The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-6, 2-5) host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-8, 4-4) in a rematch of the Gophers’ 84-71 win over OSU back in December. Ohio State comes into this game having lost five of six, including their last outing, which was a 90-76 loss at Penn State on Saturday. Minnesota has won two of three, but lost their last time out, 64-56 at Rutgers on Sunday.
Who: Minnesota at Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Columbus, OH — Value City Arena
When: Thursday 6:30 pm (FS1)
Why: Because a winning streak always starts with one game.
Line: Ohio State -8
The Ohio State Buckeyes
+ Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Gophers 87-58. Ohio State owns a 53-18 record in Columbus and is 39-32 in Minneapolis. The teams have played on a neutral court three times with the Buckeyes winning them all. Andre Wesson has faced Minnesota five times over his career, most of any Buckeye. He averages 6.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in the series. Younger brother Kaleb Wesson averages 14.0 points and 6.7 boards in three meetings. Duane Washington Jr. scored 10 points in his first appearance in the series a season ago in a 79-59 win last year.
+ Duane Washington Jr. has made at least one 3-pointer in 12 of his last 14 games played, including two while coming off the bench following a rib injury. He has made 44% of his shots from distance (32-71). He reached 400 career points as a Buckeye (415/8.3 ppg.) with 20 at Penn State the last time out. At the line he has made 19 of the last 21.
+ Ohio State is 11-1 in Columbus when playing on this date, the last win being a 62-55 win over Illinois in 2014. The only home loss also was to Illinois, a 67-65 setback in 1986.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
What You Need To Know
+ Marcus Carr completed a historic feat on Jan. 12 against Michigan, becoming the first Gopher player with 20+ points and 12+ assists while finishing with zero turnovers. His 21-point, 12-point outing was the sophomore’s first career double-double and tied his career high in assists.
+ Sophomore center Daniel Oturu, who earned his second Big Ten Player of the Week award on Jan. 13, continues to put up eye-popping numbers as the season rolls on. The Woodbury native now has 11 double-doubles on the season after contributing 26 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Penn State. Against Michigan, Oturu scored a new career high of 30 points while adding seven rebounds and a steal.
+ The Gophers rank highly among the nation’s college basketball teams in several categories. As of Jan. 22, Minnesota is 24th in blocked shots per game (B1G: 3rd), and 38th in assists per game (B1G: 4th).
+ Daniel Oturu is sixth in rebounds per game (B1G: 1st), 18th in the country in blocks (B1G: 2nd), and 22nd in field goal percentage (B1G: 2nd). Oturu’s 11 double-doubles rank sixth in the country and first in the Big Ten. Marcus Carr is 10th in the country in assists per game (B1G: 2nd) and leads the Big Ten in minutes per game (NCAA: 21st). Oturu is also the Big Ten’s second leading scorer, trailing Iowa’s Luka Garza (22.9 ppg). Gabe Kalscheur leads the Big Ten in total 3-pointers made and treys per game.
+ December 21 in Tulsa, Okla., Gabe Kalscheur poured in 34 points, besting his previous career high by nine points in the 20-point win over Oklahoma State. Kalscheur’s efforts came on 11-of-14 field goal shooting (78.6 percent) including a scorching 7-of-9 performance from beyond the arc (77.8 percent). The seven treys matched his career high and tied for the third most by any Gopher in a single-game. Kalscheur also added three rebounds, one assist and a steal in 33 minutes of action at the BOK Center.