Ohio State basketball finds itself in need of a bounce-back performance.
The Buckeyes looked great in a two-point loss to Virginia on Nov. 30, especially given that it came on the road. However, they followed up that game with an uninspiring 70-62 win against lowly Fairleigh Dickinson. The Buckeyes (7-1) will face another struggling team when Florida Atlantic (2-5) comes to town.
Can Ohio State shake off its last showing and deliver a message? Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game:
Ohio State basketball vs. Florida Atlantic game time, details
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
The line: N/A
What TV channel broadcasts Ohio State basketball vs. Florida Atlantic?
Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic will not be televised.
How can I watch Ohio State basketball vs. Florida Atlantic online?
ESPN3 will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How do I get ESPN3?
Anyone with ESPN in their cable package can watch ESPN3 online for free. After clicking on the game you want to watch, select your cable provider (Uverse, Time Warner, etc) and input your username and password. Click here to read a list of frequently asked questions.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Florida Atlantic on the radio?
For Ohio State, 97.1 FM in Columbus is the flagship station. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties. Click here for a list of Ohio State radio affiliates. The game will not be broadcast on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Who is calling the game for ESPN3?
Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (analysis) will be on the call for ESPN3.
Ohio State basketball vs. Florida Atlantic keys to the game
With a 2-5 record and a KenPom.com rating of 239, the Owls won’t strike fear into Ohio State. That doesn’t excuse the Buckeyes from going out there and playing their best. Games like these provide a great chance for OSU to try some things and get backups some playing time. However, in order to do that, the Buckeyes have to avoid playing to the level of their competition. That trait proves helpful when facing top-10 teams like Virginia. It’s less desirable when it leads to struggles against the dregs of Division I.
Ohio State messed around against Farleigh Dickinson and could’ve paid the price. The Buckeyes led by only two points at halftime and had to work all 40 minutes to lock up the victory. Florida Atlantic doesn’t have the talent Ohio State does. The Buckeyes could and should be able to put some distance between themselves and the Owls in the first 20 minutes.
The junior forward is listed as a game-time decision because of a high-ankle sprain that has already cost him five games. If he’s healthy, he gives OSU more depth and better options. Ohio State will probably win even if he doesn’t play, so that’s not the biggest concern. However, the longer this drags on, the worse it looks. Furthermore, returning to the court would give him a chance to work his way back into a rhythm before conference play begins.