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Ryan Day bypasses NFL offers; gets promoted to Offensive Coordinator at Ohio State

Ryan Day

2017 saw Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in passing, total offense and points per game

 

Jan. 23, 2018

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Day, the second-year Ohio State quarterbacks coach who also was co-offensive coordinator this past season, has been promoted to offensive coordinator by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Day will continue to coach the Ohio State quarterbacks and work with Kevin Wilson to lead the Ohio State offense with additional adjustments to his responsibilities forthcoming.

“Ryan is clearly a very talented coach who has been an outstanding addition to our program,” Meyer said. “He has been approached by other schools numerous times this off-season for coordinator and head coach opportunities, and by the National Football League for a coordinator opportunity. I am pleased that he has elected to continue to work on this staff and to lead, mentor and coach the terrific young men we have in this program.”

In Day’s first year on staff last year working alongside Kevin Wilson, the two helped the Ohio State offense lead the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (243.2), passing yards (262.8), total offense (506.0) and scoring (41.1). Ohio State’s offense set school single season records for passes attempted (440) and completed (287), and had the second-highest totals for passing yards with 3,679 and touchdown passes with 39.

Additionally, the Buckeyes were seventh nationally in total offense in 2017, 17th in rushing and sixth in scoring.

“Ohio State is an outstanding place to be a coach, and Columbus is a great city for a young family,” Day said. “I really enjoyed my first season with this program and I’m looking forward to the 2018 season and the opportunity to coach a very talented and hungry group of players.”

Day recently completed his 16th season in coaching, a tenure that includes two seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively. He and his wife, Christina, are the parents of three children; a son, Ryan, Jr., and two daughters: Grace and Ourania.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS



Ohio State Football adds former Mount Union standout Alex Grinch to football coaching staff

Alex Grinch (courtesy Washington State)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Grinch, defensive coordinator and secondary coach the past three years at Washington State University and a Broyles Award semifinalist this season, has joined the Ohio State football coaching staff. His specific responsibilities will be announced at a later date.

Grinch, who is from Grove City, Ohio, and who is a 2002 graduate of Mount Union, is considered one of the most respected up-and-coming young defensive coaches in college football after turning around a Washington State defense in his three years on staff.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Alex Grinch to our coaching staff,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “I am very impressed with his body of work while at Washington State, as many others were, and am happy he chose to come home to Ohio to become a part of our Buckeye coaching staff.”

Grinch, who is 37 and is married to the former Rebecca Blaser, of Alliance, Ohio, turned a Washington State defense that was ranked 97th nationally prior to his arrival into a unit ranked 16th nationally this past season. His 2017 unit, known as the “Speed D,” was seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense, ninth with 28 turnovers forced and it allowed just 11 touchdown passes, fifth-fewest nationally. It also had 103 tackles for loss, the second highest total in Cougar history.

Grinch’s Washington State defensive units improved on scoring defense for three consecutive years and, after having just eight turnovers forced the year before he arrived, followed that up with 24, 23 and 28 the past three seasons.

A full-time collegiate coach for 13 seasons, and for 15 seasons when counting two years as a defensive graduate assistant at Missouri, Grinch has coached the secondary at all four of his previous coaching assignments: Missouri (from 2012-14), Wyoming (2009-11) and New Hampshire (2005-08), in addition to at Washington State.

Grinch, who has been nominated for the Broyles Award as national assistant coach of the year three times, is a winner. Starting with a 54-1 record with three national championships as a player at Mount Union (1998-2001) and including records of 37-14 at New Hampshire, 28-12 at Missouri and 26-13 at Washington State, teams he has been associated with are a combined 176-69.

Grinch is among a trio of Mount Union teammates/classmates making waves in the college football coaching profession. Matt Campbell is head coach at Iowa State and Jason Candle is the head coach at Toledo. Campbell is 46-29 in six seasons as a head coach while Candle is 21-7 through two seasons.

Grinch and his wife are the parents of two children: a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Corbi.

 

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OSU’s Barrett awarded Pat Tillman Award at 2018 East-West Shrine Game

J.T. Barrett FTB

Jan. 19, 2018

 

Each year, the East-West Shrine Game presents the Pat Tillman Award to recognize the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship, and service. The award celebrates a student athlete’s achievements and conduct on and off the football field. The 2018 recipient is Ohio State quarterback, J.T. Barrett.

A Texas native, Barrett capped an outstanding four-year career with the Buckeyes by leading the team to its second Big Ten title in his four years as a starting quarterback in 2017 and to a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic victory over USC. The only three-time captain in school history, Barrett started 44 games in his Ohio State career and set the school record with 38 victories, set a total of 39 Ohio State (34) or Big Ten Conference (five) records, including some of the most prestigious for a quarterback. He was responsible for 147 passing and rushing touchdowns to rank fourth in NCAA history in that category, and was a Top 10 vote-getter in the Heisman Trophy race twice, including finishing fifth in 2014.

