December 19, 2016

Buckeyes Take on Intrastate Foe Youngstown State Tuesday

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Dec. 19, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (8-3) vs. Youngstown Penguins (6-6)

Date: Dec. 20, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:02 p.m. (ET)
Television: ESPN3
Talent: Bob Holtzman (Play-By-Play)
Mark Adams (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored nine points vs. Connecticut the last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,079 is 44th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Mel Nowell is 43rd with 1,100.
• 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 12-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.
Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 143 career league triumphs. He is tied with Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters. The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
JaQuan Lyle needs three rebounds to get to 200 career boards as a Buckeye. Jae’Sean Tate needs 10 points to reach 800 for his career. Trevor Thompson is nine points shy of 500 for his career, which includes 342 scored at Ohio State. He is in his second year at Ohio State after a freshman season with Virginia Tech (2013-14).
• Ohio State is 232-76 vs Ohio teams all-time and 73-21 vs. Division I teams from the state of Ohio. The Buckeyes last faced an in-state rival March 15, 2016. Ohio State downed Akron 72-63 in overtime at Value City Arena. That game was part of the 2016 National Invitation Tournament.
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 122 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 54-68 in those games with a winning percentage of .443. That win total ranks No. 10 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 11 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game an another at 9.8. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.0 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (12.2), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (11.0), junior Kam Williams (10.6) and junior Trevor Thompson (10.4). Junior Keita Bates-Diop is returning from injury but is helping with 9.8 ppg. to date. Thompson’s 8.5 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 last time out 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).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Field goals made: Jae’Sean Tate (61/9th)
FG percentage: Jae’Sean Tate (.550/3rd)
Offensive rebounds: Jae’Sean Tate (26/9th)
Defensive rebounds: Trevor Thompson (72/3rd)
Total rebounds: Trevor Thompson (94/6th)
Assists: JaQuan Lyle (61/3rd)
Steals: Kam Williams (15/9th)
Blocked shots: Trevor Thompson (20/4th)
2-point FG percentage: Jae’Sean Tate (.590/3rd)

Ohio State vs. Youngstown State Series
The Buckeyes and Penguins will be meeting for just the fourth time in history when Youngstown State travels to Columbus for the 7 p.m. game Tuesday at Value City Arena. The teams first met Dec. 16, 1982 at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes. Ohio State won that game 81-53. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 11 in the next meeting, a 112-67 win Dec. 1, 1990, also at St. John Arena. The most recent game was a 91-57 win for the No. 4 ranked Buckeyes Nov. 24, 2006. That game was played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus. Overall, Ohio State is 24-1 vs. current Horizon League teams. The last time Ohio State faced a member of the Horizon League was Dec. 27, 2014, a 100-55 win for the then No. 21 Buckeyes over Wright State at Value City Arena.

Ohio State vs. the Horizon League
Cleveland State………………….. 7-1
Detroit …………………………….. 2-0
Green Bay…………………………. 1-0
Illinois-Chicago…………………. 1-0
Milwaukee…………………………. 2-0
Oakland…………………………….. 2-0
Valparaiso…………………………. 2-0
Wright State………………………. 4-0
Youngstown State………………. 3-0
Totals…………………………. 24-1

Scouting the Penguins
Youngstown State enters the game with the Buckeyes 6-6. The Penguins have won three of the last five games, including a 101-97 overtime victory over Niagara the last time out Dec. 14 at YSU. Junior guard Cameron Morse leads the squad with 23.8 points per game. He is followed by junior guard Francisco Santiago with 13.6 ppg. and senior forward Matt Donlan with 11.8 ppg. Senior center Jorden Kaufman leads the team on the glass with 7.2 boards a game.

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