The gap retains getting deeper for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State’s shedding streak has now stretched to 5 straight video games following a 63-60 Wednesday loss on the street at Nebraska, which was the second-to-last-place crew in the Big Ten getting into the night time. The loss comes simply six days after the Buckeyes fell to last-place Minnesota at residence, and Ohio State has now tied its longest skid in the Chris Holtmann period.
Points have been laborious to come by in a gap half that noticed each groups shoot 30% or beneath. After enjoying from behind for many of the interval, the Buckeyes put collectively a fast spurt in the closing minutes of the half to steal a lead earlier than the intermission.
It didn’t stick, although, as frequent Ohio State turnovers and Nebraska’s pronounced benefit in inside scoring helped the Huskers take management late in the second half. The Buckeyes solely trailed by two factors with 10 seconds left, and nonetheless had an opportunity to ship the recreation to time beyond regulation with a closing shot.
With Brice Sensabaugh having already fouled out, Sean McNeil’s game-tying try rimmed out at the buzzer.
The offensive struggles that plagued the Buckeyes in the previous few video games adopted them into this one. Ohio State hit simply certainly one of its first 11 pictures from the ground, though the Huskers solely hit two of their opening 10 on the different finish.
But Nebraska had the edge early, holding a lead from 18:06 to 1:47 as the Buckeyes continued to wrestle. Sensabaugh and Justice Sueing mixed to miss their first 11 pictures from the ground whereas the Huskers managed to be barely extra environment friendly on offense.
|20-56 (35.7%)||FGM-FGA (PCT.)||23-56 (41.1%)|
|5-17 (29.4%)||3PM-3PA (PCT.)||6-21 (28.6%)|
|15-23 (83.3%)||FTM-FTA (PCT.)||11-17 (74.1%)|
Despite Ohio State’s offensive ineptitude, Nebraska’s personal struggles left the door open for the Buckeyes to take a one-point lead on the again of a 7-0 run with lower than two minutes to go in the half. The Buckeyes held that 22-21 benefit as the buzzer sounded, heading into the locker room with a lead regardless of trailing for 16:20 of the interval.
Ohio State shot simply 26.7% from the subject and 14.3% from the 3-point line, however seven Nebraska turnovers and a 3:12 scoring drought to finish the half helped the Buckeyes get again out in entrance. The Huskers hit simply 30% of their first-half pictures and missed three of their 4 free-throw makes an attempt.
Ohio State scored 10 of the first 16 factors of the second half to earn some respiration room with a five-point lead at the 16:10 mark. But the Huskers responded with back-to-back 3-pointers in the following 58 seconds to retake the lead into the under-16-minute media timeout.
Zed Key scored 5 straight factors from 14:22 to 12:45 to take Ohio State from down three to up two, and the Buckeyes had one other likelihood to take a two-possession lead after Husker head coach Fred Hoiberg was whistled for a technical foul. But McNeil, who hadn’t missed a free throw all season getting into the recreation, missed each makes an attempt.
Both groups traded buckets and leads thereafter as either side heated up significantly from their first-half tempo on offense. Sensabaugh scored seven straight factors for Ohio State in a two-minute span to give the Buckeyes a two-point edge at 8:55, however Nebraska had a solution because it fired again with an 8-0 run to take a 55-49 lead. Three Ohio State turnovers in lower than 4 minutes contributed to the Husker spurt.
By the 3:41 mark, Ohio State hadn’t hit a shot in properly over 5 minutes of recreation time as Nebraska held onto a two-possession lead.
The Buckeyes minimize it to a three-point recreation with 2:20 to play, and Ohio State was inside two factors of the Huskers with 1:48 left on the clock. Ohio State nonetheless had an opportunity in the closing 40 seconds as Sensabaugh knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a three-point deficit late.
Ohio State had a closing likelihood to tie the recreation up in the waning moments, however McNeil’s 3-pointer was off the mark.
- After coming off the bench on Sunday, each Brice Sensabaugh and Zed Key returned to the beginning lineup in opposition to Nebraska. Bruce Thornton, Sean McNeil and Justice Sueing have been the different three starters for the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State dropped its lone assembly with the Cornhuskers final season, a 78-70 upset loss at the Schottenstein Center with the Buckeyes holding the No. 23 rating in the AP ballot.
- Before final yr’s loss, Ohio State had received six straight video games in opposition to Nebraska and 10 of the earlier 11 matchups.
- Fred Hoiberg misplaced 4 of his first 5 matchups in opposition to Ohio State since taking up as Nebraska’s head coach in 2019-20.
- Starting Nebraska ahead Juwan Gary (shoulder) didn’t go well with up for the Huskers.