Jan. 13, 2016
Ohio State 94 (12-6, 4-1 B1G), Rutgers 68 (6-12, 0-5 B1G)
Jan. 13, 2015
Value City Arena—Columbus, OH
• This is only the third meeting between the Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes and the second game played as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are 2-1 in the series.
• The last meeting came last season when the Buckeyes won 79-60 in Piscataway on Feb. 8, 2015. D’Angelo Russell recorded a triple-double in the win with 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Current Buckeyes made their mark in last year’s matchup with Jae’sean Tate scoring 20 points and Keta Bates-Diop scoring 14.
• Ohio State is 787-694 all-time against the current alignment of the Big Ten.
• Ohio State has the most home wins nationally with a 116-13 (.898) record since the 2009-10 season.
• The Buckeyes are 80-19 (.810) when Big Ten games are decided by 10 or more points.
• This season, Ohio State is 11-1 when a Buckeye player records at least a double-double.
• Six different Buckeyes scored in double figures for the first time this season. Sacred Heart marked the last time the Buckeye had six players in double figures (11/23/14). The last time against a Big Ten opponent came vs. Purdue on Jan. 25, 2011 (Sullinger, Lighty, Lauderdale, Buford, Diebler, Craft).
• The last time Ohio State scored 90 points in a Big Ten game came against Wisconsin on March 6, 2011 in a 93-65 victory.
• Ohio State attempted 73 shots during the game. The last time Ohio State attempted more than 70 shots in a game was when they attempted 72 shots in an 82-74 loss vs. North Carolina on Dec. 20, 2014.
• Ohio State trailed Rutgers 41-39 at the half. With the Buckeye victory, Ohio State is 2-5 when trailing at the half this season.
• Ohio State has outshot its opponents in 16 of 18 games this season, outshooting Rutgers 49 percent to 39 percent.
• The Buckeyes scored 58 points in the paint, compared to Rutgers’ 28 points in the paint.
• Ohio State scored a season-high 55 points in the second half. The last time a Buckeye squad put up 50 points in a half was 53 pts vs Wright State on Dec. 24, 2014.
• Ohio State held Rutgers to 0-7 from the 3-point line in the second half after going 6-13 in the first half.
• Thad Matta is 311-100 (.757) during his career at Ohio State and 413-131 (.758) overall as a head coach.
• The Buckeyes are 136-61 in Big Ten regular season play under Matta, 83-16 (.867) when facing Big Ten opponents at home.
• In 16 seasons as a head coach Matta is 162-71 overall vs. the Big Ten including a mark of 158-68 while coaching the Buckeyes.
• With Matta at the helm Ohio State is 64-30 (.685) in the month of January.
• Matta is now 2-0 against the Scarlet Knights.
• The Buckeyes are 15-0 under Matta against Big Ten coaches making their first trip to Columbus.
• JaQuan Lyle recorded his first career triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.
• Lyle’s triple-double is the fifth recorded in Ohio State history and the second recorded by a freshman. The last player to record a triple double was D’Angelo Russell with had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in a 79-60 Ohio State victory on Feb. 8, 2015 against Rutgers.
• Lyle had 11 points and 10 rebounds at the half, 10 rebounds out of a first half team total 14 rebounds.
• Marc Loving scored 12 points and recorded three rebounds and two assists.
• Loving has scored in double digits in 14 of 18 games this season.
• Jae’Sean Tate scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds.
• This is the seventh time this season Tate has put up 10 or more points and recorded five or more rebounds.
• Kam Williams scored 14 points on 4-9 shooting, 3-6 from the 3-point line.
• Williams now has a 3-point basket in 13 of 18 games this season, and has recorded a three in nine straight games.
• Keita Bates Diop scored 14 points on 6-10 shooting.
• Trevor Thompson scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
d his 250th point as a Buckeye and now has 260 career points.