January 5, 2018

Buckeyes Face No. 1 Michigan State Sunday in Columbus

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Jan. 5, 2018

Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4, 3-0) vs. No. 1 Michigan State Spartans (15-1, 3-0)

Date: Jan. 7, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Television: CBS
Talent: Andrew Catalon (Play-By-Play)
Bill Raftery (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at http://www.go.osu.edu/KBDFamily.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 900 points for his career with a 27-point effort at Iowa (908)…he is two blocks shy of 100 career rejections. C.J. Jackson is five points shy of 400 for his career. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points. Kam Williams reached 900 points for his career with 13 at Iowa (911)…after a 3-6 effort from long range at Iowa, Williams has made 153 3s during his career, good for the No. 5 spot all-time in Ohio State history…Scoonie Penn and Brent Darby are tied with Williams.
• The Buckeyes are 37-69 vs. Top 5 opponents all-time. Ohio State’s last non-conference game vs. a Top 5 opponent was in New Orleans vs. No. 5 North Carolina in the CBSSports Classic (L, 86-72, 12/23/17). Ohio State’s last win vs. a Top 5 opponent was 74-67 in the CBS event over No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 19, 2015. Ohio State was unranked vs. both the Tar Heels and Wildcats. Against the nation’s No. 1 team, Ohio State is 8-11 all-time, including a 5-5 record in Columbus. The last time Ohio State faced a No. 1 team was Feb. 10, 2013 vs. Indiana in Columbus, an 81-68 win for the Hoosiers. Ohio State’s last win over a No. 1 ranked team was a 49-48 win over No. 1 Wisconsin Feb. 25, 2007 in Columbus. Ohio State was No. 2 at the time. The Buckeyes last win over No. 1 as an unranked team was March 6, 2005 over No. 1 Illinois, 65-64, in Columbus. At Value City Arena, Ohio State is 27-23 vs. ranked opponents, 23-19 vs. ranked Big Ten foes, 5-3 vs. Top 5 teams and 2-2 against No. 1 ranked competition.
• Ohio State has played both teams that competed for the 2017 NCAA title last year. The Buckeyes fell to No. 17 Gonzaga (86-59) in Portland, Oregon, in the PK80 Invitational Nov. 23. The Bulldogs fell to North Carolina in the 2017 National Championship game. The Buckeyes faced the Tar Heels Dec. 23 in New Orleans in the 2017 CBSSports Classic. No. 5 North Carolina won that game 86-72.
The last time Ohio State played both teams that participated in the national title game from the previous season was in 1993-94 when the Buckeyes traveled to No. 2 North Carolina and fell to the Tar Heels 81-68 Dec. 18, 1993 and faced Michigan twice, home and away. Ohio State fell in overtime at No. 10 Michigan 86-75 Jan. 13, 1994 and at home to No. 11 Michigan 72-70 Feb. 13, 1994. North Carolina defeated Michigan for the 1993 National Championship.
The last time Ohio State played a pair of Final Four participants from the previous season was in 2015-16 when Ohio State played Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan State, all three were Final Four participants in 2015. Ohio State defeated No. 4 Kentucky 74-67 in the CBSSports Classic (12/19/15). The Buckeyes were 0-3 vs. No. 2 Michigan State and 0-1 vs. Wisconsin, the national runner-up in 2015, during the 2016 Big Ten season.
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• Bates-Diop reached 400 rebounds (468) for his career with seven vs. Clemson…he’s averaging 8.9 boards a game this season with 143 caroms in 16 games…Jae’Sean Tate reached 1,300 career points with 18 at Iowa this year (1,300)…he’s averaging 12.9 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 31 all-time in career scoring (1,300).
30. Jamar Butler 1,313
31 Jae’Sean Tate 1,300
32. Clark Kellogg 1,285
C.J. Jackson has 12 games this season with 10 or more points, including 11 in the last 13 games …he has 37 assists and 17 turnovers in the last eight games …Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 222-81 after the win at Iowa. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade on Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just six players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is third nationally in field goal percentage (.572) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is ninth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 26 blocked shots…among players with at least 25 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.6.

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