Ohio State vs. Kansas: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Thad NovakCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates against the Duke Blue Devils during first half action at Value City Arena on November 29, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Two of the nation’s most battle-tested teams face off on Saturday afternoon when the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes visit the No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks. Each team will be facing its third ranked opponent of the year in a matchup loaded with future NBA talent.


Where: Phog Allen Fieldhouse

When: 3:15 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN, or live stream at espn.com

Listen: Ohio State, ESPN 1460—Kansas, KLWN-AM 1320

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texa
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Betting Line: Ohio State at -2.5, according to sportswagersource.com.

Assuming Jared Sullinger plays, the Buckeyes should win, which is really all it’ll take to cover this spread.


Key Injuries

Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger (back), questionable

Kansas PG Tyshawn Taylor (knee), probable


What’s At Stake?

The Buckeyes are looking for a win in their first game away from home, which would be their third victory over a ranked team, and all but lock up a No. 1 seed. Kansas, if they can beat their first-ranked foe in three tries, would elbow their way into the top-seed discussion pending their performance in Big 12 play.


What They’re Saying

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with fans after the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Value City Arena on November 29, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Duke 85-63. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty
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Ohio State coach Thad Matta looks forward to his team facing its first hostile crowd, telling The Washington Post, "In terms of that type of atmosphere affecting you, you’ll find out a lot about your team…This will be a great opportunity."

Kansas coach Bill Self has no desire to get any advantage from Sullinger missing the game. He told the Post, "I hope everybody’s healthy and everybody plays and it’s an unbelievable game where you have two terrific teams and sets of players going after each other."


Ohio State Player to Watch

SG William Buford has been the Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer at 16 points per game. If Sullinger is less than 100 percent, the pressure will be on the three-point-shooting Buford to pick up the slack.


Kansas Player to Watch

PG Tyshawn Taylor has stepped up as a scorer in his senior year (16.8 points a night). He’ll need to have his wits about him against quick-handed Aaron Craft of the Buckeyes.


LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 06:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks in action during the game against the Long Beach State 49ers on December 6, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Key Matchup

Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger vs. Kansas PF Thomas Robinson. The two best in the nation at their position, this duo will be the focus of the offense on both ends of the floor. A big advantage—and if Sullinger’s out, Robinson will have one—in scoring either way, will be all it takes to settle this game.



If Sullinger is out, Robinson will overwhelm what’s left of the Buckeyes' front line. More likely, though, Sullinger will play, and play well, in a close OSU victory.