Gophers-Ohio State game preview

  • Updated: February 13, 2012 - 11:56 PM

Gophers at a glance: After squandering a winnable opportunity in an overtime loss to Wisconsin last Thursday, the Gophers are at a critical point in their season. They are two games below .500 in Big Ten play and are facing a brutal schedule down the stretch, starting with tonight against Ohio State at home. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so coach Tubby Smith is most likely shaking things up and starting freshman Andre Hollins -- who had a career-high 20 points performance against the Badgers -- in place of struggling Joe Coleman, who has not scored in three consecutive games. The Gophers would need to play their best game of the season to have a chance at beating the conference-leading Buckeyes, and without Coleman, the lineup would be smaller and potentially pose matchup problems.

Ohio State at a glance: After collecting six consecutive victories, the Buckeyes dropped a game to Michigan State on their home court Saturday to allow the Spartans to tie them for first in the conference. Depending on your point of view, it could be a good time for the Gophers to catch the Buckeyes (while they're down) or a bad one (after a wake-up call). Forward Jared Sullinger -- who leads Ohio State with 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds a game -- is widely regarded as one of the top players in the country.

AMELIA RAYNO

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