January 24, 2018

Buckeyes, Nittany Lions Tip at 8 p.m. Thursday in Columbus

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Jan. 24, 2018

No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5)

Date: Jan. 25, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Jeff Levering (Play-By-Play)
Shon Morris (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan, 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.
Keita Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year.
Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• 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.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,033)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (518) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-277)…Bates-Diop is 50th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 20-point effort against Nebraska.
48. Jamie Skelton 1,055
Ken Johnson 1,055
50. Keita Bates-Diop 1,033
51. Bill Andreas 1,023
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (467)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 18 games…Jackson has 17 games this season with 10 or more points, including 16 in the last 19 games…he has 38 assists and 13 turnovers in the last eight games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 17 points vs. Nebraska the last time out (1,371)…he’s averaging 12.6 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 26 all-time in career scoring (1,371). Brian Brown is 25th with 1,384 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Jae’Sean Tate 1,371
27. Brent Darby 1,368
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 228-81 after the win vs. Nebraska. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just seven 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 second nationally in field goal percentage (.552) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 39 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8.

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