January 24, 2017

Buckeyes Complete Home and Home Series with Gophers Wednesday

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Jan. 24, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (12-8, 2-5) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-5, 3-4)

Date: Jan. 25, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play)
Jon Crispin (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81/XM 81
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• In Thad Matta’s 13 seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have been swept in a regular season home-and-home series with a Big Ten foe just nine times. Ohio State has played 81 home-and-home series in Matta’s tenure to date entering the home game vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes have swept 35 and split 37 series with Big Ten foes in Matta’s tenure. Minnesota has swept one regular season series with the Buckeyes. That came in Matta’s first year in 2005.
• Thad Matta sits fourth and has advanced to the second round of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Second-round voting is open now and runs through Feb. 12. Vote daily for Coach Matta and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti.
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored five points vs. Nebraska the last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,167 is 37th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with Frank Howard. Lawrence Funderburke is No. 36 with 1,179 career points.
• Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 145 career league triumphs. He passed Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who won 143 league encounters with the win over Michigan State (72-67/Jan. 15 in Columbus). The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
Jae’Sean Tate and Marc Loving are working on becoming Ohio State’s 26th/27th players with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…Tate has 917 points (11.0 ppg.) and 479 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 83 career appearances…Tate reached 900 points with 13 at Nebraska…Loving has 1,167 career points (9.6 ppg.) and 467 career rebounds (3.8 rpg.)…Deshaun Thomas was the most recent Buckeye to join the 1,000/500 club in 2013…he finished with 1,630/560.

Off The Bench
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop will have season-ending surgery on his left leg to repair a stress fracture he has been battling since missing about two months of summer workouts with the injury. Bates-Diop played in nine games this season around illness, a right ankle sprain sustained in the Providence game (Nov. 17) and lingering pain from the left-leg stress fracture. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Ohio State will apply for a medical redshirt season on Bates-Diop’s behalf following the 2016-17 campaign. If granted, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
• Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games (11-7 in 2016) over the last 11 seasons, the longest streak in school history and the longest streak among Big Ten schools over Thad Matta’s 13-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Wisconsin (12-6 in conference play last year) has a streak of 10-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 124 opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the third-most games against ranked foes in all of NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The Buckeyes are 54-70 in those games with a winning percentage of .435. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
• Matta is closing on the Ohio State record for most games coached in a career. His teams have played in 448 games to date (332-116). Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) coached in 456 games (259-197) and Fred Taylor was on the sidelines for 455 career games (297-158) from 1959-76.
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Juwan Parker of Georgia is averaging 6.1). Overall, Tate is 17tg nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.3 rebounds per game … he also is tied for 10th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 1.9 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson is tied for the most double-doubles (six) nationally among players averaging fewer than 23 minutes per game. In games where Thompson comes off the bench, he is averaging the second-most rebounds per game nationally at 8.5.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 19 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.1 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.1), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (12.4), junior Trevor Thompson (10.7) and junior Kam Williams (10.3). Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is out for the remainder of the season (stress fracture, left leg) averaged 9.7 ppg. in nine appearances this year. Thompson’s 9.3 rebounds a game leads the team.

Thompson’s Effort on the Glass vs. UConn One of Best in Matta Era
Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, there have been eight games in which a Buckeye recorded 17 or more rebounds. Trevor Thompson recorded a career-best with 17 boards vs. Connecticut. He also tallied a career-high 17 points in the 64-60 win last Saturday in Columbus. Both Greg Oden (vs. Purdue, 3/10/07) and Jared Sullinger (vs. South Carolina Dec. 18, 2010) recorded 19-rebound games. Sullinger also had a pair of games with 18 boards (both vs. Northwestern 3/11/11, 2/29/12). Evan Turner recorded two games with 17 caroms (vs. Alcorn State 11/9/09; and James Madison 11/12/09). Turner’s effort vs. Alcorn State was part of triple-double in which he scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Terence Dials also grabbed 17 boards in a game vs. Illinois (12/12/06).

Ohio State vs. Minnesota
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Gophers 84-57. Ohio State owns a 51-18 advantage in Columbus while the Gophers are 39-31 in Minneapolis. The teams have met twice on neutral courts in the Big Ten Tournament with the Buckeyes owning wins in both games. Thad Matta teams are 14-7 overall vs. Minnesota, including an 8-1 record in Columbus. Seven current Buckeyes have faced the Golden Gophers at least once with senior Marc Loving leading the way with six meetings vs. Minnesota. He averages 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds vs. the Maroon and Gold. Junior Jae’Sean Tate contributes 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in four career meetings.

Scouting the Gophers
Minnesota visits the Buckeyes with a record of 15-5 overall and a 3-4 mark in the Big Ten. Junior Nate Mason leads Minnesota in scoring with 13.7 points per game. He is joined by sophomore Dupree McBrayer (11.8 ppg.) and freshman Amir Coffey (12.3 ppg.) in scoring double figures for the Gophers. Jordan Murphy, a sophomore, leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 boards a game.

Last Time vs. Minnesota
Amir Coffey had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, helping the Gophers stave off a setback at home with a 78-68 victory over Ohio State Jan. 8 in Minneapolis. The Gophers, who entered the game with the best field goal percentage defense in the Big Ten, held the Buckeyes without a basket for an 8:03 stretch early in the first half on their way to a 26-8 lead. Akeem Springs scored 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for the Gophers to help beat the Buckeyes for only the second time in the last 12 meetings. Jae’Sean Tate had 20 points and nine rebounds and Trevor Thompson had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Ohio State.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is competing in its 105th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2016-17. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 797-706 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 172-83 vs. league members, including a mark of 168-80 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Streak vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in 12 of his 13 full seasons in Columbus. Matta is 164-36 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 168-80 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 332-116. In 17 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 13 at Ohio State) Matta is 172-82 vs. the current roster of Big Ten teams. He has winning records vs. 10-of-13 league opponents: ILL (17-6), IND (12-10), IOWA (13-7), MICH (19-7), MINN (14-7), NW (19-2), PSU (21-2), PUR (18-9), NEB (10-1) and RUT (3-0). He is four games under .500 vs. Michigan State (12-15) and is one under vs. Wisconsin (12-14) and Maryland (2-3).

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 145 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play to rank No. 13 all-time in Big Ten history. Ohio State’s Harold Olsen (1923-46) holds down the No. 12 spots with 154 all-time league wins.

Noting the Northwestern Game
• Ohio State leads the all-time series against Northwestern, 117-46.
• The Buckeyes ended their 31 home game win streak over the Wildcats. The last time Northwestern defeated Ohio State in Columbus was on Feb. 24, 1977, 87-72.
• The Buckeyes have now held 18 of 19 opponents to shooting under 50 percent on the night. Northwestern made 38 percent of its shots.
• Ohio State outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 28-20.
• Four Buckeyes scored in double figures.
• Thad Matta-coached teams are now 19-2 overall against Northwestern.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State has an overall record of 168-70 against Big Ten members.
• Matta owns a career record of 332-116, 172-83 against Big Ten Conference teams.
Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes in scoring as he tallied 14 points, six rebounds and two assists in the game.
JaQuan Lyle went for 13 points, four assists and two rebounds.
• Lyle has scored in double figures 14 times this season.
• Trevor Thompson led the Buckeyes in rebounds as he grabbed 15 and scored 11 points.
• Thompson reached a season high in offensive boards with seven.
• Thompson has scored in double figures in five-consecutive games.
Kam Williams scored 10 points and was responsible for two assists.
• Williams scored in double figures for the 11th time this season.

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