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11/7 Big Ten Recap: Ohio State Opens The Season With A Key Road Win

Recap the Big Ten’s action on Wednesday night, including a key win for Ohio State.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Cincinnati David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten only had one matchup on Wednesday night and it featured Ohio State going on the road and scoring a key non-conference win. It wasn’t a pretty game, but the Buckeyes showed that the team could play a role in this year’s Big Ten.

Here’s a look at what happened on Wednesday.

Game of the Day:

-Ohio State Buckeyes 64, Cincinnati Bearcats 56

Heading into this game, KenPom had this as a virtual tossup. Cincinnati was narrowly favored, but the website and Vegas had this as a pretty close one. This was also probably an undersold game nationally, as it put two in-state foes against each other.

But as the game unfolded, it was Ohio State who took control. The Buckeyes held a 27-18 lead at halftime and looked pretty well in control throughout. Outside of a brief run by Cincinnati in the second half, the game was largely never in doubt.

The key player for Ohio State was sophomore Kyle Young. After underachieving a tad as a freshman, he really made an impact on Wednesday night, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, and a 161 offensive rating in 36 minutes of play. Kaleb Wesson also had a big night with 15 points and seven rebounds.

From a general perspective, this is a great start for Ohio State. The team went out on the road to open up the season and got a nice road win. Cincinnati might have been a tad overrated, but the Bearcats have been one of the more consistent programs in college basketball over the last decade. The game also came on the road in a hostile environment.

Ohio State will now return home to face Purdue-Fort Wayne at home on Sunday before another challenging road trip at Creighton.