Thad Matta's Ohio State Buckeyes face easily their biggest test to date (and probably their biggest for the entire 2012-2013 basketball season pre-NCAA tournament) as the Buckeyes head to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time ever to face legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski and the number two ranked Duke Blue Devils. Many, in fact, feel the Blue Devils should be ranked higher than the Big Ten's (and current #1) Indiana Hoosiers. Duke's body of work is impressive and includes neutral court wins over both the defending national champions, the University of Kentucky, as well as the previous #2 team, the Louisville Cardinals (Kentucky state champs, PAWWWWL).
For Duke to make an even more prolific case to be #1, they'll need to get through an Ohio State basketball team who is also playing their best basketball on the young season after completely dismantling UMKC, 91-45. Deshaun Thomas is likely to be the focal point for the Buckeyes offense, but this game could easily come down to whether or not the Bucks are able to branch out and establish a clear cut #2 scorer. If the Buckeyes can, this one could be a real ACC/Big Ten Challenge classic. If they don't, well, we could see the flip side of last year's dominant Ohio State 85-63 victory over the Blue Devils in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Below is your Ohio State-Duke GameThread. Whether you're a Buckeye, a Blue Devil, or some kind of unholy hybrid, above all else, pay it forward. If you're being a grade-a a-hole, we'll t you up so fast you won't even know what hit you.
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Duke Blue Devils|
|4-0 | #4||6-0 | #2|
|Date:||November 28th, 2012 ||Location:||Durham, NC |
|Time:||9:30 p.m. ET ||Arena:||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|TV:||ESPN - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1301 HD/31 SD, WOW! 211 HD/33 SD, DirecTV 206, DISH 140||Spread:||Duke -6|
|Radio:||WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460||Over/Under:||142.0|
|Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.|