It’s gut check time for Ohio State basketball.
The Buckeyes (10-5, 0-2 in Big Ten) are looking to avoid an 0-3 start in conference play. With a tough four-game stretch looming, however, opening Big Ten play with six straight losses is a much more real scenario than it should be. To change their path, the Buckeyes need a win against a tough Minnesota squad. The Gophers (14-2, 2-1) have looked great so far this season.
Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game:
Ohio State basketball vs. Minnesota game time, details
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.
The line: Minnesota is a 7-point favorite.
Which TV channel broadcasts Ohio State basketball vs. Minnesota?
Ohio State vs. Minnesota will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Ohio State basketball vs. Minnesota online?
BTN2Go will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How do I get BTN2Go?
Anyone with the Big Ten Network in their cable package can watch BTN2Go 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 for more info.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Minnesota 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 Click here for a list of Ohio State radio affiliates. The game will be broadcast on Sirius 83/XM 195 satellite radio. Click here for a list of Minnesota radio affiliates.
Who is calling the game for the Big Ten Network?
Cory Provus (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analysis) will be on the call for the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State basketball keys to the game
1. Replacing Keita Bates-Diop
Bates-Diop needs surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg. Because of that, he will miss the rest of the season. That’s a blow to the Buckeyes’ depth, and they’ll have to find a way to replace a valuable member of the lineup.
“That’s a punch in the gut to us,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “It is what it is, and we’ve got t0 keep moving forward. In a game like that, he can help us. But injuries are going to happen. It looks like we’re going to be able to redshirt him. I feel awful for Keita and I’m thankful for what he gave us in terms of playing with a lot of pain. I told him, ‘I don’t need that in my career now. I’m not going to play a guy who’s injured.’ He’s done.”
Williams Arena, affectionally known as The Barn, had proved to be a tough place for college basketball teams to play. The roof has a huge arch that makes it more spacious than it needs to be. On top of that, the court is raised two feet. The benches and scorers’ table are actually lower than the court itself. It can make for a weird environment for opposing teams.
3. Closing the deal
The Buckeyes have come close in a bunch of games against good teams this season. However, they’ve never gotten the job done. That needs to change. Whether it’s getting stops or making free throws, something needs to improve — especially late in the game.