November 9, 2018

Buckeyes Open Home Slate Sunday Against Purdue Fort Wayne

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Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayNov. 20, 2018
OpponentSamford
SiteValue City Arena (19,049)
Time7 p.m. ET
TelevisionBTN Plus
TalentDylan Tyrer (Play-By-Play)
James Zajaczkowski (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
RadioOSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
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Local RadioWBNS-FM 97.1
AM-1460
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Radio TalentPaul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
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Game NotesOhio State | Samford | Big Ten
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Starting Five

  • The Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to Spain for 11 days over the summer. The Buckeyes played a total of three games, one in each stop during the trip, which began Aug. 1 with a flight to Madrid. Three days were spent in Madrid (W, 93-61 vs. Madrid Generals), Valencia (W, 95-63 vs. Valencia All-Stars) and Barcelona (W, 68-66 vs. Catalan All-Stars) before the team returned to Columbus Aug. 11. The team also experienced several cultural tours, team meals and excursions.
  • Chris Holtmann and the coaching staff welcomed its first full recruiting class to campus in June. Guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. along with forwards Jaedon LeDee and Justin Ahrens comprise the freshman class. Fifth-year transfer Keyshawn Woods along with Florida State transfer C.J. Walker also joined the squad last summer. Woods was eligible immediately for one year after transferring from Wake Forest. Walker will sit out the 2018-19 season and will have two remaining years of eligibility beginning with the 2019-20 season.
  • The Buckeyes opened the season on the road at Cincinnati last Wednesday at renovated Fifth-Third Arena. The teams had not met in the regular season since 1921. The Buckeyes had played just once at Cincinnati. That game took place in 1920. Prior to the win last week (64-56) the teams last met in 2012, an 81-66 Ohio State win in the NCAA East Regional Semifinals in Boston.
  • Ohio State will appear on four major television networks again in 2018-19. This season marks the second year in which FOX will televise Big Ten Conference games. The Buckeyes, who have traditionally appeared on CBS, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, will appear on FOX and/or FS1 four times this season. The first appearance will be at home Nov. 23 vs. Cleveland State at historic St. John Arena in the 2018 Buckeye Classic. (8 p.m./FS1).
  • Ohio State will play 13 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Eight of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 10 Michigan State (home/away), No. 16 Syracuse (home), No. 19 Michigan (away), No. 21 UCLA (neutral) and No. 24 Purdue (home/away). Teams receiving votes are Cincinnati (road), Indiana (road), Nebraska (road), Maryland (home/away) and Wisconsin (home).

On the Road in Ohio-Cincinnati Opener
Ohio State opened the 2018-19 season officially last Wednesday at Cincinnati, the first meeting against the Bearcats on either team’s campus since 1921 (Columbus/L, 33-17/Dec. 10, 1921) and the first time at Cincinnati since the 1920 season (Cincinnati/W, 35-13/Jan. 3, 1920). Ohio State is 7-4 all-time vs. the Bearcats after a hard-fought 64-56 win. Three of the last five meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati defeated the Buckeyes for the national championship in both 1961 and 1962. Ohio State defeated UC in the 2006 Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis (72-50) and then most recently in the 2012 NCAA East Regional Semifinals in Boston (81-66). The last time Ohio State had opened a season on the road was during the 2016-17 season when the Buckeyes traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, to face Navy in the Veterans Classic. Ohio State won that game 78-68 Nov. 11, 2016. Ohio State and Cincinnati will open the 2019-20 season in Columbus to complete the home-and-home agreement.

Noting the Cincinnati Game
– Ohio State has won its season opener in each of the last 15 seasons. The last loss to begin the year was in 2003 at San Francisco.
– The last time Ohio State played at Cincinnati was in 1920. The Buckeyes are now 2-0 when playing at Cincinnati.
– Ohio State improves to 7-4 against the Bearcats all-time.
– The Buckeyes finished with a field goal percentage of 43 percent against Cincinnati, who recorded a 27 percent field goal percentage.
– Ohio State outshot Cincinnati from 3-point range, finishing eight of 20 shots while the Bearcats went 6 for 26.
– The Buckeyes and the Bearcats both netted 16 free throws in the contest and nine points from players coming off the bench.
– Ohio State held the Bearcats to 18 first-half points, the fewest points scored in a half against the Buckeyes since the second half against Minnesota (18) Jan. 20 of last season.
– The Buckeyes held the Bearcats to 27 percent shooting for the game (17-62). The last team that failed to reach a 30-percent shooting percentage was Rutgers (17-59/.288) Jan. 14 of last year.
– Ohio State is 27-14 in games against opponents from the American Athletic Conference.
– Ohio State improves to 56-59 in the first true road game of the season.
– Chris Holtmann is now 2-0 in the season-opening game as head coach of the Ohio State basketball team.
– Holtmann’s record at Ohio State improves to 26-9. He recorded his 140th win of his career as a head coach in the win over Cincinnati.
– Holtmann improves to 3-0 against Cincinnati in his career as a head coach.
– Kaleb Wesson led the scoring effort for the Buckeyes with 15 points in the contest.
– The sophomore tied his career high blocks with two against Cincinnati. He has recorded two blocks in six games of his career.
– Wesson finished with seven rebounds and went 4 for 6 from the free throw line.
– In the season opener, Kyle Young recorded a career-high 10 points for the Buckeyes.
– Young went 6 for 7 from the free-throw line, setting career highs in both makes and attempts
– The sophomore recorded eight rebounds for the team, tying his career high total. The last time he grabbed eight rebounds was against the Citadel Dec. 19 of last year.
– C.J. Jackson recorded 13 points in the contest. The senior finished 5 for 6 from the line and recorded two threes.
– Freshmen Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. along with graduate transfer Keyshawn Woods all made their Ohio State debuts.
– Muhammad made his first career start and finished with 11 points.
– Washington Jr. made the first shot of his career, a 3. Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young each made their first shots as Buckeyes, both 2-pointers, against Robert Morris in 2017. JaQuan Lyle and Austin Grandstaff were the last Buckeyes to make 3s in their first career shot attempts (vs. Mt. St. Mary’s in 2015.

Scouting Purdue Fort Wayne
UCLA, another 2018-19 Ohio State opponent, played host to Purdue Fort Wayne last Tuesday in Los Angeles. The No. 20 Bruins earned a 96-71 victory. John Konchar, a 6-5 senior from West Chicago, Illinois, scored 25 points to lead the Mastodons. He also led the team with eight rebounds and six assists. Purdue Fort Wayne won its home opener last Thursday against Earlham College, 112-51, before the trip to Columbus. Jarred Godfrey, a freshman guard, came off the bench to score 23 points on 9 of 10 shooting. He also had four steals and six rebounds in 19 minutes.

Ohio State vs. the Summit League
The Buckeyes have faced teams representing the Summit League on seven occasions, winning six. Ohio State last faced a current Summit League member earlier this year in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Boise, Idaho, when the Buckeyes defeated South Dakota State 81-73 March 15.