Jan. 21, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 22 Ohio State picked up a 67-49 victory over Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The Buckeyes improve to 17-4 overall and a remained perfect in Big Ten play at 8-0 with the win.
What They’re Saying – Richard Pitino, Minnesota head coach
On the Buckeyes
“They seem very, very connected. They seem like they like each other. They’ve got good chemistry. It’s easy to be in a good mood when you’re winning, too.”
– Ohio State has won five of the last six meeting against the Golden Gophers.
– The Buckeyes outscored Minnesota 40-20 in the paint.
– The Buckeyes held Minnesota to just 18 second-half points. It marked the second time in three games the Buckeyes held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in the second half (Rutgers, 15).
– Ohio State is 15-2 this season when leading at the half.
– The Buckeyes have won 10 of the last 11 meetings when they entered the game ranked in the Top 25.
– Chris Holtmann’s 8-0 start is the best record to start a Big Ten tenure since Sam Barry went 11-0 at Iowa in 1923.
– Keita Bates-Diop tallied his eighth double-double of the season and 14th of his career. The Buckeyes are 13-1 in games in which he records a double-double.
– In the game against the Golden Gophers, Bates-Diop became the 55th Buckeye to score 1,000 points in his career.
– C.J. Jackson extended his streak of making at least one 3-pointer to 17 games after connecting on three shots from long range against the Golden Gophers.
– The last time Ohio State won eight-consecutive Big Ten games during the same season was from Dec. 31, 2010 to Feb. 6, 2011, when the Buckeyes won 11-straight contests.