BSB TV: Buckeyes Preview Minnesota

The Buckeyes head on the road to face Minnesota tomorrow at 9 p.m. In its first Big Ten road game, Ohio State looks to climb over .500 in conference play.

Coming off their first Big Ten win, a 77-61 win over Illinois Saturday, Ohio State (12-3, 1-1) travels to Minnesota tomorrow for its first road game in league play.

Coach Thad Matta as well as sophomore Marc Loving and senior Shannon Scott addressed the media Monday previewing the contest with the Gophers.

Unsurprisingly, much of the talk was about defense. The Buckeyes switched from the 2-3 zone they had been playing all year to a man-to-man defense for the final 24 minutes against the Illini to great effect. Having seen the game film Matta commented on the switch and the lift it seemed to give the team.

Loving, who has hauled in 27 rebounds in his last five games after grabbing that same amount in the first 11 games of the season, talked about his improved rebounding and the differences that come with crashing the glass in the man-to-man.

Minnesota is second in the country with 11.73 steals per game. Matta spoke about their aggressive defense.

Tomorrow will be just the Buckeyes second true road game, having lost the first to Louisville in early December. Scott and Loving addressed the difficulties of conference play on the road.


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