November 16, 2018

Ohio State Hosts South Carolina State Sunday Afternoon

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Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayDec. 5, 2018
OpponentIllinois (2-6, 0-1 B1G)
SiteUnited Center (23,500)
Time7 p.m. ET
TelevisionBTN | BTN2Go
TalentDave Revsine (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
RadioOSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
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Local RadioWBNS-FM 97.1
AM-1460
Satellite RadioSirius (135) / XM (195/196)
Radio TalentPaul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
Live StatsGameday Live
Game NotesOhio State | Illinois | Big Ten
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Starting Five

  • The Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to Spain for 11 days over the summer. The Buckeyes played a total of three games, one in each stop during the trip, which began Aug. 1 with a flight to Madrid. Three days were spent in Madrid (W, 93-61 vs. Madrid Generals), Valencia (W, 95-63 vs. Valencia All-Stars) and Barcelona (W, 68-66 vs. Catalan All-Stars) before the team returned to Columbus Aug. 11. The team also experienced several cultural tours, team meals and excursions.
  • Ohio State improved to 2-0 in the Gavitt Games with a 69-60 win at Creighton last Thursday. Ohio State defeated Providence in Columbus in its first appearance in the event in 2016.
  • Through three games, Ohio State sits sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense (30.7), eighth in 3-point percentage (47.9) and 19th with 11.5 3-pointers per game.
  • Ohio State will appear on four major television networks again in 2018-19. This season marks the second year in which FOX will televise Big Ten Conference games. The Buckeyes, who have traditionally appeared on CBS, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, will appear on FOX and/or FS1 four times this season. The first appearance will be at home Nov. 23 vs. Cleveland State at historic St. John Arena in the 2018 Buckeye Classic. (8 p.m./FS1).
  • Ohio State will play 13 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Eight of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 11 Michigan State (home/away), No. 15 Syracuse (home), No. 18 Michigan (away), No. 20 UCLA (neutral) and No. 23 Purdue (home/away). Teams receiving votes are Cincinnati (road, W 64-56, Nov. 7), Indiana (road), Nebraska (road), Maryland (home/away) and Wisconsin (home).

Early Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson is averaging 14.7 points a game and has the Buckeyes off to a 3-0 start … he needs three made 3-pointers to reach 100 for his Ohio State career (97-268/.362) … has scored 651 career points and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Jackson leads five Buckeyes averaging double-figure scoring followed by Duane Washington Jr. (11.7 ppg), Kaleb Wsson (10.7), Jaedon LeDee (10.0) and Keyshawn Woods (10.0) … freshman Luther Muhammad has started each game this season and averages 27.0 minutes and 9.0 points a game … Washington Jr., is 10 of 15 from 3-point range (.667) in three appearances … Kyle Young is 8-for-10 shooting this season.

Scouting The South Carolina State Bulldogs
South Carolina State enters the game vs. the Buckeyes with a record of 1-2 (as of 11/15/18) after a season-opening win over the Brevard College Tornados (99-51) and road losses to Tulsa (74-52) and Charleston Southern (89-72.) The Bulldogs are led by junior forward Damni Applewhite’s 20.7 points per game. Junior forward Ozante Fields leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 boards a game.

Ohio State vs. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Ohio State is 17-0 all-time vs. the teams that currently make up the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Buckeyes have faced each current member of the league at least once with the exception of Maryland-Eastern Shore, who has yet to face the Buckeyes. Ohio State last faced a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team Nov. 14, 2016 in Columbus when North Carolina Central traveled to Columbus. The Buckeyes won that game 69-63. in C.J. Jackson’s second game of his Ohio State career, he handed out eight assists vs. UNCC to go with three points and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench.