Ohio State Buckeyes beat No. 1 Duke Blue Devils in men's basketball

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The city of Columbus is the next stop on legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski’s farewell tour as the Ohio State men's basketball team prepares to welcome in Duke Tuesday night.

One of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport, the 74-year-old Krzyzewski announced before the season that this would be his last, and he plans to retire.

So far, his final season has been a success. Duke defeated previously top-ranked Gonzaga last week and assumed the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Poll pm Monday.

So Ohio State (4-2) will be looking for an upset as they host the Blue Devils (7-0) as part of the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge.

Led by possible top NBA Draft pick, Paolo Banchero, who is averaging 18.3 points and 7.6 rebounds a game, Duke is a three-point favorite against the Buckeyes.

Follow the action live with score and news updates from the Columbus Dispatch staff.

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Buckeyes never give up and knock off No. 1 Blue Devils

Duke led for 31:09 of the game. At one point early in the second half, they owned a 15-point advantage. But Zed Key scored 20 points tonight, E.J. Liddell added 14 to go along with 14 rebounds, and Cedric Russell provided six points and two rebounds in the final 2:32 of the game to put Ohio State over the top. (Russell had 8 points and 3 boards total.)

Ohio State pulls off the upset, shocks Duke

The Buckeyes went on a 12-0 run over the game's final 3:31, and that allows them to become the first team this season to knock off Duke. Fans rushed the court after the 71-66 victory, and we'll have more coverage of the wild finish coming soon on Dispatch.com.

Ohio State's E.J. Liddell celebrates with fans who stormed the court after a 71-66 upset of No. 1 Duke on Nov. 30, 2021
Ohio State's E.J. Liddell celebrates with fans who stormed the court after a 71-66 upset of No. 1 Duke on Nov. 30, 2021

It's coming down to crunch time

Ohio State has made 4 of their last 5 shots. Duke has made just 2 of their last 10. And as a result, OSU is down only one, 66-65 with 1:03 to play. On top of that, the Blue Devils Paolo Banchero has picked up his fourth foul

OSU tightens up on defense

The Buckeyes have held Duke to 7-for-26 shooting (26.9%) in the second half, and that has given Ohio State a chance. They are only down 66-61 with 3:00 to play.

Ohio State avoiding foul trouble

Ohio State's Malaki Branham just picked up his third foul, but he's the only Buckeyes player with any concerns on that front with 5 minutes left to play. Meanwhile, Duke's Theo John has already fouled out. Starting center Mark Williams has four. And Paolo Banchero and Jeremy Roach each has three.

Ohio State trails Duke 66-59.

Ohio State trails by 7 with 7:50 to play

E.J. Liddell has a season-high 12 rebounds. Zed Key leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 13. But OSU has some ground to make up, down 57-50 to Duke. The good news, if it is good news, is that Duke has committed 6 fouls since halftime.

Ohio State forces a Duke timeout

The Blue Devils are 0 for their last 7, and that caused coach Mike Krzyzewski to call a timeout to consult with his team. Duke's 3:49 scoring drought has allowed Ohio State to pull to within 6. The score is Duke 53, Ohio State 47.

More celebrity sightings

Former Buckeyes football players Joey Galloway and Cardale Jones are here watching Ohio State play Duke.

Former Buckeye Joey Galloway at the Ohio State, Duke game Nov. 30, 2021
Former Buckeye Joey Galloway at the Ohio State, Duke game Nov. 30, 2021
Former Buckeye Cardale Jones at the Ohio State, Duke game Nov. 30, 2021.
Former Buckeye Cardale Jones at the Ohio State, Duke game Nov. 30, 2021.

Halftime: Duke 43, Ohio State 30

Duke's Pablo Banchero got off to a bit of a slow start, not scoring until there was 9:48 left in the first half, but that got him going a bit, and he now has 10 points. Wendell Moore Jr. also has 10 for the Blue Devils.

Ohio State is led by Zed Key's 9 points on 4-for-6 shooting. E.J. Liddell almost has a double-double at the break with 8 points and nine rebounds. He also has 2 assists.

So why is the score as lopsided as it is? Ohio State has 9 turnovers to Duke's 4. The Buckeyes are just 3-for-10 from the free throw line, while the Blue Devils are 4-of-6. And Duke is shooting 53 percent from the field.

