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Jan. 23, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-8, 4-3) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-8, 2-5)

Date: Jan. 25, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (18,049)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play)
Stephen Bardo (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 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, Plus One
•    The game vs. Penn State will be the 200th regular season Big Ten contest for Thad Matta while coaching the Buckeyes. The game vs. the Nittany Lions also will be the 100th Big Ten home game for Matta’s Buckeyes. Since he took over the program in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 83-16 (.838) at home and 53-47 (.530) on the road for a career record of 136-63 (.683) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle earned Co-Big Ten freshman of the week after recording Ohio State’s fifth triple-double (16p/12r/11a) all-time last week in a win vs. Rutgers. He averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists last week. Ohio State has earned 22 league freshman of the week honors, the most in the Big Ten since the award was initiated in 2010-11.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 101. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 4-t in total blocks with 38 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 8 nationally in total blocks with 117. The Buckeyes are No. 24 in defensive rebounds with 550. 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’ 38 blocks are tied for sixth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 7 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.
•    Thad Matta has coached 413 games at Ohio State, the third most in school history. Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) and Fred Taylor (1959-76), have reached 400 or more games at Ohio State. Olsen coached 456 (259-197) and Taylor 455 (297-158).
•    Currently, Matta has the second longest tenure in the Big Ten with 12 years on the sidelines in Columbus. Tom Izzo at Michigan State has been with the Spartans over the last 21 seasons.
•    As of last Friday, opponents with wins vs. the Buckeyes this season are a combined 116-31 (.789) and 34-14 (.708) in their respective conferences. Ohio State’s three losses in the Big Ten have come vs. teams with a combined record of 50-8 (.862) and a league mark of 17-3 (.850).

Ohio State vs. Penn State Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Nittany Lions 31-14. The Buckeyes are 16-4 in Columbus and 12-8 in State College. Ohio State owns the edge on neutral courts 3-2. The game at Value City Arena is the lone meeting of the year in regular season play between the teams. Thad Matta is 19-2 vs. the Nittany Lions during his head coaching career. He is 8-1 at VCA. Sophomore Jae’Sean Tate leads the Buckeyes’ current roster of players with an average of 11 points and four rebounds in the Penn State series. Classmate Kam Williams contributes 6.5 points while both junior Marc Loving and sophomore Keita Bates-Diop average 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. All four players have faced the Nittany Lions twice in their careers. Matta teams average a little more than 10 points more a game in the series with Penn State (72.4-61.5 ppg).   

Last Time vs. Penn State
Thad Matta tied a school record for coaching victories and quickly noted that players such as D’Angelo Russell make him a better coach. Russell scored 28 points and No. 23 Ohio State’s 77-67 victory over Penn State placed Matta in a tie with Fred Taylor with 297 wins with the Buckeyes. Russell sparked Matta’s record-tying win. He was 8 of 16 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range and 7 of 11 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and three assists. Jae’Sean Tate and Shannon Scott each added 13 points for the Buckeyes . Seniors D.J. Newbill (17 points) and Ross Travis (14) led Penn State. Ohio State owned a 38-31 rebounding edge, but shot 6 of 17 from 3-point range and just 23 of 36 from the foul line. The Buckeyes held Penn State to 3 of 17 from long distance. The Buckeyes didn’t pull away until the final 10 minutes. Penn State led 38-29 early in the second half, but Ohio State’s 39-16 run over the next 12 minutes provided the Buckeyes with a safe margin.

Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State enters the game with the Buckeyes with an 11-9 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Nittany Lions own wins vs. Minnesota at home and Northwestern on the road in league play. Senior forward Brandon Taylor leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points a game. Sophomore guard Shep Garner and sophomore forward Payton Banks also contribute double-digits in scoring with 14.1 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Taylor tops the squad with 6.0 caroms a contest.  

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 787-696 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 162-73 vs. league members, including a mark of 158-70 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

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