Gameday preview: Gophers basketball at Ohio State

  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 9:22 PM

gophers gameday

5 p.m. at No. 24 Ohio State • Value City Arena • BTN, 1500-AM

The Gophers at a glance: Minnesota (17-10, 6-8 Big Ten) is coming off perhaps its worst loss of the year — a 62-49 collapse to Illinois (a team that had previously lost 10 of its last 11) — but will need to rebound quickly with a stretch of three nationally ranked opponents in three games looming. Against the Illini, the Gophers had one of their worst offensive performances of the season, shooting just 37.3 percent from the field, including 4-for-25 (16 percent) from three-point range. With shots not falling from the perimeter, Illinois was able to collapse on the interior and effectively take away the Gophers’ inside scoring presence. Minnesota finished with just 24 points in the paint. Finding that inside approach again will be big against Ohio State, which was unable to slow Elliott Eliason the first time around. The Gophers have not swept the Buckeyes since 2004-05.

Ohio State at a glance: A lot has changed for the Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6) since they last saw the Gophers. Then, they were in the midst of their biggest skid, ultimately dropping five of six games, including their loss at Minnesota. Since then, Ohio State has turned over a new leaf, reversing the previous trend and winning five of their past six (including victories over Iowa and Wisconsin). As the year has gone on, the Buckeyes’ defense has only gotten better. Their defensive efficiency is ranked third in the country, according to kenpom.com. Their three-point defense is tops nationally, and they are sixth-best at not fouling. Aaron Craft — named a Bob Cousy finalist — and Shannon Scott rank 13th and ninth, respectively, in steal percentage nationally.

Amelia Rayno

  • related content

  • Gophers rise, fall with point guard Mathieu

    Friday February 21, 2014

    In Big Ten games when DeAndre Mathieu has scored at least 10 points, the Gophers are 6-2. In games where he has scored fewer than 10, the Gophers are 0-6.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who are you rooting for in the NCAA Final Four?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close