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Nov. 25, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1) vs. Butler Bulldogs (4-2)

Date: Nov. 26, 2017
Site: Veterans Memorial Coliseum (12,888)
Game Time: 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET
Television ESPN2
Talent: Doug Sherman (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
Myron Metcalf (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Matt Andrews (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• Ohio State (5-1) fell in its opener in the PK80 to No. 17 Gonzaga last Thursday, 86-59. Jae’Sean Tate and C.J. Jackson each had 12 points while Keita Bates-Diop had 10 rebounds. The Buckeyes returned to the winning side of the ledger with a 79-71 win Friday vs. Stanford. A pair of Buckeyes recorded double-doubles vs. the Cardinal, led by an 18-point, 11 rebound effort from junior Keita Bates-Diop and 14 points, 10 boards from senior Jae’Sean Tate. Junior point guard C.J. Jackson recorded a career high night with 23 points.
• The Buckeyes will face Butler at 3:30 p.m. (ET), 12:30 p.m. (PT) Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in downtown Portland. The Bulldogs advanced by beating Portland State, 71-69 Friday.
• The win vs. Stanford was the first for head coach Chris Holtmann away from Columbus. He is 119-86 in seven seasons as a head coach, three each at Gardner-Webb and Butler and this his first season at Ohio State (5-1).
• Ohio State is playing six games in 12 days with all six coming against high major basketball opponents. After facing Gonzaga Thursday, the Buckeyes defeated Stanford Friday. Butler is the final opponent in the final PK80 game for the Buckeyes Sunday. The Buckeyes return home to face Clemson Nov. 29 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten season opens Dec. 2 at Wisconsin before the stretch ends in Columbus vs. Michigan Dec. 4.
• The last time Ohio State played in Portland, Oregon, the Buckeyes qualified for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and played VCU and Arizona in the Moda Center. Ohio State defeated VCU in overtime 75-72 March 19, 2015 before falling to No. 5 Arizona 73-58.

Noting the Stanford Game
• The game marked the fourth meeting between Ohio State and Stanford. The Buckeyes are 39-38 all-time vs. members of the Pac-12 Conference.
• Ohio State won its first game vs. the Cardinal in the series (1-3).
Kaleb Wesson made his second career start and responded with 10 points and three rebounds. He had 10 points and four boards vs. Gonzaga in his first career start. He replaced sophomore Micah Potter, who did not play vs. Gonzaga because of a left high-ankle sprain suffered in the second half of the Northeastern game. Potter returned to action vs. Stanford (2pts/2 rebs/6 mins). off the bench.
• Senior Jae’Sean Tate tallied 14 points to increase his career point total to 1,181. He is currently No. 37 on the all-time Ohio State scoring list behind ahead of No. 38 Lawrence Funderburke (1,179) and behind No. 36 Luke Witte (1,211).
• Tate reached 600 career rebounds with 10 vs. the Cardinal. He now has 603 over 101 career appearances (6.0 rpg.).
• Junior Keita-Bates Diop grabbed 11 rebounds, marking the fifth time in six games he has reached double-digits in rebounding on the year. He averages a double-double on the year with 17.0 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.
• With 18 points, Bates-Diop eclipsed the 700-career point mark for his career. He is averaging 17 points a game for the Buckeyes this season and averages 8.7 points a game for his career.
• Bates-Diop and Tate each recorded double-doubles in the win. Bates-Diop (18/11) has 10 career games with 10 or more points and rebounds and four this season. Ohio State is 10-0 when he records a double-double. Tate has12 career double-double games. OSU is 9-3 on this contests.
• Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks) in 897 games. The Buckeyes are 626-271 in those contests (.698). Keita Bates-Diop (18/11) and Jae’Sean Tate are the last to record a double-double (Stanford, 11/24/17) for the Buckeyes.
• Ohio State is 144-51 all-time when two players reach a double-double in a single game and 626-271 when at least one player does so.
• Junior C.J. Jackson recorded a career-high with 23 points in the win vs. Stanford. He connected on 7 of 14 shots from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He also added six rebound, three assists and a steal in 36 minutes vs. the Cardinal.
• Ohio State trailed Stanford 31-21 late in the first half before going on a 27-7 run to take control of the game. The last time Ohio State overcame a 10 or more point deficit to win was against Michigan a season ago when after being down 19-8 early if the first half, the Buckeyes rallied to win 70-66 Feb. 4, 2017 in Ann Arbor.

