Ohio State rolled on today, beating the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis 82-69. Every member of Buckeye Nation of a certain age feels a great satisfaction when Ohio State beats the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis, on a floor that saw the worst incident in the history of college basketball. In this case, the victory was a true team win, with every starter scoring in double figures and the Buckeyes defense throttling the Minnesota offense until the game was out of reach.
Ohio State remains the only undefeated team in college basketball and leads the Big Ten conference race by three games. The Buckeyes now get a few days off until their next game, which is on Saturday at Wisconsin — a place where the Badgers seldom lose.
There will be a lot of analysis of the impending Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup in the days to come. For now, every Buckeyes fan should take a moment to appreciate this tough and unselfish team. Starters David Lighty, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale, Williams Buford, and Jared Sullinger, and principal reserves Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas, play a very hard-nosed style that is a pleasure to watch. They move the ball around on offense until they find the hot hand. They rebound well. Their fundamentals are sound, and they usually end up getting a good shot. On defense, they stick to their opponents and don’t let up. There is a reason why these guys are unbeaten and no. 1, and I’ve enjoyed being along for the ride.