Nebraska scored the first basket of the game and as it turned out, it was the Huskers only lead. Ohio State (19-9, 9-8 Big Ten,) on the strength of three early 3-pointers by Duane Washington, quickly seized control and never let up, blowing away Nebraska 75-54. Washington scored all 14 of his points in the first half, with point guard C.J. Walker adding 15 and Kaleb Wesson 16 in what was a balanced Buckeye attack. Wesson also had a career high 18 rebounds in the victory which lifted Ohio State's Big Ten record above .500 for the first time since the Buckeyes beat Penn State on December 7 in the conference opener. Ohio State played without starting forward Kyle Young who suffered a high ankle sprain last Sunday in the Buckeyes win over Maryland. Freshmen reserve Alonzo Gaffney was also unavailable due to illness. Coach Chris Holtmann used mostly a six man rotation, with all six contributing at least eight points. Forward Andre Wesson and guard Luther Muhammed both finished with 9, while forward E.J. Liddell, getting extended minutes in Young's absence, scored 8 with 5 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
The Buckeyes now gear up for a showdown Sunday afternoon against Michigan. The Wolverines and Buckeyes are both 9-8 in the Big Ten. Michigan had a five game win streak snapped Thursday, with a 81-74 home loss to Wisconsin. Sunday's game in the Schottenstein Center (4 PM, CBS) is sold out.
If you missed the Buckeye win over the Huskers, you can check out the highlights below.