Series History vs. Butler
Ohio State is 31-10 all-time in the series vs. the Butler Bulldogs. The Buckeyes are 65-29 vs. teams currently representing the Big East Conference. Butler has by far faced Ohio State the most of any other Big East squad. The Buckeyes have a winning record against each of the 10 current Big East teams.

Ohio State vs. the BIG EAST
Butler 31-10
Creighton 5-3
DePaul 5-4
Georgetown 3-2
Marquette 7-4
Providence 2-0
St. John’s 4-2
Seton Hall 3-2
Villanova 2-1
Xavier (OH) 3-1
Totals 65-29

More of the Butler Series
Ohio State traveled to Butler for the final game of a four-game series with the Bulldogs in 2009. The current series began in Columbus Nov. 22, 2005, an overtime victory for the Buckeyes, 79-69. Ohio State then traveled to Indianapolis Dec. 1, 2007 and fell 65-46 to the No. 16-ranked Bulldogs. The teams played in 2008 Columbus with Ohio State winning 54-51 Dec. 13, 2008. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 21 in that meeting. The last time the teams played, in Indianapolis, marked the first time in the series history both teams entered the game ranked among the Associated Press Top 25. The Buckeyes were No. 13 while the Bulldogs came in at No. 22. Butler won that game 74-66.

SERIES INFORMATION
Series Ohio State leads 31-10
Games at Ohio State Ohio State leads 20-2
Games at Butler Ohio State leads 11-8

SERIES HISTORY
Date W/L Opp. Score
12/31/24 W Butler …………………………………… 34-25
2/3/40 W Butler …………………………………… 51-45
12/14/40 L @Butler ………………………………… 49-51
2/1/41 L @Butler ………………………………… 30-52
1/27/47 L @Butler ………………………………… 50-54
1/26/48 L Butler …………………………………… 47-57
12/4/48 W Butler …………………………………… 60-48
12/10/49 W @Butler ………………………………… 67-65
3/9/50 W Butler ……………………………….. 66(2)-65
12/6/50 W Butler …………………………………… 72-50
12/15/51 W Butler …………………………………… 75-74
12/13/52 L @Butler ………………………………… 60-63
12/5/53 W @Butler ………………………………… 93-78
12/4/54 W Butler …………………………………… 98-80
12/3/55 W @Butler ………………………………… 73-51
12/1/56 W Butler …………………………………… 98-82
12/7/57 L Butler (ot) ……………………………… 73-77
12/13/58 W @Butler ………………………………… 81-69
12/7/59 W Butler …………………………………… 99-66
12/18/59 W @Butler ………………………………… 96-68
12/27/62 W @Butler …………………………….. 66(2)-62
12/2/63 W Butler ……………………………….. 74(7)-68
12/9/64 W Butler …………………………………… 67-66
12/8/65 W @Butler ………………………………… 75-74
12/1/66 W Butler …………………………………… 74-67
12/22/67 W @Butler ………………………………… 71-69
12/22/68 W Butler ……………………………… 74(17)-71
12/6/69 W @Butler …………………………. 112(18)-89
12/21/70 W Butler …………………………………… 96-77
12/18/71 W @Butler …………………………… 82(10)-70
12/16/72 W Butler …………………………………… 86-55
12/27/73 W @Butler ………………………………… 77-63
12/2/74 W Butler …………………………………… 96-69
11/29/75 L @Butler ………………………………… 67-70
11/27/76 W Butler …………………………………… 69-66
11/25/78 L @Butler ………………………………… 86-87
1/2/81 W Butler …………………………………… 66-48
11/22/05 W Butler (ot) ……………………………… 79-69
12/1/07 L @Butler …………………………… 46-65(16)
12/13/08 W Butler ……………………………… 54(21)-51
12/12/09 L @Butler………………… 66(13)-74(22)

Ohio State, Butler Connection
Chris Holtmann and his entire coaching staff left Butler following the 2016-17 season to take over the Ohio State program last June. Holtmann coached for three seasons in Indianapolis before taking over at Ohio State. Holtmann was 70-31 at Butler, making three NCAA Tournaments. He was named Big East Coach of the Year following the 2017 NCAA Sweet 16 campaign (25-9).

