The fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes' first big challenge of the season arrives on Wednesday night in the form of a road match-up against the Duke Blue Devils, the second-ranked team in the country. It's arguably the marquee game of this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which features some of the best teams in the nation.
The Buckeyes are unbeaten this season, but they haven't come close to facing a team of Duke's caliber yet. The Blue Devils have a chance to knock off their third top-5 team of the season Wednesday night after beating then-No. 3 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Louisville earlier this month.
The emergence of Mason Plumlee as an elite big man early this season has transformed Duke into an absolutely dominant team. Beyond Plumlee, four other players- Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Quinn Cook and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon- have double-digit scoring averages through six games.
Ohio State has some dominant players of its own, though, starting with Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft. Arguably the nation's best scorer and perimeter defender, respectively, Thomas and Craft provide the Buckeyes with the kind of weapons to challenge the Blue Devils, even in Durham, N.C.
ESPN is broadcasting the game, which begins at 9:30 p.m. ET from Cameron Indoor Stadium.