March 14, 2014

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No. 5 Ohio State (25-8) 71, No. 4 Nebraska (19-12) 67
2014 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal
March 14, 2014
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,596 (sellout)

Ohio State advances to the Big Ten Tournament semifinal against No. 1-seed Michigan. Tip time is 1:40 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS.


  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Nebraska 11-3. The Buckeyes are 2-1 in neutral court games vs. the Cornhuskers. 
  • Ohio State has conquered 10 of the last 11 games in the series.
  • OSU owns an overall record of 766-680 against current Big Ten members. 
  • The Buckeyes outscored Nebraska 41-19 over the final 13:45 to overcome an 18-point deficit. 


  • Ohio State came back from 18 points down to win vs. Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament – it is the largest deficit overcome in Big Ten Tournament history. 
  • Ohio State is 24-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes own the best winning percentage (72.7 percent) among conference teams in the tournament.
  • The Buckeyes have won 20 of their last 24 conference tournament games.
  • OSU is 4-2 as the No. 5 seed at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are 6-7 as the lower seed in the tournament. 


  • Two players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: LaQuinton Ross (26) and Amedeo Della Valle (12). 
  • The 18-point comeback win vs. Nebraska was largest since OSU overcame a 49-29 deficit vs. Tennessee (03/22/07; W, 85-84) in the NCAA Sweet 16. 
  • The Buckeyes have held opponents to under 50 percent shooting 31 times this season (Nebraska: 37.3 percent, 22-59).
  • Ohio State has held 22 of the last 27 Big Ten opponents under 70 points dating back to Feb. 10, 2013.
  • Nebraska shot 31.6 percent from 3-point range (6-19). Ohio State entered the game as one of the nation’s top teams in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.6 percent).
  • Ohio State held statistical advantages in rebounding (43-34), points in the paint (36-14), second-chance points (16-6), fast-break points 10-5 and bench points (21-12). 
  • The Buckeyes secured 11 points off 11 Nebraska turnovers.
  • As an AP ranked team, No. 24 Ohio State is 477-132 all-time, including a mark of 7-1 against Nebraska.

Thad Matta

  • Matta is 275-81 during his career at Ohio State and 376-112 overall as a head coach. 
  • In 14 seasons as a head coach, Matta owns an overall record of 145-60 vs. Big Ten members, including a mark of 142-58 while coaching the Buckeyes. 
  • Matta is 21-5 in Big Ten Tournament play, the most wins and best winning percentage (80.8 percent) of any conference coach in tournament history.
  • Matta is 7-1 all-time against Nebraska.
  • At the helm of the Ohio State program, Matta is 56-14 in the month of March, an 80 winning percentage, fifth-best among active Division I coaches over the last 10 years. He is 58-15 (79.5 percent) in games played in March and April, the fourth-best win percentage for the two-month period among active coaches over the last 10 years.

LaQuinton Ross

  • Posted his sixth career double-double with a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds.
  • He has reached double figures in 15 of his last 17 games.
  • With 13 rebounds collected in the matchup, Ross reached 400 for his Buckeye career (412). 

Aaron Craft

  • Grabbed one steal. He is the all-time career steals leader in Big Ten history with 332. He is 15th on the all-time NCAA career steals list.
  • Scored six points vs. Nebraska. He has 1,289 points for his career, passing Clark Kellogg (1,285) for 29th on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 25 points to pass Jamar Butler (1,313) for the 28th spot. 
  • Dished six assists. He is Ohio State’s all-time assists leader with 684 for his career and is ranked sixth on the all-time Big Ten list.  He needs seven assists to pass Bruce Parkinson of Purdue (690) for fifth all-time.

Amedeo Della Valle

  • Collected five rebounds, tying a career high. 
  • Was strong defensively vs. Nebraska, posting a career-high two steals and another career-best three blocks. 

Amir Williams

  • Earned two blocks for the game. Williams has 133 rejections for his career. He passed Lawrence Funderburke (131) for seventh on the OSU career blocks chart. He needs four to overtake Granville Waiters (136) for sixth all-time. 
  • Played in his 99th game for the Scarlet and Gray.