Three Things: Nebraska

By Chris Lauderback on March 14, 2014 at 6:21p
Sideshow Bob poured in 11 of his 12 points during Ohio State's furious comeback

In improbable fashion, Ohio State advanced to their sixth straight B1G tournament semifinal with a 71-67 victory over Nebraska. The win sets up a second crack at the Michigan Wolverines tomorrow at 1:40 p.m. on CBS. 

LaQuinton Ross was the lead story with a career-high 26 points, 13 rebounds and another technical foul but I'll have more on him in the morning. For now, here are three other things of note from one of the more bi-polar performances during Thad Matta's run in Columbus. 

the spurt

College basketball is often a game of runs but this was ridiculous. Ohio State jumped out a quick 11-3 lead and held serve, still leading by eight at 20-12 with 8:50 left in the 1st half before the wheels came off. 

Nebraska answered with a 36-10 run straddling the halves, putting them in front 48-30 with 13:45 to play as the Buckeyes missed 13 of 17 shots with six turnovers and lost their composure, particularly Ross who earned a cheap technical foul following a traveling call and a brief swipe at a defender who unnecessarily reached in to take the ball after the whistle. 

Ross regrouped almost immediately, splashing a triple to stop the epic run and fuel a closing 41-19 outburst from the Buckeyes to produce the final margin. 

Q tallied 16 points during the blitz and Amedeo Della Valle added 11 while the Buckeye D went on lockdown allowing just one field goal over the final 5 minutes and only three over the final 10. 

The Buckeyes even hit their free throws when it counted, dropping 10 of 10 over the final 3:17. 

rock me, amedeo

Della Valle produced a gaudy stat line of 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals against zero turnovers in 21 clutch minutes. 

I've been a non-believer all year - still am frankly - but that was a hell of a performance especially when put in context. ADV stepped up when the Buckeyes needed a boost with those 11 huge points and his three blocks and two steals also occurred in the 2nd half. He also hit four of four free throws in the final :13 to help seal the deal. 

Della Valle's 21 minutes were the most since two days after Christmas when he logged 20, scoring 14 points, in OSU's last non-conference tuneup, a blowout of Louisiana-Monroe. 

Over his previous ten games, totaling 90 (freaking) minutes, Della Valle scored a combined eight points.  

Hat tip, sir. Hat tip. 

matta magic

It's pretty amazing this season has been nothing short of frustrating yet Thad Matta still managed to post his fifth-straight 25+ win season. 

There's probably plenty of blame to go around for some very uneven performances this season and the fact many guys on the roster have shown little improvement over their current careers but the man wins games. 

Today's win improved Matta to 21-5 in the B1G tournament and put him in the semifinals for the sixth straight year. 

The fact is, this team, when looking at the entire roster and the various stages of player development within it, is the most flawed since his 2008-09 squad that got bounced by Siena in the 1st round of the Dance but they've won nine of 12 games dating back to February 1st. Not bad. Not great but not bad. 


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gneptuneproductions's picture

This would be the second crack at scUM* not third.

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TUNBUCK89's picture

That picture is missing something. Great game ADV. We want an encore tomorrow against those weazels.

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BassDropper's picture

"3 things" .....



Come on, don't be those guys.


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Chris Lauderback's picture

It's just an offshoot of the Five Things that I've done for football the last five years whatever biggie. 

holtzy's picture

I think you should do 3 1/2 things and always leave the final point in the middle of

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BassDropper's picture

Sorry, I was being sarcastic - i could see how it would be hard to misinterpret that after I reread


Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Kind of douchey of you... "bite the hand that feeds" is the phrase that comes to mind

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Mr. Slick's picture

Anyone have a link to the post game pressers?

Thanks in advance.

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c92996p's picture

Am I the only one who thinks Della Valle should sell those earrings and invest in some braces?

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FROMTHE18's picture

I love the heart the players showed, but all credit to Matta. This team has been pretty up and down all year, and very confusing for fans. Matta is a He-Man type coach. He has been dealing with arguably the same 2007-2008 squad that won the NIT, but has made them an NCAA worthy team.. I can't wait for next year to see what he does. Matta is as much to OSU bball as Meyer is to OSU football…just flat out awesome. 

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jaxbuckeye's picture

What are you talking about?  This team has far more talent than you give it credit.  There are two Mc Donald's all americans and a Mr Basketball.  Plus a bunch of highly recruited players in Ross, Craft, and Thompson.  Heck even Della Valle was the MVP of the U20 Euro Championship.  If anything, this team has underachieved.   In fact, some (Craft and Scott shooting) have regressed or not developed at all (Amir).  I have no problems giving Matta credit for rallying the troops for the victory but he also deserves blame for their underachieving in the first place.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

You have the right to not believe, but I became a believer after the U20 Euro Championship. He is the most complete player on the team; just needs the opportunity. 

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2002osubuck's picture

I totally agree, matta said he's one of the smartest players on the team, so he obviously knows the offense and defense. His D has improved, and if his shot keeps falling, could be the key to a nice run. I watched him in the euro games and he looks very confident like he was during that. Not to mention, hes one of our better FT shooters and thats what these games will come down to.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

1 GAME!  ADV is now the most complete player on the team? that is easily the most ignorant thing I have heard all day. He has played 90 minutes in 8 games - if he was the most complete, he would play - period. Don't forget this was vs Nebraska (They are who we thought they were), he hasn't performed at all vs the upper echelon of the B1G, Cmon man!

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

ADV usual self today

Buckidelphia's picture

Matta gets the most out of his teams in February/March. Last year we debated that it was his best coaching job to date but being honest..this team isn't as talented as last is this it? 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Post game comments were that ADV really improved his game in the Italian under 20 league this past summer. We will need his best tomorrow. 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

This was a coming out game for Della Valle.  Very entertaining and inspiring.  Matta is high on this kid, and that means something to my mind.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Knarcisi's picture

ADV for President. Oh, wait ...

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IGotAWoody's picture

Chris, Matta is actually 21-5 in the B1G tourney. He's coaching in his 10th season, he's won the tourney 4 times (playing in 7 finals), and this year's result is still in the balance.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

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Buckeye5000's picture

You are exactly right Woody. I was going to post that but you beat me to it....that's what I get for getting on 11w late.

2014 Undisputed National Champions!

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Chris Lauderback's picture

Thanks, Woody. Fixed.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

. . . many guys on the roster have shown little improvement over their current careers . . .

That's not typically been the case with previous Matta-coached Buckeyes. Take the awesome, veteran 2010-2011 team that inexplicably got upset by a good, not great Kentucky team in the Sweet 16. Diebler got better every year. Lauderdale, too. Lighty was pretty solid as a frosh, but got even better (although he was probably more efficient in his junior season, in 2009-2010 than as a senior in 2010-2011; then again, the 2010-11 team didn't need much from him).

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Seattle Linga's picture

It's 9:35 pm and TTUN still sucks

DefendYoungstown's picture

Is that picture real or are the CZ's superimposed???


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