The Ohio State Buckeyes opponent for the second game of the season will be the Florida Gators on Tuesday night, a rematch of the last season's second game of the season. The two team's are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. Eastern Time in a game played on ESPN 2 during the channel's 24-hour basketball marathon.
The Buckeyes enter the game as the third-ranked team in the country following an opening-season victory over Wright State last Friday. Thad Matta will likely lean on Jared Sullinger and William Buford as the two combined for 32 points in the first game of the season.
Florida also enters the game ranked in the top 10, coming off of a 40-point win in their season-opener versus Jackson State. They were led by guards Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton as each had 19 points, but freshman guard Brad Beal and big man Patric Young will probably be the keys to shutting down the Gators on Tuesday.
SB Nation's Along the Olentangy contributed an in-depth scouting report that's worth a read in its entirety, but a small snippet is included below.
Beal, a McDonald's All-American, and Rutgers transfer Michael Rosario join Gator guards Erving Walkerand Kenny Boynton to form a backcourt that assuredly kept Thad Matta awake the past few nights. Rosario averaged 16 points per game two seasons ago for the Scarlet Knights, while Walker and Boynton combined on 28 points last season for the 29-8 Gators.
ESPN is hoping opposites do attract. With Florida being perimeter-oriented, going 13-of-30 from 3-point range in a season-opening, 99-59 win against Jackson State, the game marks a stark contrast of styles. The Buckeyes, who made just five shots from behind-the-arc in their 73-42 win against Wright St, will hold a size and depth advantage inside against the Gators.
Regardless of the outcome, it should be a fun game to watch as it isn't often that two top-ten teams meet so early in the season.