Ohio State Faces Several in AP Top 25
The Buckeyes will face five opponents in 2017-18 ranked among the nation’s Top 25 in the current Associated Press Poll. The Buckeyes opened the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland vs. No. 17 Gonzaga, the runner-up in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Thursday (L 86-59). North Carolina, the 2017 National Champion, also is on Ohio State’s schedule and ranked nationally. The Tar Heels, ranked No. 9, will meet the Buckeyes Dec. 23 in New Orleans as part of the 2017 CBSSports Classic. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes meet No. 4 Michigan State (H), No. 14 Minnesota (N) and No. 18 Purdue (A) once this season. Northwestern (A), Michigan (H/A) and Maryland (H) are receiving votes for Top 25 consideration.

Bates-Diop Returns
After sitting out all but nine games in 2016-17 with a stress fracture in his left leg, Keita Bates-Diop is back healthy and making significant contributions to the Buckeyes this season. Bates-Diop has two seasons of eligibility remaining after receiving a medical redshirt after last season. Bates-Diop averages 8.7 points and just under five rebounds a game in 81 career appearances. His ability to block shots (83 career rejections) and convert at the foul line (112-146/.767) also adds balance to the Ohio State offensive and defensive efforts this year.

Two on Pace for 1,000 Career Points
Jae’Sean Tate became the 54th player to accomplish the feat of scoring 1,000 career points at Ohio State with 20 points at Maryland Feb. 11. He has 1,181 points (11.7 ppg.) 101 career appearances. This year, fifth-year senior Kam Williams (818 career points) and redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop (702) are within striking distance or reaching 1,000 points. Williams scored 300 points as a junior and 290 during his sophomore season. Bates-Diop tallied 388 points as a sophomore in 2015-16. He missed all but nine games a year ago with a leg injury.

Tate in Exclusive Club, Bates-Diop on Pace
Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate entered both the 1,000 career-point and 500 career-rebound club last season with 458 points and 205 boards. He currently owns 1,181 points and 603 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop could become the 28th Buckeye in history with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds with a strong junior campaign. In 81 career games, Bates-Diop has 702 points and 386 boards. He scored 388 points as a true sophomore with 210 rebounds. He missed all but nine games last year with injury but added 87 points and 47 caroms to his career totals.

Holtmann vs. the Ranked
In six seasons as a head coach, three at Gardner Webb (2011-13) and three at Butler (2015-17), Chris Holtmann is 13-16 overall against opponents ranked among the Associated Press Top 25. He was 0-2 at GW and 13-13 at Butler. His teams were 6-9 vs. Top 10 foes at Butler and 3-4 vs. Top 5 opponents. Ohio State fell to No. 17 Gonzaga Thursday in Portland in Holtmann’s first opportunity vs. a ranked foe as Ohio State’s head coach.

Holtmann’s 3 wins vs. Top 5 Opponents
Date Opponent AP Rank Score
11/26/14 1-North Carolina No. 5 74-66
1/4/17 Villanova No. 1 66-58
2/22/17 at Villanova No. 2 74-66
1-Imperial Arena, Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Bahamas

Ohio State vs. The Ranked
The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 163-260 (0-1 in 2017-18) vs. ranked opponents in the Associated Press Top 25. That includes a mark of 68-131 vs. Top 10 foes. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 493-142 all-time. In games when both teams enter with a Top 25 ranking, Ohio State is 75-73. When ranked among the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 336-75.
All-Time (2017-18)
Ohio State in Top 25 493-143 (0-0)
Ohio State in Top 10 336-75 (0-0)
Ohio State vs. Top 25 163-260 (0-1)
Ohio State vs. Top 10 68-131 (0-0)
Ohio State as No. 1 (AP) 72-6 (0-0)
Ohio State as No. 1 (ESPN) 24-4 (0-0)
Both Teams Ranked in Top 25 75-74 (0-0)