The Buckeyes started slow, falling behind 7-0 in the first three minutes of the game, and struggled to make enough shots to break holes in the Minnesota zone, as the Buckeyes trail at halftime,19-16
The first half exemplified just about every stereotype about Big Ten basketball, as both teams battled with tenacious defense, struggling to score. Neither team managed to shoot 40% from the floor, and the two sides combined for only three three point field goals (4-13). Ohio State never led, although they were within a single possession for much of the half, until the Gophers started to pull away with three minutes left, opening up a ten point lead thanks to poor Buckeye ball security.
LaQuinton Ross is the leading scorer at the break, with a whopping four points on 2-4 shooting. Amir Williams added three blocks, while Sam Thompson and Lenzelle Smith Jr each added a three ball.
Andre Hollins and Joey King each added seven points, leading all scorers. The Buckeyes are once against struggling with turnovers, with 9 in the first half, to only 4 for Minnesota.