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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Northwestern at Ohio St.
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Where: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Northwestern will be looking for its first win at Ohio State since the 1976-77 season when the Wildcats hit the road for a Big Ten game Tuesday. Northwestern has lost 28 of the last 29 overall against the Buckeyes, most recently a 65-56 setback against visiting Ohio State on Jan. 6.

The Wildcats played without 7-foot center Alex Olah in last month's clash with the Buckeyes, the fourth of six games Olah missed because of a left foot injury. Olah has struggled to regain his touch since his return, shooting 13-for-33 from the field in the last six games - and that includes a 9-for-12 performance against No. 22 Indiana on Jan. 23. Northwestern ended a five-game losing streak Thursday with a 82-58 win against visiting Minnesota, while the Buckeyes have lost two straight and four of six after starting 3-0 in conference play. JaQuan Lyle came into Thursday's game at Wisconsin shooting 2-for-13 from the floor in the previous four games with a combined 11 points, but the 6-foot-5 freshman guard scored 27 points off the bench on 11-for-19 from the field in the 79-68 loss to the Badgers.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (16-8, 4-7 Big Ten): Tre Demps will be looking for a better showing against Ohio State after shooting 3-for-17 in the last meeting with seven points. Demps warmed up for the rematch by totaling 23 points and eight assists Thursday against Minnesota. Demps and Bryant McIntosh each come in averaging a team-leading 14.8 points, but McIntosh is clearly the better playmaker, as he broke the school's single-season assist record in Thursday's win, giving him 159 on the season.

ABOUT OHIO STATE (14-10, 6-5): Kam Williams had the hot stroke when these teams met last month, making a career-high five 3-pointers on nine attempts and scoring 21 points for the Buckeyes. He's only reached double figures in scoring in three of the eight games since, however, one reason Ohio State has struggled recently. Marc Loving also needs to get it going, as the 6-8 junior forward leads the team in scoring at 13 points per game but hasn't surpassed that mark in the last nine games.

TIP-INS

1. Lyle is ranked second in the nation among freshman with 110 assists.

2. Ohio State's opponents have blocked 50 of its 1,379 field goal attempts this season, tied for eighth fewest in the country, while the Buckeyes have blocked 135 of their opponent's 1,410 shots, which is eighth-most in the nation.

3. Northwestern's two victories over Minnesota this season were by a combined 49 points, which is the highest two-win margin in a sweep of a conference foe in program history.

PREDICTION: Northwestern 77, Ohio State 73
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Northwestern 16-8 W1 11-4 4-3 1-1 4-2 12-6 4-7
Ohio St. 14-10 L2 11-4 2-5 1-1 4-4 10-6 6-5
Last Meeting
Northwestern Ohio St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/6/16 OSU 65 NW 56 56 42 31.3 65 36 44.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern B. McIntosh 15 33.3 3
Ohio St. K. Williams 21 61.5 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern D. Pardon 14 7 7
Ohio St. T. Thompson 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Northwestern B. McIntosh 6
Ohio St. J. Lyle 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern B. McIntosh 355 43.1 60
Ohio St. M. Loving 311 40.2 70
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern S. Lumpkin 135 38 97
Ohio St. K. Bates-Diop 150 36 114
Assists Player  
Northwestern B. McIntosh 159
Ohio St. J. Lyle 110
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Northwestern Off vs  red bar Ohio St. Defense
blue bar 73.1 Points For
red bar 66.3 Points Against
blue bar 45.2 FG%
red bar 39.4 FG%
blue bar 32.9 Reb
red bar 32.5 Reb
red bar Ohio St. Off vs  blue bar Northwestern Defense
red bar 70.6 Points For
blue bar 66.5 Points Against
red bar 44.3 FG%
blue bar 40.4 FG%
red bar 32.5 Reb
blue bar 31.0 Reb