Minnesota vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
Minnesota
(18-8, 3-5 away)
(18) Ohio State
(18-7, 14-2 home)
Venue: Value City Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 13.7 T Mbakwe 8.6 A Hollins 3.4
Ohio State D Thomas 20.1 D Thomas 6.2 A Craft 4.4

On Wednesday, No. 18 Ohio State welcomes Minnesota at Value City Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on Big Ten Network. The Buckeyes are 6-2 against the Golden Gophers over the last four years. The last time they played they won 78-68 on Feb. 14, 2012.

Minnesota is in sixth place in the Big Ten and will be trying to close the gap with Ohio State, who is currently in fifth place.

In their last outing, despite 18 points and 6 rebounds from Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes fell to Wisconsin 71-49 on Feb. 17. He leads the team in points with 20.1 per game and rebounds with 6.2 per game. For the Golden Gophers, Trevor Mbakwe finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in the 72-51 loss to Iowa on Feb. 17. With 8.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. One category in which Minnesota is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 45.2 percent, ranking first in their conference (and first nationally).

Minnesota StatSmack

  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Ohio State is superior to Minnesota (Latest AP Poll: No. 18 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Ohio State has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Minnesota (14 vs. zero).
  • Ohio State is ranked higher than Minnesota in the Big Ten (No. 5 vs. No. 6).
  • Ohio State has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Minnesota (six vs. three).
  • Ohio State has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Minnesota (No. 53 vs. No. 81).
  • Ohio State has come back to win after being down at half against Minnesota three times since 1999.
  • Ohio State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Ohio State is 78.0 inches compared to 77.0 inches for Minnesota.
  • Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Minnesota (16 vs. six).
  • Ohio State has a better conference record than Minnesota this season (8-5 vs. 6-7).
  • AP voters think more highly of Ohio State and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Minnesota (126 vs. 40).
  • Deshaun Thomas is ranked 16th nationally in points and 8th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 24 10 8 1 1 2 2
B Andre Hollins 29 14 3 3 1 0 2
B Austin Hollins 31 12 4 3 2 1 1
B Rodney Williams 29 12 5 2 1 1 2
B- Joe Coleman 28 9 4 2 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 15 2 4 1 0 1 1
C- Julian Welch 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 10 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Wally Ellenson 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Oto Osenieks 9 2 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Maurice Walker 7 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Andre Ingram 9 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 35 20 6 1 1 0 1
B Aaron Craft 33 9 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 1
C+ Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
C+ Shannon Scott 20 5 3 4 2 0 1
C+ Amir Williams 17 4 4 0 0 2 1
C Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C LaQuinton Ross 17 8 3 0 0 0 2
C A. Della Valle 8 3 2 0 0 1 0
D+ Jake Lorbach 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey McDonald 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
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