Celebrity watch

Spotted at tonight's Ohio State game: former Buckeye basketball legend Jerry Lucas and football greats Archie Griffin and Ryan Shazier.

Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier takes in the Buckeyes' basketball game against Duke on Nov. 30, 2021.
Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier takes in the Buckeyes' basketball game against Duke on Nov. 30, 2021.
Archie Griffin receives a fist bump from Brutus Buckeye as Jerry Lucas watches.
Archie Griffin receives a fist bump from Brutus Buckeye as Jerry Lucas watches.

Boxer Buster Douglas is also in attendance.

Boxing great Buster Douglas watches Ohio State basketball play Duke on Nov. 30, 2021.
Boxing great Buster Douglas watches Ohio State basketball play Duke on Nov. 30, 2021.

Ohio State fans getting personal

On Nov. 14, Duke basketball player Michael Savarino, who is coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson, was arrested for DWI, and teammate Paolo Banchero who police say was in the same car, was charged with aiding and abetting DWI. When Banchero has gotten to the free throw line tonight, as he just did with the Blue Devils leading 25-17, OSU fans have been chanting, "D-U-I! D-U-I!" at the 19-year old. He has a Dec. 8 court date.

Duke ties things up with a 6-0 run

The game is now knotted up at 13, and neither team's star player seems to have gotten rolling. Duke's Paolo Banchero has zero points. Ohio State's E.J. Liddell has just one 2-point basket.

Ohio State leads at the first media timeout

The Buckeyes are probably pleased with this start. With 14:55 remaining in the first half, OSU has an 8-7 edge. Malaki Branham and Zed Key each have three points. And Ohio State is getting into the paint. That's where six of the Buckeyes' points have come from, and since they are getting to the rim, they are 4-for-6 from the field.

Ohio State and Duke's starting lineups

Buckeyes

  • Justin Ahrens

  • Malaki Branham

  • Zed Key

  • E.J. Liddell

  • Jamari Wheeler

Blue Devils

  • Wendell Moore Jr.

  • Trevor Keels

  • Jeremy Roach

  • Paolo Banchero

  • Mark Williams

Tonight's officials

Ohio State's game against Duke is being officiated by Bo Boroski, Courtney Green and Rob Riley.

The Buckeyes will be without a trio of players this evening

Gene Brown III, Seth Towns and Justice Sueing are all still sidelined with injuries. Towns (back) and Sueing (abdominal surgery) were never expected to be back in time to play Duke, as both are out for the long term. But there was some hope that second-year guard Brown might return. Instead, he will miss a third straight game because he is still in concussion protocol.

OSU needs more than just E.J. Liddell to step up tonight

E.J. Liddell's 22.5 points per game make him the only Ohio State player averaging in double figures, and he’s more than doubling the production of runner-up in Kyle Young (9.6 per game). Through the first six games, Liddell has played more minutes than anyone else (172:23), taken almost twice as many shots as anyone else (Meechie Johnson has taken 44 to Liddell's 84), has attempted three times as many free throws as anyone else (Liddell has 45, Young has 15) and has blocked nearly twice as many shots as the rest of the team combined (23 for Liddell, 13 for everyone else).

Liddell and his teammates are warming up right now, and there are a lot of fans wearing Duke blue keeping an eye on the OSU forward.

Ohio State's E.J. Liddell smiles during warmups before a Nov. 30 game against the Duke Blue Devils
Ohio State's E.J. Liddell smiles during warmups before a Nov. 30 game against the Duke Blue Devils

The Nuthouse should be packed

This year’s student package for Ohio State men's basketball included 10 games for $99. Nine of the games are Big Ten matchups, while the other is tonight's showdown with Duke. The Nuthouse sold out its allotment of tickets in less than an hour this year.

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann sends pizza to waiting fans

Ohio State students wanting to see tonight's game between their Buckeyes and the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils started camping out over 39 hours before Tuesday's tipoff, which is at 9:30 p.m. Ohio State's players visited the students Monday night. Later those biding their time outside the Schottenstein Center received a little present from OSU head coach Chris Holtmann.

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