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January 21, 2012

Bucks rout the Huskers

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The road has been a scary place for most teams in the Big Ten during this conference season but the foreign rims of the Devaney Center did not affect the Buckeyes as William Buford led the way with 15 points as Ohio State (17-3, 5-2) bested the Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-9, 2-6) 79-45.

Saturday night's game was less than three weeks removed from a 31-point beat down in Columbus. Nebraska was without Jorge Brian Diaz and Dylan Talley in that game but it didn't matter with the two combining for seven points and seven fouls on the evening.

Jared Sullinger and DeShaun Thomas each had 14 points as well while Jordan Sibert had seven points in mop-up time late. Nebraska was led by Brandon Ubel and his eight points but nobody from the home team was able to get into double figures and the starting backcourt of Bo Spencer and Brandon Richardson fouled out within seconds of each other with more than seven minutes to go in the game.

The Buckeyes used a 13-0 run in the first half to erase a three point deficit and turn it into a ten point lead after Evan Ravenel grabbed an offensive board and put the ball back up. Ohio State would end up taking a 16-point lead to the halftime locker room after cold shooting by Nebraska with Doc Sadler's team went off for a frigid 25-percent from the field in the first half (shot 29.5-perecent for the entire game).

Ohio State would open up the second half much the same way as it started the game, hitting shots. Buford would drain a three pointer and then Thomas threw down a dunk and that put Ohio State up by 19 and it was pretty much game, set and match at that point.

Thad Matta was able to go to his bench liberally with the game being out of hand so early in the contest. Every Buckeye in the game outside of Trey McDonald found the scoring column.

The win now puts Ohio State in a tie for the Big Ten lead with Michigan State and Michigan at 5-2 and also puts Ohio State at 3-3 overall on the road this season. The Bucks get to play their next two games at home with Penn State coming to town on Wednesday and then a pivotal league game against Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

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