No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-4, 9-3) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-8, 5-7)
Date: Feb. 14, 2012
Site: Williams Arena (14,625)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Dan Dakich (expert analysis), Samantha Steele (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-91, XM-91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play), Ron Stokes (expert analysis)
Ohio State VS. Minnesota
Ohio State owns a 78-55 advantage in games played in the Minnesota series and is 29-37 in Minneapolis. When Ohio State is ranked in the Associated Press poll, the Buckeyes are 24-3 vs. the Golden Gophers. Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 and each of the last four games when ranked vs. Minnesota. Overall, Ohio State has won five of the last six games and four consecutive meetings vs. Minnesota. William Buford averages 13.9 points in seven career meetings vs. Minnesota. Jared Sullinger scored 33 points (16.5 ppg.) and grabbed 25 rebounds (12.5 rpg.) in two games last year in the Minnesota series.
The Buckeyes in the Big Ten
The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in both scoring offense (75.8 ppg.) and scoring defense (56.7 ppg.) after a 21-4 overall start. Ohio State’s scoring margin of 19.1 ppg. leads the league while the .482 field goal shooting pct. rates in the No. 2 spot. Led by Jared Sullinger, Ohio State is among the Top 2 teams in rebounding offense (36.7 rpg., No. 2) and defense (29.6 rpg., No. 2). Overall, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in rebound margin (+7.1 rpg.). Behind Aaron Craft, Ohio State is No. 1 in turnover margin (+5.4).
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
Ohio State is 733-665 vs. current members of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are playing their 100th season of Big Ten Basketball this season.