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Feb. 8, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-10, 6-5) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (16-8, 4-7)

Date: Feb. 9, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play)
Jon Crispin (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
•    Thad Matta is tied for the No. 14 spot all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 138 career league triumphs. Arthur Lonborg, who coached Northwestern from 1928-50, currently holds the No. 14 spot with Matta. Harold “Bud” Foster is at No. 13 with 143 wins at Wisconsin from 1935-59.
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds at Illinois. Marc Loving added 11 points and 10 boards to mark the fifth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 138-51 (.725) all-time when two players record a double-double. The last time an OSU duo recorded double-doubles in the same game four times was during the 2007-08 season. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in five or more games was during the 1982-83 season when it happed five times. Granville Waiters and Tony Campbell were the two players with double-doubles in all five.  
•    Since Thad Matta took over in 2004-05, there have been 16 coaching changes in the Big Ten. Matta has a 22-6 record vs. those coaches in the first year at their respective schools. Matta is 15-0 at home vs. coaches making their first trip to Value City Arena.     
•    The game vs. Penn State Jan. 25 was the 200th regular-season Big Ten contest for Thad Matta while coaching the Buckeyes. The game vs. the Nittany Lions also was the 100th Big Ten home game for Matta’s Buckeyes. Since he took over the program in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 84-17 (.831) at home and 54-48 (.529) on the road for a career record of 138-65 (.679) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 110. As a team, Ohio State is No. 8 nationally in total blocks with 135. The Buckeyes are No. 16 in defensive rebounds with 662. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Giddens’ 40 blocks are tied for fifth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 5 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Series
Ohio State leads the series with the Wildcats, 116-45. Ohio State is 67-14 in Columbus and 48-31 in Evanston. This is the second of two meetings this year with the Wildcats. The Buckeyes are 1-0 on a neutral court in the series. The Buckeyes have won the last 11 games vs. the Wildcats and 22 of the last 23. Ohio State has won the last 30 in Columbus after an 83-72 win for the Wildcats Feb. 24, 1977. Overall, Thad Matta is 18-1 vs. Northwestern and is 8-0 in Columbus and 9-1 in Evanston. Just four current Buckeyes have played two or more games in the Northwestern series with Junior Marc Loving being the most experienced with three games played. He averages 5.7 points and three rebounds in the series. Sophomore Kam Williams leads the Buckeyes vs. the Wildcats with 12 points a game. Classmate Trevor Thompson scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in meeting earlier this year in Evanston.  

Last Time vs. Northwestern
Kam Williams nailed a career-high five 3-pointers while scoring 21 to lead Ohio State to a 65-56 victory over Northwestern Jan. 3 in Evanston. Williams was about the only one connecting for either team, finishing one point shy of his season high. Trevor Thompson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State. Williams hit 5 of 9 from long range while the rest of his team combined to go 0 for 9. The Buckeyes were also 10 of 22 at the foul line, but they disrupted enough shots inside and on the perimeter to come away with a win. Northwestern couldn’t connect even when it had openings, shooting about 31 percent overall, and had another off performance from the perimeter. The Wildcats made just 6 of 25 3-pointers.  Bryant McIntosh led them with 15 points and six assists. But he also shot just 5 of 15 and committed five turnovers. Dererk Pardon grabbed 14 rebounds for the Wildcats.
 
Scouting the Wildcats
Northwestern is 16-8 overall and 4-7 in Big Ten Conference play heading into the game vs. the Buckeyes. A trio of Wildcats average 10 or more points a game led by sophomore guard Bryant McIntosh (14.8 ppg.). Graduate Tre Demps (14.8 ppg) and senior center Alex Olah (10.6 ppg.). Junior Sanjay Lumpkin is the top rebounder with 5.6 boards a game. Freshman Dererk Pardon, a Cleveland, Ohio native, averages 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State begins its 104th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2015-16. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 789-698 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 164-75 vs. league members, including a mark of 160-72 while coaching the Buckeyes.

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State notes link above.