Minnesota (14-8, 3-6), which lost for the fifth time in the last six games, got 13 points and just five rebounds from junior power forward Jordan Murphy-the nation's No. 2 rebounder.
In the opener of the Big Ten's Super Saturday, Jan. 20, basketball-hockey doubleheader at Madison Square Garden, No. 22 Ohio State eventually put the defensive clamps on Minnesota and rolled to a 67-49 victory on Saturday afternoon in New York City.
The Buckeyes (16-5-4, 9-2-4-3 Big Ten) led 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 after the second.
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Keita Bates-Diop topped a balanced Ohio State attack with 17 points and 12 rebounds on 7-21 from the floor with Kaleb Wesson adding 15 points and eight boards on 7-9 accuracy. Bates-Diop averages nearly 20 points-per-game and has scored 16 or more points in all but two of the team's games. With this core to the team, the Buckeyes do not employ a very deep rotation, with only seven or eight players seeing the court in close games.
It's still early in the Big Ten season but the Ohio State Buckeyes have been looking like a major threat.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a top four position in the Big Ten on their radar as the team shoots for their third straight win after upending the Michigan Wolverines 72-52 as a five point home dog. They are not yet on the bubble for the tournament, but a win over the Buckeyes would likely give them the momentum needed to make a run at the program's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2014. Ohio State vs Minnesota live stream is on BTN stream.