Barrett started his Shrine Game experience with a visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Tampa where he played with patients on the basketball court, pushing them on swings, taking photos and signing autographs. He spent the week practicing with his teammates under East head coach Jonathan Hayes, tight ends coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It is an honor to receive this award that holds Pat Tillman’s name,” said Barrett. “The people that he impacted during his career and the sacrifice he made says a lot about the kind of man he was.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Only meeting of season between Buckeyes and Nittany Lions happens tonight at 8 pm

 

No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5)

 

Date: Jan. 25, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Television: BTN

 

OHIO STATE GAME NOTES

 

• Keita Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year.
• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,033)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (518) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-277)…Bates-Diop is 50th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 20-point effort against Nebraska.
48. Jamie Skelton 1,055
Ken Johnson 1,055
50. Keita Bates-Diop 1,033
51. Bill Andreas 1,023
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (467)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 18 games…Jackson has 17 games this season with 10 or more points, including 16 in the last 19 games…he has 38 assists and 13 turnovers in the last eight games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 17 points vs. Nebraska the last time out (1,371)…he’s averaging 12.6 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 26 all-time in career scoring (1,371). Brian Brown is 25th with 1,384 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Jae’Sean Tate 1,371
27. Brent Darby 1,368
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 228-81 after the win vs. Nebraska. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just seven players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.552) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 39 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8.

 

PENN STATE GAME NOTES

 

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
RECORD: 13-8, 3-5 Big Ten
Coach:Patrick Chambers (Seventh year at Penn State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G – 18.9 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#24 Mike Watkins, RSo. F – 9.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G – 4.8 apg

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
RECORD: 18-4, 9-0 Big Ten
Coach: Chris Holtmann (First year at Ohio State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer
#33 Keita Bates-Diop, RJr., F – 19.7 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#33 Keita Bates-Diop, RJr., F – 8.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#3 C.J. Jackson, Jr., G – 4.4 apg

NITTANY LION LAST GAME STARTERS
# / Name / Pos. / ELG. / Pts / REB / STAT / NOTES
11 / Lamar Stevens / F / So. / 15.6 / 6.5 / 2nd ppg/rpg | PS Scoring leader in January gms at 19.3 ppg
24 / Mike Watkins / F / R-So. / 13.3 / 9.9 / 5-consec dbl-dbls | January avgs: 15.5 pts/13.3 reb, 80 FG% (36-45)
5 / Jamari Wheeler / G / Fr. / 3.1 / 2.5 / 39 steals | “Instant defense;” B1G steals leader
10 / Tony Carr / G / So. / 18.9 / 4.4 / ppg 2nd in B1G | Increased scoring +7.5 ppg from 2016-17 (21 gms)
33 / Shep Garner / G / Sr. / 10.4 / 2.0 / 270 career 3s | No. 11 PS all-time pts list w/1,402 w/22 at NU

OPENING TIP

Redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins is 36-47 from the field in the month of January for an 80% field goal perentage. Those figures have moved him to the top spot for the season in the Big Ten (70.8) and on Penn State’s single season chart.

Watkins’ 70.8 field goal percentage ranks second nationally.

QUICK HITS
• The contest at Columbus will be the Nittany Lions’ first Thursday game of the season.

• Penn State’s current 76.9 points per game average is the highest at this point in the season and a 14.0-point difference from Chambers’ first season in 2011-12.

• The current rebound margin of +3.8 ranks as Penn State’s highest since the 1995-96 season when the Nittany Lions were +6.1.

• Guard Jamari Wheeler leads the Big Ten with 40 steals and has nation’s fifth-highest total among freshmen in the national rankings.

• Shep Garner recorded his Big Ten career best with six 3-pointers at Northwestern and continues to move up on both Penn State’s and the NCAA’s career list for 3-pointers made. To date, the senior guard has 276 total for fourth on the Nittany Lion all-time list and seventh on the NCAA active career list.

SERIES RECORD VS. OHIO STATE
Ohio State has won the last five meetings overall, including a 71-70 decision at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 28, 2017, and the last two games at Value City Arena.

The two programs have played only once in each of the last two seasons.

In 2013-14, Penn State snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Buckeyes and swept the season series for the first time since 1998. The Nittany Lions’ won at home 65-63 (2/27/14) and in overtime in Columbus 71-70 (1/29/14).

