraska 90-54 on Wednesday evening.
Duane Washington Jr. added 13 factors, Justice Sueing 12 and Seth Cities 11 as Ohio State (8-2, 2-2 Large Ten) received factors from 10 gamers and received for the third time in 4 video games.
“Tonight was a novel Large Ten recreation; you don’t have many which might be like that,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann stated. “It was a extremely strong efficiency. We had been capable of defend them with nice function. Our ball motion was distinctive. That’s what we now have to proceed to be.
“If we had been enjoying them once more tomorrow, the sport may look a lot totally different. … We performed very well.”
Key to Ohio State’s success was its outdoors capturing. Ahrens went 6 of 9 from lengthy vary and the Buckeyes had been helped by 12-for-32 capturing from past the arc.
“I felt actually good,” Ahrens stated. “My teammates did an incredible job of simply discovering me. As soon as I see one or two undergo, I get a sense. I really feel like I gotta shoot it if I am open.
“As soon as I see one or two undergo, I’m going to maintain capturing till I miss.”
The Cornhuskers (4-6, 0-3) misplaced their third straight recreation and had been slowed by 28.3% capturing from the sector. Nebraska has misplaced 12 video games in opposition to ranked opponents.
Ohio State put the sport out of attain with a 12-2 run at the beginning of the second half. The Buckeyes additionally scored 21 factors off turnovers.
Nebraska was led by Teddy Allen’s 13 factors. Allen picked up his fourth foul with greater than 16 minutes left within the recreation and sat for greater than 10 minutes. He’s the Huskers’ main scorer, averaging 18.2 factors.
“I assumed we missed some actually good pictures within the first 10 minutes and that sort of set the tone for the sport,” Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg stated. “Because it wore on, it affected us on the opposite finish after which they overwhelmed us with their physicality. It’s what that staff does.”
A deep and balanced Ohio State staff used contributions from practically each participant to run away from overmatched Nebraska. Maintaining its outdoors capturing might be key to the Buckeyes’ continued Large Ten success.
BIG TEN BLUES
Nebraska has not received a Large Ten recreation since Jan. 7, when it topped Iowa.
TRIPLE THE FUN
Ahrens tried his first 2-point basket of the season within the first half. By Ohio State’s first 9 video games, Ahrens had solely beforehand shot from past the arc.
Ohio State visits Minnesota on Sunday.
Nebraska hosts Michigan State on Saturday.