Sept. 29, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team hosted its annual media day Thursday afternoon. Head coach Thad Matta and upperclassmen met with members of the media to share their outlook on the 2016-17 season.
HEAD COACH Thad Matta
Thad Matta begins his 13th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s all-time winningest coach has won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four conference tournament championships during his tenure.
A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes return a veteran lineup in 2016-17 led by senior Marc Loving and juniors Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate, Trevor Thompson and Kam Williams. Sophomore JaQuan Lyle, who started 31 of 35 games a year ago as a freshman, also returns. In all, Ohio State returns its top six scorers and five of the team’s top rebounders. The top returning offensive players have played in a combined 366 games with 172 starts.
NOTING THE 2016-17 SCHEDULE
– Ohio State will open the 2016-17 season on the road for the first time since the 2003-04 season and for the first time in the Thad Matta Era at Ohio State. The Buckeyes face Navy in the 2016 Veterans Classic Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland.
– The Buckeyes will have 19 home games in 2016-17 plus an exhibition contest vs. Walsh Nov. 6.
– Eight Big Ten Conference opponents take on the Buckeyes once this year. Ohio State travels only to Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State. Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Rutgers travel only to Columbus. Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin take on the Buckeyes both home and away.
– Ohio State will play 13 regular-season games against 10 teams that advanced to NCAA Tournament play in 2016. Six of those games will be on the road vs. Maryland, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan and Virginia. The Buckeyes face Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana and Providence at home.