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Ohio State-North Florida 2013: GameThread

Thad Matta's basketball Buckeyes look to get Ohio State athletics off on the right foot for Michigan weekend. Join fellow Buckeye fans as we take in UNF v. OSU.

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Ohio State is coming off of a lackluster effort against the Wyoming Cowboys, and look to stay undefeated against a North Florida team that has won three straight games since opening the season 1-3. The Ospreys are 0-15 all-time going against Top 25 teams, but gave then-ranked No. 10 Florida a run for their money in a 77-69 loss on November 8th.

The Buckeyes have met the Ospreys only once before, in what would be a 85-50 victory during the 2011 season. Ohio State is also 13-0 all-time against Atlantic Sun teams, and they'll look to extend their success against North Florida this evening.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. leads Ohio State in points per game with 11.6, but the Buckeyes will need a stronger effort from everyone on the offensive side of the ball as they continue to improve over the course of the season. LaQuinton Ross has had a slow start to the season, and the Buckeyes will need him to step up as the leading scorer that Ohio State fans know he can be.

Go Bucks.





4-3 5-0 | #7 AP / #6 Coaches
Beau Beech G Aaron Craft
Dallas Moore G Shannon Scott
Chris Davenport G Lenzelle Smith Jr.
Charles McRoy F LaQuinton Ross
Travis Wallace F Amir Williams
Date: November 29th, 2013
Location: Columbus, OH
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Value City Arena
TV: Big Ten Network - Time Warner Columbus/Delaware 1333 HD/58 SD, WOW! 219 HD/87 SD, DirecTV 610, DISH 439 Spread: -24
Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460 Over/Under: 136
Internet: BTN2Go SBN Affiliate: Mid-Major Madness
Beat Michigan. And for good measure, beat North Florida, too.