Overall series: Ohio State leads 37-15
at Columbus: Ohio State leads 19-5
Big Ten games: Ohio State leads 34-13

 

INFORMATION ON PENN STATE BASKETBALL FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

 

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Cnf. Record Pct. Cnf. Titles Nat. Titles
No coach 1897–1915, 1917–1918 20 131–65–1 .668 0
Burke M. “Dutch” Hermann 1916–1918, 1919–32 15 148–73 .716 0
Hugo Bezdek 1919 1 11–2 .846 0
Earl “The Spike” Leslie 1933–36 4 29–28 .509 0–10 .000 0 0
John Lawther 1937–49 13 150–93 .617 17–13 .567 0 0
Elmer Gross 1949–54 5 80–40 .667 0
John Egli 1954–68 14 187–135 .581 0
Johnny Bach 1968–78 10 122–121 .502 9–11 .450 0 0
Dick Harter 1978–83 5 79–61 .564 13–11 .564 0 0
Bruce Parkhill 1983–95 12 181–169 .517 82–116 .414 1 0
Jerry Dunn 1995–2003 8 117–121 .492 45–87 .341 0 0
Ed DeChellis 2003–2011 8 114–138 .452 41–95 .301 0 0
Pat Chambers 2011–present 6 100-116 .463 32–83 .278 0 0
Totals 1897–present 116 1412–1322–1 .516 222–399 .357 1 0


NBA draft[edit]

Year Name Team
1947 John Rusinko Baltimore Bullets
1953 Herman Sledzik Baltimore Bullets
1955 Jesse Arnelle Fort Wayne Pistons
1965 Bob Weiss Philadelphia 76ers
1966 Carver Clinton Philadelphia 76ers
1974 Ron Brown Boston Celtics
1981 Frank Brickowski New York Knicks
1983 Mike Lang New York Knicks
1984 Dick Mumma Los Angeles Clippers
1999 Calvin Booth Washington Wizards

 

 
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1954
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1954, 1955, 2001
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2011
Conference tournament champions
Atlantic 10: 1991
Conference division season champions
Eastern Collegiate League West: 1977

 

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE AND PENN STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS; PENN STATE PROGRAM HISTORY INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

#13 Basketball Buckeyes start 4-game homestand with Cornhuskers; Ohio State, Nebraska tip at 8 p.m. on BTN

No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-4, 8-0) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-7, 5-3)

 

Date: Jan. 22, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Television: BTN

 

 

 

 

 

• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record an 8-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 8-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 8-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949

 

• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.

 

 

• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,013)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (512) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota the last time out, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-274)…Bates-Diop is 53rd on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota.
50. Bill Andreas 1,023
51. Jason Singleton 1,022
52. Lenzelle Smith Jr. 1,014
53 Keita Bates-Diop 1,013
54. Chris Jent 1,007
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (455)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 17 games after a 3-7 shooting effort from long range last Saturday vs. Minnesota…Jackson has 16 games this season with 10 or more points, including 15 in the last 18 games…he has 34 assists and 12 turnovers in the last seven games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 10 points vs. Minnesota the last time out (1,354)…he’s averaging 12.4 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 27 all-time in career scoring (1,354) after passing No. 28 Marc Loving (1,338) at Northwestern. The late Brent Darby is 26th with 1,368 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Brent Darby 1,368
27. Jae’Sean Tate 1,354
28. Marc Loving 1,338
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 227-81 after the win vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.

 

• Tate is one of just seven players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is third nationally in field goal percentage (.550) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 37 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.9.

 

• Keita Bates-Diop is the first Ohio State player to score 25 or more points in three-consecutive games since Michael Redd did so vs. Penn State at St. John Arena (32, 2/28/98), vs. Indiana (25, 3/5/98) at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and vs. Oakland (29, 11/13/98). The first two games for Redd ended his freshman season while the third was the start of his sophomore campaign and the first game played at Value City Arena. Bates-Diop scored 27 at Iowa Jan. 4, 32 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 and 26 vs. Maryland Jan. 11. Redd scored 86 points over the three games while Bates-Diop totaled 85 points.

 

• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at http://www.go.osu.edu/KBDFamily.

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS GAME NOTES

Nebraska begins its busiest week of the season Monday night, as the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Tipoff at Value City Arena is set for shortly after 7 p.m. (CT) and Monday’s tilt between the Huskers and Buckeyes will be televised nationally on BTN with Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game is also available on BTN.com, BTN2Go and the Fox Sports Go app.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Ben McLaughlin on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) comes into Columbus having won seven of its last nine games following a 72- 52 win over No. 23 Michigan last Thursday. The Huskers held Michigan to 37.5 percent shooting, including just 4-of-18 from 3-point range. James Palmer Jr. had 19 points to pace four Huskers in double figures, as the Huskers shot 55 percent from the field in snapping a 10-game losing streak to Michigan that predated NU’s Big Ten days.

Nebraska’s biggest improvement over the last month has come on the defensive end of the court. Since giving up a season-high 94 points to UTSA on Dec. 20, the Huskers have held their last eight opponents to 38.8 percent shooting, including just 28.8 percent from 3-point range. NU has held its last seven foes to under 45 percent shooting, including three straight under 40 percent.

