Ohio State Falls Short In Major Test vs. Minnesota

Brad Rempel – USA Today Sports

The Ohio State Buckeyes were looking to get back to their winning ways on Thursday night after two tough Big Ten losses to the Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes last week.

The Buckeyes headed to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers to try to get a much-needed conference win. The similarities between their two losses last week were their struggles with turnovers and their lack of consistency. They were looking to correct their turnover problem and be more consistent against a good Minnesota team.

Minnesota proved to be tough on their home court despite struggling with turnovers early in the game. They had 10 turnovers in the first half alone, but still managed to keep it close and went into halftime tied with the Buckeyes at 29. Ohio State seemed to have fixed their turnover problem, committing just three in the first half, but then ended up with 13 for the game.

Their lack of consistency showed up early in the game as they shot just 38 percent in the opening half, and it continued into the second half as well. The offense for the Buckeyes was LaQuinton Ross, and because of a lack of production from the rest of the team offensively, they were unable to increase their shooting percentage in the second half. Ross finished the game with 22 points.

Ohio State has truly been tested since Big Ten play began, winning two games followed by three losses, two of which were on the road. If the Buckeyes can improve on their turnover problems and become more consistent, then they will be even more of a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten.

Jenna Aquino is a Big Ten Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook, add her to your network on Google, or reach her by e-mail at starz9815@hotmail.com.

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