Mar 10, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard D.J. Richardson (1) reacts after losing the ball to Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won the game 68-55. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Big Ten Tournament: Ohio State vs. Nebraska

Ohio State will begin its Big Ten tournament run on Friday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers who advanced by defeating the Purdue Boilermakers. The Cornhuskers eliminated the Boilermakers, 57-55.

This will be the third meeting between the two schools this season. Ohio State won both of the prior contests. On January 2nd, Ohio State defeated Nebraska 70-44 at home. In Lincoln, the Buckeyes beat the Cornhuskers, 63-56.

Nebraska enters this game with a 15-17 record and finished 5-13 in conference play. The Cornhuskers struggle to get the ball in the basket. They only score an average of 58.5 points per game. This total is 333rd out of 347 teams that play Division I basketball.

Fortunately for Nebraska, they are a little better on defense. They allow 63.5 points per game, which is tied for 98th in the country.

The Cornhuskers are led by Senior Guard Dylan Talley who scores 13.9 points per game, grabs 4.8 rebounds and dishes out 2.5 assists.

Ohio State is currently on a five game winning streak. They have expectations of playing on Sunday. Nebraska’s only chance is to survive and advance. Great efforts should be expected from both teams. However, Ohio State’s talent and execution should prevail as the game enters halftime and as the second half drags on.

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