For Ohio State, the real work begins now.
The Buckeyes (2-0) looked like a mess in a 69-63 win against North Carolina Central on Monday. A chance for redemption — and a boost in competition — comes Thursday. Ohio State hosts Providence (1-0) in a contest that’s part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Gavitt Games is a series of matchups between the Big Ten and Big East founded in 2015. It honors Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East.
Providence advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. However, the Friars lost star Kris Dunn to the NBA draft. They opened their 2016-17 season with an 80-58 win against Vermont.
Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game.
Ohio State basketball vs. Providence game time, details
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17
Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Location: Value City Arena (19,049)/Columbus, Ohio
The line: Ohio State is favored by 6.5 points.
What TV channel will show Ohio State basketball vs. Providence?
The Big Ten Network will televise the nonconference meeting between Ohio State and Providence.
How can I watch online Ohio State basketball vs. Providence?
Big Ten Live will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Providence on the radio?
Who is calling the game for the Big Ten Network?
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Seth Davis (analysis) will be on the call for BTN.
Ohio State basketball vs. Providence keys to the game
Where is JaQuan Lyle?
The sophomore point guard needs to be a big contributor for Ohio State. Instead, he’s barely seeing the floor. Over the first two games, Lyle averaged 18 minutes and 4.0 points per contest. Meanwhile, his backup C.J. Jackson is taking advantage and stealing minutes from Lyle. So what does Lyle need to do to stay on the court? As head coach Thad Matta said after the Navy win, “Playing better is an option.”
For Ohio State to remain competitive, it can’t get into foul trouble. After losing four players to transfers after last season, the Buckeyes don’t have the depth they’d like. On the opposite end of that, OSU would do well to actually make its free throws. The Buckeyes were 14 of 21 at the free-throw line against Navy and 11 of 23 against North Carolina Central. Giving away points like that isn’t going to cut it against better competition.
One of the biggest differences between the decent showing at Navy and disappointment vs. North Carolina Central came from behind the arc. The Buckeyes made 10 of 18 3-point attempts against the Midshipmen. On Monday, however, they made just 6 of 21.