12:00 ET., Conseco Fieldhouse
Today, the Wildcats will get something that most teams don't often get—a second chance. On January 29th, Northwestern fell just one point short of a monumental upset victory over top-ranked Ohio State. Now, the ‘Cats will have a second chance against the Buckeyes, with much higher stakes.
Northwestern is trying to make a run in the Big Ten tournament, and make a run at that first NCAA tournament berth. If they want to accomplish either of those, they have to take down Ohio State.
The first step of that goal was accomplished on Thursday, when Northwestern beat Minnesota. Michael Thompson put on a show, finished with a tournament-record 35 points. In addition, the Wildcats received major contributions from the bench, including junior guard Nick Fruendt, who filled in nicely off the bench.
Marcotullio is expected to start again today, while Cobb, Capocci, and Ryan are not expected to dress.
The Buckeyes enter Friday's game on a four-game winning streak—their most recent win being a 28-point blowout win over Wisconsin.
Friday's rematch will be a very tough challenge, but Northwestern knows how important it is.
You can follow along with the game on our twitter account: @NUScout. Stay with us for in-game updates, and postgame reaction live from Conseco Fieldhouse.