The Buckeyes started off slow missing their first 6 shot attempts, but are tied with Marquette 19-19 at the half. Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm early on, as both teams shot under 30% from the field.
The Buckeyes' attack was led by Lenzelle Smith Jr. who leads Ohio State with 5 points. The Bucks got a boost off the bench from forward Sam Thompson, who has pulled in 6 boards.
Todd Mayo and Davante Gardner have lead the charge for the Golden Eagles combining for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Coach Buzz Williams should look to these two key players in the second half if the Eagles want to maintain their lead. The second half may be more of a struggle for the Eagles as starting forward Jamil Wilson left the first half with a possible injury.
- Aaron Craft needs 3 points to become the first ever Buckeye to record 200 steals, 500 assists and 1,000 points.
- Ohio State rebounds 19, Marquette rebounds 28.
- Ohio State bench points 7, Marquette bench points 15.