Oct. 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team hosted its annual media day Thursday afternoon. Head coach Thad Matta and upperclassmen met with members of the media to share their outlook on the 2014-15 season.
Thad Matta is entering his 11th season as head coach of the Scarlet and Gray. With Matta at the helm, the Buckeyes have never failed to reach the 20-win plateau, a record streak (10 seasons) in Ohio State history. Ohio State finished 25-10 in 2013-14, advancing to their sixth-consecutive NCAA tournament.
A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s roster features a blend of veterans with a crop of six newcomers, returning three starters and six letterwinners from the 2013-14 season. Seniors Sam Thompson, Amir Williams, Shannon Scott, Trey McDonald and sophomore Marc Loving will provide leadership and experience to the squad. Redshirt freshman Kameron Williams is eligible to compete after sitting out as a rookie last season, joining fifth-year graduate transfer Anthony Lee and true freshmen D’Angelo Russell, Jae’Sean Tate, David Bell and Keita Bates-Diop.
The Buckeyes open the 2014-15 season vs. Massachusetts-Lowell Nov. 14 at Value City Arena. The Big Ten campaign, the 103rd for Ohio State as a league member, opens Dec. 30 at home vs. Iowa. An exhibition game vs. Walsh is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Value City Arena.
Highlighting the non-conference schedule will be a home game vs. Marquette Nov. 18, a road game at Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 2 (9:30 p.m./ESPN) and a neutral site game vs. North Carolina Dec. 20 at the United Center in Chicago.
This summer, Ohio State traveled to the Bahamas for two games as part of a foreign trip. Ohio State won both games on the tour, defeating the Bahamas All-Stars, 88-66, and the Providence Storm, 115-63. Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop led the team in scoring off the bench with 17.0 points per game, while senior Sam Thompson tabbed 14.0 points per game in the two contests.