Ohio State's quest for a Big Ten Tournament championship, as well as to make Thad Matta Ohio State's all time winningest coach, begins tonight, with a rematch against the 11 seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Buckeyes have gone 24-10 in the Big Ten Tournament only going one and done once under Thad Matta, and if Ohio State is going to avoid a terrible seed in the NCAAs, they'll need that tournament fortune to continue this season.
The first meeting featured D'Angleo Russell going absolutely crazy in the first half, but the Buckeyes cooled in the second half, letting Minnesota force OT, before ultimately prevailing in the Twin Cities. The Gophers looked vurnerable at times agains woeful Rutgers last night, before riding some hot shooting to finally put the Scarlet Knights away.
Minnesota may still count as a top 100 RPI win when all of this is said and done. Can Ohio State ride their hot freshman and get just enough senior support to grab that W? Can they get to a 7 seed, or beyond? Only one way to find out. Join us in the GameThread.
How to watch:
Game time: 25 minutes after Indiana/Northwestern
Radio: 97.1 The Fan