January 27, 2017

Buckeyes, Hawkeyes Set for Saturday Tilt in Iowa City

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Jan. 27, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (13-8, 3-5) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 3-5)

Date: Jan. 28, 2017
Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Game Time: 8:05 p.m.
Television: ESPN2
Talent: Dave Flemming (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
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 82 home-and-home series in Matta’s tenure to date. The Buckeyes have swept 35 and split 38 series with Big Ten foes in Matta’s tenure. When the Buckeyes fall in the first game of a home-and-home Big Ten regular season series, Ohio State is 24-8 in the second game of the series under Matta.
• 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. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,186 is 36th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Luke Witte is No. 35 with 1,211 and No. 34 is John Havlicek with 1,223.
• Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 146 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 927 points (11.0 ppg.) and 486 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 84 career appearances…Tate reached 900 points with 13 at Nebraska…Loving has 1,186 career points (9.6 ppg.) and 469 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
• Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State for the 2004-05 season, a Buckeye has recorded 15 or more rebounds in a game 24 times, the most of any Big Ten team. Junior Trevor Thompson has four of those efforts this year with a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Connecticut Dec. 10, 2016 and 15 rebounds three times (vs. Youngstown State, at Minnesota and against Northwestern). Jared Sullinger recorded eight games with 15 or more rebounds, Greg Oden recorded five, Evan Turner and Terence Dials each had two. Othello Hunter, Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross each posted one game with 15 or more rebounds. Ohio State is 20-4 when a player records at least 15 rebounds in Matta era.
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop had season-ending surgery Jan. 25 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 449 games to date (333-116). 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.
• The Buckeyes are 5-5 on the year in games decided by five or fewer points. Wins have come against Providence (72-67), Connecticut (64-60), UNC Asheville (79-77), Michigan State (72-67), and at Nebraska (67-66). Losses have been to Virginia (63-61) on the road, Florida Atlantic (79-77), at Illinois (75-70), Purdue (76-75) and Northwestern (74-72).
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Markelle Fultz of Washington is averaging 6.0). Overall, Tate is 17th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.3 rebounds per game … he also is tied for 15th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 1.9 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson is tied for the second-most double-doubles (seven) nationally among players averaging fewer than 24 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 21 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 13.9 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.5), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (12.3), junior Trevor Thompson (11.0) and junior Kam Williams (10.1). 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. Iowa
Iowa leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 76-73. The Hawkeyes are 48-24 in Iowa City while the Buckeyes own a 47-27 advantage in Columbus. The teams have met three times on neutral courts with Ohio State owning a 2-1 lead in those games. Thad Matta teams are 13-7 overall vs. Iowa, including a 5-4 record in Iowa City. Six current Buckeyes have faced the Hawkeyes at least once with senior Marc Loving leading the way with five meetings vs. Iowa. He averages 10.4 points and 2.0 rebounds vs. the Gold and Black. Junior Kam Williams contributes 5.7 points and 1.3 rebounds a game in three career meetings. Classmate Jae’Sean Tate contributes 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two all-time meetings vs. Iowa.

Scouting the Hawkeyes
Iowa enters the game against Ohio State with an overall record of 11-10 and a 3-5 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes are led by Big Ten Conference scoring leader Peter Jok, a senior guard, who averages 21.6 points per game. Freshman forward Tyler Cook adds 12.4 ppg. Sophomore Nicholas Baer leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.

Last Time vs. Iowa
Marc Loving scored 25 points, including both ends of a 1-and-1 with less than 2 seconds to go, and Ohio State rallied from a late deficit to down No. 8 Iowa 68-64 Feb. 28, 2016 in Columbus. Keita Bates-Diop added 19 points while Kam Williams added 11 for the Buckeyes, who ended the game on a 12-2 run. After Bates-Diop preserved a two-point lead for Ohio State by blocking Mike Gesell’s layup with under 5 seconds to go, Loving made the free throws to ice the game. Williams gave the Buckeyes a 63-62 lead with a jumper with 2:04 left after Iowa led for most of the second half. He added a 3-pointer a little over a minute later to stretch Ohio State’s lead to four. Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff led Iowa with 16 points apiece while Peter Jok had 12. Iowa led by as many as six points in the second half. The Hawkeyes had a 62-56 lead after Gesell’s layup with 4:07 to go, but Williams started Ohio State’s comeback with a jumper on the next possession. Loving was 4 of 6 from 3-point range while Bates-Diop was 8 for 11 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.

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 798-706 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 173-83 vs. league members, including a mark of 169-80 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 169-80 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 333-116. In 17 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 13 at Ohio State) Matta is 173-82 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 (15-7), 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 146 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 Minnesota Game
• Ohio State is 85-57 all-time against Minnesota.
• The Buckeyes are 52-18 at home against the Golden Gophers.
• Ohio State has a record of 4-1 in the second home-and-home matchup against Minnesota when losing the first contest.
• The Buckeyes attempted 30 free throws in the contest.
• Ohio State shot 76.7 percent (23 of 30) from the free throw line on the night.
• The Buckeyes are now 11-2 this season when leading at the half.
• The Gophers shot 41 percent from the field in the contest.
• Ohio State has held its opponents to under 50 percent shooting in 20 of 21 games this season.
• Ohio State is 13-2 on the season when leading with five minutes to play.
• With Thad Matta at the helm, Ohio State has an overall record of 168-79 against Big Ten members.
• Matta owns a career record of 333-116, 173-83 against Big Ten Conference teams.
• Ohio State is 214-28 at home during the Matta era. The wins are the most nationally during that span.
• Ohio State teams are 291-32 when shooting better from the field than its opponent.
• Matta squads are now 152-10 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
• Matta-coached teams are now 282-95 when committing 15 or fewer turnovers.
• Matta teams are 64-3 in contests in which they make 20 or more free throws.
• When attempting 30 or more free throws in a contest Matta squads are 42-0
• Ohio State, under Matta, is 24-8 in the second game of a home and home when losing the first contest.
• Matta-coached teams are 217-2 in contests that his team leads at any point by 15 or more.
• Trevor Thompson had a career night, scoring a career-high 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking three shots. It was his 10th career double-double and seventh of the season.
• Thompson started the night hot, scoring 12 points in the first half including first six points of the game for the Buckeyes.
• He has now scored in double figures in seven consecutive games.
• Jae’Seasn Tate stuffed the stat sheet scoring 10 points while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal on the night.
• Tate has scored in double-digits in 19 of 21 games this season.
Marc Loving poured in 19 points on the night while adding two rebounds and two assists.
• Loving passed Frank Howard and Lawrence Funderburke on the Buckeyes’ all-time scoring list and now sits 36th all-time at Ohio State with 1,186 points.
• His 19 points were his highest mark against a Big Ten opponent this season.
Andre Wesson scored a career-high nine points, while adding a rebound, an assist and a steal in 19 minutes of action off the bench.

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