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Buckeyes hope they've learned from earlier game

Wednesday - 2/27/2013, 4:41pm  ET

Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. Wisconsin won 69-41. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The last time Ohio State played Northwestern, the wounded Wildcats had the Buckeyes on the ropes most of the night.

Then the Buckeyes went on a late 12-0 run to pull off a 69-59 home win that might mislead some to thinking they were more in control than they actually ever were.

The teams will meet again on Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena and coach Thad Matta knows his team must be well aware of the pitfalls of playing not just on the road in the Big Ten but in a place that seemingly has always been a difficult place for the Buckeyes.

Coming off one of its biggest wins of the season, Ohio State (20-7, 10-5) has a lot riding on the game at Northwestern (13-15, 4-11).


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