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Ohio State vs. Minnesota: Status of Jamari Wheeler, Jamison Battle, others on Thursday

Both teams have plenty of key injuries. We go over who is in and who is out here.

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Jamari Wheeler dribbles as Penn State Nittany Lions guard Dallion Johnson defends during the second half at Value City Arena.  Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Update 6:40 p.m. Meechie Johnson is IN for tonight for the Buckeyes.

Update 6:36 p.m. Wheeler is OUT for Ohio State tonight.

Update 6:25 p.m. It looks like Jamison Battle will be a go tonight for the Gophers, but Eric Curry will be out once again.

On the other side, Jamari Wheeler and Meechie Johnson both went through warmups, but are still game time decisions according to the team.


The No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes will head on the road to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and both teams are dealing with a ton of injuries to key players down the roster.

For Ohio State, Jamari Wheeler and Meechie Johnson Jr. are game-time decisions for this matchup. Wheeler is battling a foot injury and has been limited in practice, while Johnson missed the last three games with a facial fracture and concussion.

Wheeler is Ohio State’s leading assist man with 3.8 points per game, and he averages 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He also leads the Buckeyes with 1.6 steals per game. Johnson averages 6.6 points per game and plays 19.7 minutes per game.

Minnesota has all sorts of issues with their top players with leading scorer Jamison Battle listed as questionable with an illness, and Eric Curry could be held out again with an ankle injury. Head coach Ben Johnson said he expects EJ Stephens to be be back, and walk-on Will Ramberg suffered a broken hand.

Battle is one of the top scorers in the Big Ten with 18 points per game, and Curry is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.8 boards per game with 8.7 points per contest. Stephens is the third leading scorer with 12 points per game, and Ramberg averages just 4.4 minutes per game.

Right now at DraftKings Sportsbook, the Buckeyes are listed as a 6.5-point favorite. The total sits at 134.5.