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.”