Ohio State wasted no time staking its claim as the team to beat in the Big Ten.

Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15, and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the conference opener for both teams.

C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 points, and Duane Washington Jr., and Kyle Young had 10 apiece to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-1.

Amir Coffey led Minnesota (6-2) with 19 points, and Dupree McBrayer added 13.

Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer, right, charges Ohio State's Kyle Young during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Minnesota’s Dupree McBrayer, right, charges Ohio State’s Kyle Young during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cold shooting and bad rebounding put Minnesota in a big early hole. The Gophers failed to grab an offensive rebound in the first 10 minutes of the game.

“If you are not going to bring good physical basketball, you are not going to win in this league,” Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. “(Ohio State is) really good at simple good basketball.

“They are really physical — tough and physical. And they impose it on you.”

Ohio State's Andre Wesson, left, looks for an open pass as Minnesota's Jordan Murphy defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ohio State’s Andre Wesson, left, looks for an open pass as Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State dominated every aspect from scoring to rebounding, and overwhelmed its Big Ten rival from the start. Minnesota struggled to find the basket up close and at a distance, and never challenged.

FRESHMAN FROM AFAR

Minnesota's Amir Coffey, left, and Gabe Kalscheur, center, trap Ohio State's C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Minnesota’s Amir Coffey, left, and Gabe Kalscheur, center, trap Ohio State’s C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. is 15 of 34 from 3-point range in eight games.

MILESTONE

Minnesota senior forward Jordan Murphy is just one point away from 1,400 points to go with 1,000 rebounds in his career, which would make him the 11th player in Big Ten history to that milestone.

Minnesota's Jarvis Omersa, left, drives to the basket against Ohio State's Andre Wesson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Minnesota’s Jarvis Omersa, left, drives to the basket against Ohio State’s Andre Wesson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

INJURY REPORT

The Buckeyes played their first game without freshman guard Luther Muhammad in the lineup. He dislocated his shoulder against Syracuse and is out indefinitely. Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said Muhammad continues to rehab, and there is no timetable on his return. Muhammad is averaging 27.9 minutes and 8.9 points.

UP NEXT

Minnesota's Gabe Kalscheur, right, drives to the basket against Ohio State's C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Minnesota’s Gabe Kalscheur, right, drives to the basket against Ohio State’s C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Minnesota: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night.

Ohio State: Faces Illinois at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.

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Source: The Associated Press

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