Jody Victor: Balanced scoring and defense lead the Buckeyes past the Golden Gophers for a win. Evan Turner made seven free throws in the final 64 seconds, leading Ohio State past No. 19 Minnesota 64-58 Saturday night for the Buckeye's fifth win this season over a ranked opponent.
Two of the wins have come this week, with the Buckeyes (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) beating No. 12 Purdue 80-72 on Tuesday night.
Turner finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jon Diebler and William Buford each scored 11 points and B.J. Mullens had 10 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won their fourth in a row while running their record against ranked opponents to 5-4.
The Buckeyes never trailed after a 10-0 first-half spurt but had to scratch and claw down the stretch to hang on to the lead. Ohio State led by three at the half and stretched the lead to 38-31 on two free throws by B.J. Mullens at the 13:52 mark.
Minnesota had won the last two meetings with the Buckeyes, including a 68-59 win at Williams Arena on Jan. 3. The Buckeyes have won seven of their last 11 games against ranked teams. When Minnesota is ranked, Ohio State is now 12-12 against the Golden Gophers.
This week's game against Wisconsin is Saturday Feb 14 in Madison, Wisconsin – you can catch the game on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. EST.