Ohio State and Nebraska will meet for the only time this season tonight. Both enter to this meeting riding their own losing streaks. The college hoops oddsmakers have the OSU men’s basketball team as 14-point favorites over Nebraska.
The formerly ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are coming home after suffering back-to-back losses on the road against a couple of Michigan teams while the Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost five straight contests, including a humiliating 74-46 home loss to Iowa after which the team was banned from their own locker room.
Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles has took an extreme step by banning his own squad from their own locker room and lounge and won’t allow his players to speak to the media due to the run of piss-poor play include an ulcer-inducing four double-digit losses.
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) February 26, 2015
“Something’s got to give,” Miles told reporters. “If they aren’t in their normal environment, maybe they’ll have time to think about what’s really important to them – and how important Nebraska basketball is and your opportunity to play and the privilege to play.”
Taking A Closer Look At The Nebraska Vs Ohio State Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Info
Nebraska’s Projected Starting Lineup: Leslee Smith (F), Shavon Shields (F), Nick Fuller (F), Terran Petteway (G), Tarin Smith (G).
Ohio State’s Projected Starting Lineup: Amir Williams (C), Sam Thompson (F), Jae’Sean Tate (F), D’Angelo Russell (G), Shannon Scott (G).
Matchup: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Feb. 26, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Value City Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Nebraska Vs Ohio State
Point Spread: Ohio State Buckeyes -14
The Buckeyes lost their last two against Michigan State and Michigan. The 64-57 loss against the Wolverines was their sixth of this season against a fellow Big Ten opponent, putting a dent in their Big Ten title hopes.
The Cornhuskers latest loss was an embarrassing 74-46 defeat against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
"You never want to throw your players under the bus, but that was just beyond disappointing. That’s not what we represent," said Nebraska coach Tim Miles, whose players were not made available for interviews. "I honestly didn’t expect this."
Historically, Nebraska is 1-7 straight up against Ohio State and 3-5 against the spread. The Cornhuskers, however, have covered the spread in the last two meetings in row in this series. Also, three of the last four games have gone OVER the game total.
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The Cornhuskers are averaging 61.7 points per game, 307th and allow 62.0, 72nd rank. They are 265th in rebounds, 321st in assists and junior forward Terran Petteway average 18.2 points per game.
The Buckeyes are 20th in the nation in points scored per game with 77.2 PPG while their defense ranked 56th, allowing 61.2 PPG.
Nebraska is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog of 7.0-12.5 points, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Ohio State is 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games, but 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 13.0 or greater.