Buckeyes Recover, Defeat Minnesota 78-68

Written February 14th, 2012 by Eric

Sam Thompson had a fun high flying game today.

The Buckeyes got back to their winning ways in a big way, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 78-68 in William’s Arena. William Buford and Jared Sullinger led all scorers with 24 points, and each added 7 rebounds to their statline. DeShaun Thomas added 12 points for the Buckeyes while Lenzelle Smith picked up 7 points and 8 rebounds. Minnesota’s scoring was led by Rodney William’s 19 to which Julian Welch added 11 and 8 assists.

Coming off a tough home loss to the Michigan State Spartans, the Buckeyes were looking to try to get back on track in the Big Ten. Getting a big road win, especially with the kind of focus the Buckeyes displayed in the victory, was important to see after how poorly the team looked against Michigan State. For a while the Bucks looked like they had the game easily under control, but give the Gophers credit for making a fight of it by the end of the game.

William Buford got it going early for the Buckeyes. He sank two quick outside shots, including a three pointer, and a nice floater on the left side before any other Buckeye even attempted a shot. Buford looked extremely focused all game and clearly wanted this win in a big way. He eventually scored 10 straight points without missing a shot before Minnesota began to find a way to defend him better. However, how Buford start’s a game is a good indicator of how the whole game will go – and Buford again had an excellent game.

Minnesota wasn’t just going to let that happen in their house lying down. Andre and Austin Hollins (unrelated) sank a couple sweet long range shots to help the Gophers keep the score close early. The vast majority of of the Gopher’s early points came from outside in the first few minutes as the OSU defense did a good job of shutting Minnesota down in the paint. It came as no surprise with Trevor Mbakwe out for the season.
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Basketball LiveBlog: Minnesota

Written February 14th, 2012 by Eric

The Buckeyes travel to the Barn to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the teams’ only meeting this season! The game is on ESPN, scheduled to tip at 9 PM EST. Leading off on ESPN is Florida at Alabama, only a moderate risk of an overtime game.

While you wait, go checkout our Buckeye Blogger Network friends! the Buckeye Blog, OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, and Fox Sports Ohio. They will all be joining us at 8:30 PM for the start of our liveblog.

Go Bucks!