User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Minnesota muscles past No. 11 Ohio State

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third straight loss.

DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did it by backing down the Buckeyes and owning the area around the basket, posting a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 39-24 rebounding edge.

LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points for the Buckeyes (15-3, 2-3), who are on a three-game losing streak for the first time in almost four years. The other four Ohio State starters combined for only 19 points, and the conference's second-worst free throw shooting team went 11 for 18 from the foul line.

Minnesota beat Ohio State for the first time in seven meetings, a feat last accomplished here in 2010.

Against a Gophers team that leads the Big Ten in steals, the Buckeyes took better care of the ball after totaling 38 turnovers over the previous two games, but their struggles getting shots to go down was too much to overcome.

They lost last week at Michigan State and then at home to Iowa, hardly blemishes on their record, but they're going to have to snap out of this slide soon to keep up in the top-heavy Big Ten. The Buckeyes fell to 25-4 following losses over the last five seasons. The last time they dropped three in a row was February 2009, at Wisconsin, at Northwestern and against Illinois.

Eliason wasn't the only one working inside for Minnesota. His backup, Mo Walker, converted consecutive spin moves to draw fouls both times, good for a five-point spurt. He even had a steal to set up a fast break a few minutes later. Oto Osenieks added eight points, all near the basket.

Then the Gophers went to their guards to break open the game down the stretch.

Andre Hollins swished a corner 3-pointer inside the 3-minute mark to make it 55-46, and Austin Hollins followed with a steal and a layup to push the lead to double digits.

The Gophers are in a relentless four-game stretch that's remarkable even for this deep, difficult league. After losing in overtime at fifth-ranked Michigan State last weekend, here came the grumpy Buckeyes on a rare losing streak. Minnesota then plays at No. 14 Iowa on Sunday and hosts Wisconsin, ranked third in the Associated Press poll this week, next Wednesday.

The Buckeyes had trouble making their shots early, and the Gophers struggled to take them. The result, naturally, was a 29-all halftime tie that belied the intensity and athleticism on the court.

Ohio State's man-to-man defense, which allowed a Big Ten-best 57.6 points per game entering the night, a figure also tied for sixth-stingiest in the nation, made open jump shots and driving lanes nearly nonexistent for Minnesota in the first half. The Gophers had eight turnovers in the first 8 minutes, but they came up with enough steals, screens and back-door cuts to produce some offense.

Eliason, the 6-foot-11 junior whose post game has begun to emerge as a valuable complement to his shot-blocking and rebounding ability, powered up for a layup in traffic with 3:16 left before the break and drew a foul on Marc Loving. Eliason missed the free throw, but Osenieks soared in for the putback and a 27-21 lead for Minnesota.

Ross, Ohio State's leading scorer, was up to his usual all-over-the-court contributions. He flicked in a floater from the lane with 2 seconds remaining to forge the tie. Then, early in the second half, the lanky 6-foot-8 junior swished consecutive 3-pointers for the Buckeyes to give them the lead again at 38-36.


Dave Campbell on Twitter:

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

News: Iskoe's Daily Report
Maryland dumps Cleveland State, 80-63
Iowa State tops Illinois, 'under' just hits
Louisville beats Saint Louis in Brooklyn
Isaac leads Purdue past Lehigh, 77-55
Cincy beats GW in battle of unbeatens
Peak leads G'town to win over Bryant
Huskers top Vols for 3rd at Barclays
Mississippi drops Bradley, 67-54
Why Buy Picks From
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
5-1 L2 Days, 11-4 Run, 7-2 G-Plays
9-4 CBK Win Streak
6-3 Last 9 Guarantees
4-0 G-Plays, 8-4 L12 Picks
6-1 NCAA BK Win Streak
6-2 Last 8 Selections
6-1 Last 7 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 Start This Season
6-3 L9, 16-9 Last 25 Picks
3-1 Record Yesterday
5-2 Last 7 Guarantee Run
9-3 L12 Over/Under Plays
3-0 Record Last 3 Picks
9-3 Last 12 CBK Guarantees
NCAA BK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 855
Kevin Rogers + 638
Zack Cimini + 431
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 525
Antony Dinero + 399
Kevin Rogers + 340
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Brian Edwards 100 %
ASA 80 %
Joe Nelson 75 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 450
Jim Feist + 400
Joe Nelson + 385
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1398
Doc's Sports + 200
Joe Williams + 190
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 530
Joe Williams + 380
Jimmy Boyd + 195
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership