Men's basketball: Ohio State-North Dakota State preview

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8:15 tonight

Where: Value City Arena

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: WBNS-FM/AM (97.1/1460)

Records: Ohio State 9-0, North Dakota State 7-3

Notable: Ohio State has shot better than 50 percent from the field in four consecutive games, its longest such streak since February 2009. … North Dakota State ranks 44th in the latest Rating Percentage Index, the highest ranking for a Buckeyes opponent. … The Bison received 25 of 28 first-place votes in the Summit League preseason poll. … Bison coach Saul Phillips played for Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan at Wisconsin-Platteville and was on his staff at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Ryan’s oldest son, Will, is on Phillips’ staff.

Projected starters

OHIO STATE

G Aaron Craft, 6-2, Sr.

G Shannon Scott, 6-1, Jr.

G Lenzelle Smith Jr., 6-4, Sr.

F LaQuinton Ross, 6-8, Jr.

C Amir Williams, 6-11, Jr.

Key reserves: G-F Sam Thompson, 6-7, Jr.; F Marc Loving, 6-7, Fr.; C Trey McDonald, 6-8, Jr.; G Amedeo Della Valle, 6-5, So.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE

G Lawrence Alexander, 6-3, Jr.

G Kory Brown, 6-4, So.

G Taylor Braun, 6-7, Sr.

F TrayVonn Wright, 6-7, Sr.

F Marshall Bjorkland, 6-8, Sr.

Key reserves: G Mike Felt, 6-3, Sr.; F Chris Kading, 6-8, So.; F Jordan Aaberg, 6-9, Sr.; G Carlin Dupree, 6-3, Fr.

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