Lincoln, NE - Coming off a tough road loss at the hands of the No. 23 Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Nebraska Cornhuskers look to get back to their winning ways as they host the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday.
HUSKERS NEED MENTAL TOUGHNESS
With only eight players on scholarship eligible to play this season, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles knew from the beginning this would be a rebuilding season. And with so few options to score the ball, and even fewer options off the bench, mental toughness is just as, or even more important for the Huskers as they try to handle a brutal Big Ten schedule.
“I thought they knew what to expect, and we just missed plays,” said Miles. “Were going to have to have a chip on our shoulder if we’re going to be in these games, and I don’t think we operated that way (against Minnesota).”
Having the mentality you can win ball games is important, but going out there and doing it is a whole different thing.
“Honestly, if we think we can win, we can play that way,” said Miles. “There are times where we go out there and we are the aggressor, and there are sometimes that we go out there like Ohio State, and we’re just not prepared.”
FIRST GAME WAS ALL OHIO STATE
The game between the Buckeyes and Huskers is the second time the two teams have matched up in exactly a month. The Buckeyes cruised in their first contest, with a 70-44 win. Miles squad shot just 30 percent from the field, including a 4-of-18 performance from junior Ray Gallegos, and a 4-of-14 outing from senior Dylan Talley.
For the Buckeyes it was Lenzelle Smith Jr and Deshaun Thomas who combined for 39 points. One of the top point guards in the nation, Aaron Craft, was held scoreless, but did dish out eight assists in the 26 point win.
DESHAUN THOMAS IS NO EASY TASK FOR HUSKERS
One of the most dynamic players in the country, Ohio State wing DeShaun Thomas, presents a threat that is almost unguardable. Standing at 6-foot-7, Thomas is not only a force down low, but one of the best shooters for the Buckeyes - giving the Huskers no one way to stop him. When asked if you let Thomas ‘get his’ and stop everyone else, Miles responded.
“Ben (Smith) said that to me, he said, ‘coach do we just let him get his and shut everyone else down?’. I said 'no, we have to go after him.' There geared to run through Thomas, so why would we let them do what they practice?”
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