December 1, 2017

Ohio State, Wisconsin Clash in Early Big Ten Battle

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Dec. 1, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (3-4)

Date: Dec. 2, 2017
Site: Kohl Center (17,287)
Game Time: 5:01 p.m. ET
Television FOX
Talent: Brian Anderson (Play-By-Play)
Jim Jackson (Expert Analysis)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/ XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-AM-1460
Radio Talent: Matt Andrews (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Ohio State is in the middle of one of the most difficult early-season stretches of games in recent history. The Buckeyes returned early Monday morning from Portland, Oregon, where they participated in the PK80 Invitational against No. 17 Gonzaga Nov. 23, Stanford Nov. 24 and Butler last Sunday. Ohio State lost to Clemson Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge before traveling Friday to Wisconsin for Big Ten battle with the Badgers Saturday. Ohio State then returns home to take on Michigan Monday.
• The Big Ten games this weekend were scheduled to accommodate the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York Feb. 28-March 4, a week earlier than normal. Ohio State has played a league game earlier than the games this weekend. The Buckeyes and Penn State played Nov. 20, 1998 because a suitable date during the traditional conference season was not available that year.
Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).
Keita Bates-Diop opened the season with three-consecutive double-doubles (10+Pts/10+Rebs) vs. Robert Morris, Radford and Texas Southern. Bates-Diop has 11 career D-Ds and five this season after recording a pair in Portland at the PK80 event.
• Keita-Bates Diop reached 400 rebounds for his career with seven vs. Clemson…he’s averaging 9.9 boards a game this season…Jae’Sean Tate is three points shy of 1,200 career points…he’s averaging 12.9 points a game this season and 11.6 ppg. for his career…he also is two made foul shots shy of 200 made for his career (198-365/.542)…Tate’s nine points vs. Butler broke a string of five-consecutive games with 10 or more points…C.J. Jackson has five games this season with 10 or more points, including four in the last five games…he tallied a career-high 23 points vs. Stanford last Friday before a 19-point effort vs. Butler Sunday.
• Tate is one of just three 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 23rd nationally in field goal percentage (.524) among players 6-4 or shorter…Tate is 12th nationally and second among Power 5 conference players 6-4 or shorter with 6.9 rebounds per game…Keita Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally with five double-doubles.

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.