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Nebraska upsets No. 17 Ohio State in front of rowdy home crowd

Jan 20, 2014, 9:33 PM EDT

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No. 17 Ohio State lost its fourth consecutive game on Monday night as the Buckeyes fell on the road to Nebraska, 68-62.

The Cornhuskers hadn’t beaten Ohio State since 1985, and in front of a packed home crowd, they held off the Buckeyes by limiting turnovers and playing very good defense.

Although Nebraska had 17 turnovers, they held off on major turnovers in the first half — and down the stretch — and held Ohio State to 39 percent shooting from the field and 28 percent shooting from the three-point line.

Tim Miles’ decision to go with a small lineup to help matchup with Ohio State was another crucial decision. The Cornhuskers were able to defend Ohio State by going small, while also being quicker on the offensive end with more ball handlers.

Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway both led Nebraska with 18 points while Deverell Biggs added 11 points.

It didn’t help that the Buckeyes couldn’t find a go-to scorer. Aaron Craft led the Ohio State with 12 points as LaQuinton Ross (11 points) and Lenzelle Smith (10 points) both struggled hit shots from the field.

Ohio State has lost four straight games — three of which were on the road — and are clearly in a freefall as Big Ten play is underway. The Buckeyes are now 2-4 in the Big Ten and it won’t get much easier from here. Can Ohio State find a reliable scoring threat?

  1. huskerguy - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Whew!!!! That was fun to watch! After losing by 31 a couple weeks ago I was sure Miles would have this team playing better but I didn’t expect a win. GBR!!!

    • huskerfan31900 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Love husker football.. but for basketball i am a hardnose Creighton Bluejays fan… how did everyone not see us blowout #4th ranked Villinova team… Big East record 27 3-pointers… but great game by the huskers beating Ohio State

  2. huskerguy - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Love Creighton too! Great night for Nebraska hoops.

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