Nebraska vs. Ohio State Post-Game Notes / Quotes
– Nebraska’s 79 points are the most Ohio State has allowed all season (76 against Seton Hall).
– Derrick Walker had his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Walker, who has now hit double-digit eight figures, also recorded four career-high interceptions in loss.
– Bryce McGowens has hit the double for the ninth time this season with 18 points.
–Nebraska’s eight turnovers were his lowest since playing eight against Idaho State on Nov. 19.
– Nebraska falls to 0-2 in overtime this season (also at NC State).
– Nebraska drops to 0-2 against the ranked teams this year (also against Auburn).
–Nebraska limited Ohio State’s EJ Liddell to just 10 points on 2 of 14 shots.
–Nebraska scored two points at 10-0 in the first half and now have at least one double-digit point in six games this season.
– Lat Mayen tied his season high with seven rebounds.
Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg
“I’m really proud of the guys for the way they fought. The most important thing when playing at Ohio State is their physique and that’s what worries you the most. and our team did an amazing job of matching that up especially early on. You look at the stats and we beat this team by 10 in the paint and shot nine more free throws than them, so a lot of positives that we can build on. Too many second chance offensive rebounds for them and then obviously the three they hit early on. We obviously still had a good chance of winning this match. We are not on moral victories and it is always an extremely disappointing dressing room but it shows what we are capable of. If we play this type of physics every night, we walk on the floor in this league, we will have a chance. The effort was there and we’re a very different team than we were a few weeks ago, and again, there is a lot we can build on in this one.
On the scales not to be satisfied with moral victories but also to recognize the positive points
“I told the guys if we play with that kind of energy and that kind of intensity we’re going to have a chance of winning a lot of games in this league. Now we hit the road and face a team as hot as anyone. We’ve got a tough stretch coming here so we just have to hold on and hold on. We have to start building a game plan tomorrow and move beyond it, but again, learn from the mistakes and build on the positives. “
First year guard CJ Wilcher
On the resilience the team has shown in this match
“I think that’s exactly it. Stay together like we did and continue to compete at a high level. They did some shopping, then we did some shopping. I think there has been some growth in this area because usually when teams go racing we sort of die. We’ve stuck together and that’s something we can build on, but in the end we have to find a win to get through that and get that win. “
We if the team had responded like that a few weeks ago
“No. I feel like we’re a whole different team in terms of mentality. Last week was probably our best training week in terms of intensity. Every day we came to practice like we were playing Ohio State, and the Boy Scout team gave us a good look.
On the energy of the crowd and the crowd
“Yes, we felt it. The crowd was in it and it felt good. I didn’t experience this type of environment in college so it was really great for me personally. Having the fans behind us like they did was a good environment to play.
Ohio State Coach Chris Holtmann
After a break and big games
“We’ve never experienced a break like this before. Can’t remember the last time, after taking a break and losing a few possessions with 30 seconds left, I can’t remember coming back and taking that one out. Our guys played a lot. Jamari (Wheeler) took a big shot, Meechie (Johnson Jr.) did a great job behind the wheel, EJ (Liddell) had a rebound and did a great job making those free throws.
On the 35 points of Malaki Branham
“I didn’t know these numbers; I haven’t seen the statistics yet. It’s a phenomenal effort from Malaki. We knew there would be opportunities for other guys because of how they (the Nebraska defense) were going to crumble on Zed (Key) and EJ (Liddell). This created opportunities for Malaki, and he took full advantage of it. I give EJ and Jamari (Wheeler) credit for making those overtime shots when the ball went to the post.
On having 16 turnovers
“We have to improve at this. Is this the product of not being very specific on layoffs, I don’t know. We have problems with that. We have to improve with it.