Ohio State takes on Florida Atlantic Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET) at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes (7-1) are coming off a 70-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson while the Owls (2-5) are currently on a two-game losing skid.
FAU has not won either of its first two road games this season while OSU is 6-0 at home.
The Buckeyes’ last win inside Value City Arena vs. FDU on Dec. 3 was not the prettiest of the year. A total of 13 turnovers were committed by the Scarlet and Gray and the team only led by one at halftime.
Junior center Trevor Thompson said the squad’s performance in that game can be something to learn from going forward.
“I just feel like we knew going into the game that we needed to get woken up and we needed to have more pep in our step, more fire,” Thompson said Monday. “I feel like we have learned because starting off slow like that and having a one-point lead to a team that shouldn’t be in the game with us just kind of showed us that we can’t start off halves (slow).
“Once we go against good teams they’ll capitalize. So, our biggest thing was growing from the first half and coming out strong the second half.”
Thompson and his teammates will look to get off to a faster start against the Owls, especially with a game vs. Connecticut looming Saturday.