Jan. 15, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State moved to 6-0 in Big Ten play with a 68-46 over Rutgers Sunday night at Rutgers Athletic Center.
What They’re Saying – Steve Pikiell, Rutgers head coach
On what Ohio State did well against the Scarlet Knights
“Ohio State, in all the tapes I’ve watched, they’re playing at a great pace. They have the player of the year right now who is playing as well as anybody. He’s been causing a lot of problems. I thought we had the right matchups against him and we have shut down guys in the past. He’s averaging 20, he got 20 and we were trying to cut him in half. Sometimes I think your length does that. It didn’t help us on the backboards today. We certainly, when we play an elite team like Ohio State, we have to play elite and we didn’t.”
– Keita Bates-Diop earned his third Big Ten Player of the Week award after averaging 23 points and 8.5 rebounds in 22-point wins over Maryland and at Rutgers last week.
– The Buckeyes allowed a season-low 46 points against the Scarlet Knights.
– The contest also marked season lows for Ohio State in field goals allowed (17) and opponent field goal percentage (28.8%).
– Ohio State improved to 5-2 all-time against Rutgers, winning all three meetings on the road.
– Chris Holtmann became the first Big Ten coach to reach 6-0 in his first Big Ten season since Tom Davis started 6-0 at Iowa in 1987.
– The Buckeyes are 6-0 in league play for the first time since 2011, when they started 11-0.
– Bates-Diop leads the Big Ten with 20.3 points per game.
– Bates-Diop tied a career high with five blocks at Rutgers.
– Kaleb Wesson pulled down a career-high nine boards against the Scarlet Knights.
– Ohio State improved to 3-0 in road games this season.