January 13, 2018

Buckeyes Take to the Road to Face Rutgers Sunday

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Jan. 13, 2018

Ohio State Buckeyes (14-4, 5-0) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-7, 1-4)

Date: Jan. 14, 2018
Site: Rutgers Athletic Center (8,000)
Game Time: 7:06 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Brandon Gaudin (Play-By-Play)
Jon Crispin (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-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 is the first Ohio State player to score 25 or more points in three-consecutive games since Michael Redd did so vs. Penn State at St. John Arena (32, 2/28/98), vs. Indiana (25, 3/5/98) at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and vs. Oakland (29, 11/13/98). The first two games for Redd ended his freshman season while the third was the start of his sophomore campaign and the first game played at Value City Arena. Bates-Diop scored 27 at Iowa Jan. 4, 32 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 and 26 the last time out vs. Maryland Jan. 11. Redd scored 86 points over the three games while Bates-Diop totaled 85 points.
Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 5-0 record in conference play during his first season since Tom Davis went 6-0 to start the 1986 campaign at Iowa. Holtmann is the sixth coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 5-0 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
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 5-0 in 2018
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 900 points for his career with a 27-point effort at Iowa (966)…he reached 100 career rejections with a pair of swats vs. Maryland the last time out. C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State last Sunday (423)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 13 points vs. both No. 1 Michigan State and Maryland (1,326)…he’s averaging 12.9 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 29 all-time in career scoring (1,313).
27. Marc Loving 1,338
28. Jim Cleamons 1,335
29. Jae’Sean Tate 1,326
30. Aaron Craft 1,314
C.J. Jackson has 14 games this season with 10 or more points, including 13 in the last 15 games…he has 19 assists and eight turnovers in the last nine games…Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 224-81 after the win at Maryland. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade on Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just six 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 fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.569) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is ninth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 29 blocked shots…among players with at least 25 blocks, Bates-Diop has the third-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 30.4.

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