OSU vs. Minnesota - the-Ozone Staff picks
By the-Ozone Staff
The Buckeyes are in a tough spot because they've already lost two-in-a-row, and now they travel to Minnesota, where wins are never easy. The good thing for Ohio State is that the Gophers can't shoot, which should only be exacerbated by OSU's defense. Given the importance of this game for the Buckeyes, I have to think they'll come together nicely tonight. I like Ohio State in a close one, but if the Gophers get on a hot streak from the floor, they'll win. Ohio State 73, Minnesota 68 — Tony Gerdeman (1-1)
It seems odd to be talking about must-win scenarios in January, but this almost feels like a must-win game for the Buckeyes if they want to stay in the race for the regular season Big Ten Championship. Ohio State 75, Minnesota 69 — Rob Ogden (1-1)
This is a Buckeye team that is not happy about what happened last week. They talked of being refocused and attention to detail and that's what they'll need traveling to a Gophers team in a similar position. OSU forces turnovers and their points in transition and get them back in the W column. Ohio State 72, Minnesota 60 — Patrick Murphy (1-1)
The Golden Gophers are 13-4 on the season and look like a new team under coach Richard Pitino. They're coming off an overtime loss to Michigan State in East Lansing and the Hollins boys (not related) are quickly developing into two of the most dynamic players in the Big Ten. Ohio State has struggled up at Williams Arena, and with no consistent go-to scoring threat, it will take a herculean effort on defense to come home with a victory. I think they'll get just that in order to avoid a three-game losing streak. Ohio State 65, Minnesota 63 — Brandon Castel (0-1)
Minnesota took the Spartans to overtime in East Lansing just like the Buckeyes did but the Spartans were without Aaron Payne and that really dilutes the value of Minnesota’s performance in that game. I kind of see it as Minnesota’s home court advantage vs. OSU’s resolve not to lose three in a row. Oddly, I think Wisconsin’s loss at Indiana will have the effect of uplifting the Buckeyes vs. the Gophers since there is now once again a flicker of hope for a B1G regular-season title. For that reason I’m going with the Buckeyes in a clunker. Ohio State 61, Minnesota 57. — John Porentas (1-1)
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