There's something about traveling to Northwestern that seems to summon problems for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
A year ago, the Buckeyes were ranked 10th and the Wildcats were headed for a losing record in the Big Ten. Yet it took Jared Sullinger's banked-in turnaround with 3.1 seconds left for Ohio State to escape with a 75-73 win.
In 2011, the Buckeyes were 22-0 and No. 1 in the nation while Northwestern was just 3-6 in the conference. This time, David Lighty made a late steal and Sullinger hit a foul shot in a 58-57 white-knuckler.
''The last two times it really came down to the last minute,'' Ohio State forward Sam Thompson said on Wednesday.
The 16th-ranked Buckeyes (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten) have a lot riding on the outcome when they play at troublesome Northwestern (13-15, 4-11) on Thursday night.
It won't take much to remind them of how dangerous the Wildcats can be.
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