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Dec. 12, 2015

POSTGAME NOTES
Ohio State 55 (4-5), Connecticut 75 (6-3)
Dec. 12, 2015
Gample Pavillion – Storrs, Connecticut
Attendance: 10,167

GAME/SERIES

  • This matchup marks the fifth meeting all-time between Ohio State and Connecticut. Ohio State is now 3-2 in the series
  • The last meeting was Mar. 21, 1992 as the Buckeyes defeated the Huskies 78-55 in the NCAA second round in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The Buckeyes are 22-12 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference

TEAM

  • This is the first time Ohio State has been outshot by an opponent this season (36% – 60%). The Buckeyes had shot better from the field than its opponent in the first eight games this season
  • The Buckeyes are 4-2 when JaQuan Lyle, Marc Loving, Trevor Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop combine to form the starting lineup
  • The 45 points recorded by Connecticut in the first half marks the most points allowed by Ohio State this season. The previous high was 42 by Louisiana Tech Nov. 24
  • Ohio State is 0-3 this season when trailing at the half
  • Ohio State is now 0-5 this season when outrebounded by an opponent. UConn recorded eight more rebounds than the Buckeyes (26-34)
  • The Buckeyes failed to record a block for the first time this season. Ohio State had recorded five or more blocks in their last seven games
  • The last time Ohio State failed to record a block was at Michigan Feb. 18, 2012
  • Ohio State recorded a season-low .357 (20-56) field-goal percentage. The previous low was .418 (23-55) vs. UT-Arlington Nov. 20, 2015
  • The last time the Buckeyes shot worse than 30% from the field they recorded a .264 (14-53) field-goal percentage vs. Michigan State Feb. 11, 2012
  • The 31 points scored by Ohio State in the second half is their fewest of the season. The previous low was 34 vs. Virginia Dec. 2, 2015
  • The 20-point differential suffered by the Buckeyes is their largest of the season. The previous high was eight vs. Louisiana Tech (82-74) Nov. 24, 2015
  • Five different players recorded 10 or more points for UConn. The last time Ohio State allowed five players in double figures was vs. No. 20 Iowa Jan. 12, 2014
  • UConn recorded a .603 (32-53) field-goal percentage against Ohio State. The last time the Buckeyes allowed an opponent to shoot 60% or better from the field was at Illinois .600 (27-45) Jan. 10, 2012
  • The nine steals recorded by Ohio State ties the season-high previously set vs. Memphis Nov. 27, 2015

Thad Matta

  • The Buckeyes have lost just five times to an unranked non-conference opponent during Matta’s 12 years at Ohio State. Of those five, four have come this season.
  • Matta is 303-99 (.754) during his career at Ohio State and 405-130 (.757) overall as a head coach
  • Ohio State is 71-14 (.835) under Matta in the month of November
  • This is the first time Matta has faced Connecticut as a head coach

Marc Loving

  • With his eighth point of the game, Loving reached 600 for his career. Loving finished with 14 points, six rebound and two assists
  • Loving has scored 10 or more points in all nine games this season
  • Loving failed to record a 3-pointer for the first time this season

 Keita Bates-Diop

  • Bates-Diop leads the Buckeyes in free-throw percentage this season. After going 2-2 tonight he is 24-26 (.923) on the season. 

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate posted 15 points and has recorded 10 or more points six times this season
  • Tate’s 15 points marks the second time this season he’s recorded the game-high total

JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle recorded a career-high three steals. Lyle had recorded one steal five times before this game

Daniel Giddens

  • Giddens recorded a career-high four steals. His previous high was three vs. Louisiana Tech Nov. 24, 2015