The Huskers will face one of the biggest surprises in college basketball, as Ohio State is ranked 22nd in both polls and sporting a 17-4 record following a 67-49 win over Minnesota on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. First-year coach Chris Holtmann has guided OSU to 12 wins in their last 13 games dating back to the start of December. The Buckeyes feature one of the frontrunners for Big Ten player of the year in junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

While OSU has won 10 of the 12 meetings, the last two meetings were both decided by one point, as the teams won on each other’s homecourt in 2016-17.

NUMBERS TO KNOW 1.25 – Nebraska’s assist-to-turnover ratio which is on pace to be NU’s best in more than 20 years. In fact, the last time Nebraska had more assists than turnovers was in 2009-10. Nebraska has had 10 or fewer turnovers in each of its last three games. No. Year Asst.-to-TO ratio 1. 2017-18 1.25 2. 2001-02 1.24 3. 2008-09 1.15 4. 2009-10 1.13

122 – Nebraska’s 122 blocked shots is the most blocked shots in a season since 2005-06 and is just eight shy of 10th place on NU’s single-season charts (130, 2005-06). Last season, NU blocked 116 shots in 31 games.

70 – Nebraska is 13-2 when scoring 70 or more points and 2-5 when held to under 70 points. Nebraska’s only two losses when scoring 70+ points was a one-point loss to Kansas and a two-point OT loss at Penn State.

SERIES HISTORY VS. OHIO STATE Ohio State leads the all-time series, 14-4, in a series that dates back to 1936. The Buckeyes are 10-2 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with Nebraska’s wins coming in 2014 (Lincoln) and 2017 (Columbus). The last three meetings have been decided by a total of five points, including a pair of one-point decisions in 2016-17. The Huskers’ are looking for their second straight win against the Buckeyes after a 58-57 win last season.

LAST MEETING VS. OHIO STATE Glynn Watson’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining capped a frantic rally that saw Nebraska score the final six points and pull out a 58-57 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 18, 2017. The Huskers trailed 57-52 with 30.6 seconds left after a Marc Loving 3-pointer, but made the plays in the final seconds to earn the program’s first-ever road win in Columbus. Jack McVeigh, who came off the bench and had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to pull NU within 57-55 and the Huskers used their last timeout. On the ensuing inbounds play, Nick Fuller and Tai Webster tied up Kam Williams with 21.2 seconds left, giving the Huskers one final chance to win. The Buckeyes, who had four fouls to give before putting the Huskers in the bonus, fouled Watson twice to kill some time. On the Huskers’ third attempt, Watson got through the Buckeye defense, drew contact and connected off glass to tie the score. Watson than completed the 3-point play to give the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes. Watson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, as four Huskers finished in double figures in NU’s second doubledigit road comeback this season. Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 points, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and six boards before fouling out.

LAST TIME OUT James Palmer Jr. led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska turned in its best defensive effort of the season in posting a 72-52 win over No. 23 Michigan Thursday night in front of a crowd of 15,794 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Palmer had a game-high 19 points, while Isaiah Roby added a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Huskers to their first win over Michigan since 1964. Prior to tonight, the Huskers were winless in eight tries against the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Isaac Copeland and Anton Gill added 13 and 10 points respectively, as Nebraska shot 55 percent from the field in its best shooting performance since late November.

While Nebraska enjoyed a balanced attack, it was its defense that shined in breaking a 10-game losing streak to Michigan. The Huskers (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) held the Wolverines (16-5, 5-3) to season lows in points (52), 3-pointers made (four) and 3-point percentage (22.2 percent) on just 37.5 percent shooting.

NU was also able to force 11 turnovers, including nine steals, against a Wolverine team that led the Big Ten in turnovers.

POSTGAME NOTES

The 20-point win over No. 23 Michigan was Nebraska’s largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent since a 28-point win over No. 25 Texas Tech on Feb. 24, 2004 (72-44).

 The 20-point win also marked the second double-figure win by NU over a ranked opponent this season.

 The win was Nebraska’s first victory over Michigan since the Huskers’ upset the No. 1-ranked Wolverines 74-73 on Dec. 12, 1964. Nebraska snapped a 10-game losing streak to Michigan and defeated the Wolverines for the first time in nine tries in Big Ten Conference play.

 Nebraska improved to 11-1 this season at Pinnacle Bank Arena, posting its highest win total at home since the 2013- 14 season.

 Isaiah Roby had a career high 14 points and finished with three assists, one shy of his career high. He topped his previous career high of 12 points, set six days ago at Penn State.

 Nebraska shot 55.3 percent from the field, its thirdhighest mark of the season.

 Michigan’s 20-point loss at Nebraska is its largest defeat since Dec. 8, 2015 at No. 19 SMU (82-58)

 

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