Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Chase Young earn top Big Ten honors

Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Chase Young earn top Big Ten honors

As is the North Carolina way under Williams, the Tar Heels will look to get out in the open court against Ohio State off of defensive stops.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge annually provides college basketball fans with blockbuster matchups of the top teams in the nation, and this year is no exception.

A strong second half helped propel Ohio State past the Tar Heels 74-49 on Wednesday night.

Ohio State is 6-1 ATS this season, and five of its seven games have gone under. North Carolina followed that up with a standout win over the 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks, 78-74.

UNC is in the middle of a stretch of games that includes now No. 4 MI (lost November 28), No. 13 OR (won November 29), No. 5 Virginia (December 8) and No. 9 Gonzaga (December 18).

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This will be the third straight big test for the Tar Heels already this season, after losing to upstart MI in the Battle 4 Atlantis tourney in the Bahamas. Cole Anthony paced North Carolina with 15 points while Brandon Robinson chipped in with nine. Anthony, though he was seen in a walking boot after the OR game, is expected to play Wednesday night. They have just three players scoring in double figures on the season, however, led by junior Kaleb Wesson, who's averaging 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.

Last time out, the Tar Heels were run off the court during a six minute span against MI, and were unable to recover from a 24-point second-half hole.

The Buckeyes side enters Wednesday night's contest as one of the 19 remaining undefeated teams in the nation. North Carolina scored the first five points of the game but the Buckeyes responded with three-pointers from Washington Jr. and Kaleb Wesson to take a 6-5 lead with 15:51 remaining. That honor went instead to Oklahoma State Chuba Hubbard; all that running back has done is now lead the nation in rushing with 1,936 yards and stand second in rushing touchdowns with 21.

Defensively, Ohio State has been solid all season, and the Buckeyes have only allowed opponents to shoot 32.9% from the field. It will be the Buckeyes' first trip to Chapel Hill since 2006.

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