Wait, Ohio State is a Big Ten contender?

Wait, Ohio State is a Big Ten contender?

Well he only scored ten points and played ferocious defense.

PreviewOhio State Buckeyes forward Keita Bates-Diop celebrates with head coach Chris Holtmann. This resulted in the Big Ten's leading scorer to finish with just 10 points, his second-lowest total of the season. Holtmann is the third Big Ten coach to win his first seven conference games, joining Wisconsin's Walter Meanwell (1911-12) and Iowa's Sam Barry (1922-23). "I think that's a reflection on the players as much as anything".

Earlier this week, Bleacher Report's National Football League draft expert Matt Miller said that he was trying to watch film of some of Michigan's defensive linemen, but his eyes kept focusing on the play of Price, Ohio State's center in 2017. "And it's easy to like each other when you're on the streak that we're on right now, but I sensed that they even liked each other when we had some rough spots earlier in the year". Their 16 overall wins is just one shy of the 17 games they won a year ago, with 11 games still remaining on this year's schedule.

Now comes another test as the Buckeyes must play Minnesota at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. They would finish the game shooting 36 percent as a team.

Minnesota has lost four of five and is coming off a 77-66 loss to Maryland on Thursday. On Saturday, coach Richard Pitino will have three different starters in the lineup than the last time they were in NY because of injuries and a suspension.

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As the Gophers prepare for The Big Ten's third annual "Super Saturday" event (the Gophers also will play Michigan State later Saturday at MSG) Pitino is clearly unhappy about giving up a home game to play in NY.

"You can't lose sight of the things that you did when you were the hunter, when you were trying to gain that respect, that chip on your shoulder, that edge, that competitive spirit", he said.

Many of the Gophers struggles have been a direct result of playing without two of their best players, Amir Coffey and Reggie Lynch.

On the season, Northwestern basketball averages 73.3 points, 34.5 rebounds and 14.9 assists per game. Problems like being next to last in scoring defense.

Ohio State's sturdy 71-65 showing against Northwestern, despite the Wildcats making a late run to get it to as close as 3 points in the final minute. The Buckeyes were able to play solid team basketball to get the win, with four different players finishing in double figures, including Micah Potter's team-high 13 points on five-of-five shooting.

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