Published Friday, February 1, 2013 AT 2:29 PM / Updated at 3:24 PM
How will NU handle Big Ten’s No. 1 scorer
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Ohio State comes to the Devaney Center on Saturday with the Big Ten’s leading scorer – forward Deshaun Thomas — at 20.3 points a game.

So how will Nebraska approach the Buckeyes defensively? Let the 6-foot-7 Thomas “have his” and try to shut down the others, or employ a more generalized plan?

Nebraska coach Tim Miles said his assistant handling the scout on OSU, Ben Johnson, asked the same question.

In Ohio State’s first meeting with Nebraska, a 70-44 win, Thomas outscored NU 18-17 himself in the first half.

That has stuck with Miles enough to say “we have to go after him.”

“They are geared to run through Thomas,” Miles said. “So why should we let them try to play the way they practice every day? You have to make those other guys do other things to beat you.”

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at