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Minnesota Basketball: 3 keys to beating Ohio State and how to watch

The Big Ten opener for the Gophers, can they beat Ohio State?

NCAA Basketball: Merrimack at Ohio State Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus

5:30 PM

BTN

Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes

Record: 6-1 (0-0)
KenPom Rank: 23

Can the Gophers start the Big Ten season with a huge upset over the Buckeyes?

KEYS TO A GOPHER WIN

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Stop Bruce Thornton - The Buckeyes guard is averaging over 18 points per game and is often hitting 25. He’s also hitting 41% from three. He needs to be kept in check.

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Play physical - Get physical and let Pharrel Payne dominate the paint.

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No turnovers - When we don’t turn it over, we make more shots and look much better.

PREDICTION

This is not a game that looks good for the Gophers. I would like to see Jamison Battle struggle, but I suspect it won’t matter.

Minnesota - 65
Ohio State - 78