Ohio State could be down two key guards on Thursday.
Buckeye head coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday that both Jamari Wheeler and Meechie Johnson will be game-time decisions ahead of Thursday's 8 p.m. tip-off on the road against Minnesota.
Holtmann said Wheeler, who has started all 16 games at point guard in his first season with Ohio State after transferring in from Penn State, has been dealing with a foot injury that has made him unavailable in practice. Wheeler is averaging 7.1 points and averaging a team-high 3.8 assists in 29.8 minutes per night – second only to E.J. Liddell.
Johnson, a freshman guard averaging 6.6 points per game off the bench for the Buckeyes, has missed the past three games after suffering a facial fracture and concussion in practice ahead of Ohio State's rematch with Wisconsin on Jan. 13.
Holtmann said both players have been day-to-day as they recover, and Johnson will have to wear a protective mask if he is able to return to action against the Gophers.