Opponent Preview: Ohio State

Minnesota looks to get back into the win column in conference play on Wednesday night as they host No. 6 Ohio State. Tip-off at Williams Arena is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

Minnesota (17-8, 5-7) vs. No. 6 Ohio State (21-4, 9-3)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Williams Arena
8:00 p.m. CT – ESPN (Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich)

Quotable

"We have to refocus. We're still at the top of the league. We've got a long way to go. You have to give them a lot of credit. They were the better team tonight. We've got a quick turnaround. We need to get some rest tonight, get in here, watch film tomorrow and get ready for Tuesday." – Ohio State sophomore PG Aaron Craft on how his team needs to recover quickly from its loss to Michigan State

"It's got to be a learning experience for a relatively young basketball team. We have to look at why we didn't play well and get those things corrected. First and foremost you have to stay together. We're still sitting at the top of the conference." – Buckeyes' head coach Thad Motta following OSU's loss to Michigan State

PREGAME NOTES

Coaching Preview: Thad Matta is in his eighth season as the head coach at Ohio State. He has compiled a 211-60 record at OSU. In 12 years as a collegiate head coach, Matta has manufactured 20 or more victories each year. Prior to joining the Buckeyes he coached three years at Xavier and one at Butler, his alma mater.

Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series with Minnesota 78-55. When the Buckeyes are ranked in the Associated Press poll, they are 24-3 against the Golden Gophers. OSU has won five of the last games and four consecutive meetings vs. Minnesota.

Last Meeting: The two teams met on Feb. 6, 2011 at Williams Arena. David Lighty scored 19 points and Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help top-ranked Ohio State remain unbeaten with an 82-69 victory over No. 18 Minnesota. Blake Hoffarber led the Gophers with 16 points.

Stat to Watch: Jared Sullinger had 17 points and 16 rebounds in the Big Ten loss to Michigan State on Feb. 11, marking his 29th double-double as a Buckeye, and his 16th in Big Ten play. Ohio State is 26-3 in the games where Sullinger has had a double-double.

Projected Starters:
F 00 Jared Sullinger (6-9, 280, So.) – 17.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg
F 1 Deshaun Thomas (6-7, 225, So.) – 14.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6-4, 205, So.) – 6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
G 4 Aaron Craft (6-2, 190, So.) – 8.4 ppg, 4.6 apg
G 44 William Buford (6-6, 220, Sr.) – 15.0 ppg, 3.0 apg

Background:
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Enrollment: 56,867
Conference: Big Ten
Nickname: Buckeyes
Mascot: Brutus Buckeye
Colors: Scarlet and Gray
Coach: Thad Matta (8th season)


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