November 24, 2017

Stanford Up Next for Buckeyes in Portland

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Nov. 24, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1) vs. Stanford Cardinal (3-3)

Date: Nov. 24, 2017
Site: Moda Center (19,393)
Game Time: 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
Television ESPN2
Talent: Doug Sherman (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Matt Andrews (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• Ohio State (4-1) fell in its opener in the PK80 to No. 17 Gonzaga Thursday, 86-59. Jae’Sean Tate and C.J. Jackson each had 12 points while Keita Bates-Diop had 10 rebounds.
• The Buckeyes will face Stanford at 9 p.m. (ET), 6 p.m. (PT) Friday at the Moda Center in downtown Portland. The Cardinal fell to No. 7 Florida, 108-87.
• The loss to Gonzaga is the first for head coach Chris Holtmann as head coach of the Buckeyes. He is 118-86 in seven seasons as a head coach, three each at Gardner-Webb and Butler and this his first season at Ohio State.
• Ohio State is playing six games in 12 days with at least five coming against high major basketball opponents. After facing Gonzaga Thursday, the Buckeyes taking on Stanford Friday. Butler or Portland State are possibilities for the final PK80 game Sunday. Winners of OSU vs. Stanford and Portland State vs. Butler face off at noon or 12:30 p.m. PT Sunday. Losers will play at 6:30 p.m. PT. The Buckeyes return home to face Clemson Nov. 29 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten season opens Dec. 2 at Wisconsin before the stretch ends in Columbus vs. Michigan Dec. 4.
• The last time Ohio State played in Portland, Oregon, the Buckeyes qualified for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and played VCU and Arizona in the Moda Center. Ohio State defeated VCU in overtime 75-72 March 19, 2015 before falling to No. 5 Arizona 73-58.

Noting the Gonzaga Game
• The game marked the second meeting between Ohio State and Gonzaga. The Buckeyes are 7-6 all-time vs. members of the West Coast Conference.
• The series is now tied 1-1.
Kaleb Wesson made his first career start and responded with 10 points and four rebounds. He replaced sophomore Micah Potter, who did not play because of a left high-ankle sprain suffered in the second half of the Northeastern game.
• Senior Jae’Sean Tate tallied 12 points to increase his career point total to 1,167. He is currently No. 38 on the all-time Ohio State scoring list behind No. 37 Lawrence Funderburke (1,179).
• Junior Keita-Bates Diop grabbed 10 rebounds, marking the fourth time in five games he has reached double-digits in rebounding on the year. He averages a double-double on the year with 16.8 points and 10.0 rebounds a game.

Series History vs. Stanford
Ohio State and Stanford have not faced one another since Dec. 21, 1973, a 68-53 win for the Cardinal at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington. Stanford is 3-0 vs. Ohio State all-time. All three meetings have been on neutral courts. UCLA is the most recent team currently representing the Pac 12 Conference to face the Buckeyes. Ohio State fell to the No. 2 Bruins Dec. 17, 2016 in Las Vegas as part of the CBSSports Classic. The Buckeyes are 38-38 all-time vs. current members of the Pac-12 Conference

Ohio State vs. the Pac-12 Conference
Arizona ……………………… 2-1
Arizona State…………………….. 2-1
California………………………….. 9-9
Colorado
Oregon …………………………….. 3-1
Oregon State…………………….. 3-1
Southern California…………… 4-3
Stanford…………………………… 0-3
UCLA ………………………………. 4-6
Utah………………………………… 2-2
Washington ……………………… 4-8
Washington State……………… 5-3
Totals ………………………. 38-38

Ohio State Faces Several in AP Top 25
The Buckeyes will face five opponents in 2017-18 ranked among the nation’s Top 25 in the current Associated Press Poll. The Buckeyes opened the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland vs. No. 17 Gonzaga, the runner-up in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Thursday (L 86-59). North Carolina, the 2017 National Champion, also is on Ohio State’s schedule and ranked nationally. The Tar Heels, ranked No. 9, will meet the Buckeyes Dec. 23 in New Orleans as part of the 2017 CBSSports Classic. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes meet No. 4 Michigan State (H), No. 14 Minnesota (N) and No. 18 Purdue (A) once this season. Northwestern (A), Michigan (H/A) and Maryland (H) are receiving votes for Top 25 consideration.

Bates-Diop Returns
After sitting out all but nine games in 2016-17 with a stress fracture in his left leg, Keita Bates-Diop is back healthy and expected to make significant contributions to the Buckeyes this season. Bates-Diop has two seasons of eligibility remaining after receiving a medical redshirt after last season. Bates-Diop averages 8.6 points and just under five rebounds a game in 80 career appearances. His ability to block shots (81 career rejections) and convert at the foul line (110-144/.761) also adds balance to the Ohio State offensive and defensive efforts this year.

Two on Pace for 1,000 Career Points
Jae’Sean Tate became the 54th player to accomplish the feat of scoring 1,000 career points at Ohio State with 20 points at Maryland Feb. 11. He has 1,167 points (11.7 ppg.) 100 career appearances. This year, fifth-year senior Kam Williams (818 career points) and redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop (684) are within striking distance or reaching 1,000 points. Williams scored 300 points as a junior and 290 during his sophomore season. Bates-Diop tallied 388 points as a sophomore in 2015-16. He missed all but nine games a year ago with a leg injury.

Tate in Exclusive Club, Bates-Diop on Pace
Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate entered both the 1,000 career-point and 500 career-rebound club last season with 458 points and 205 boards. He currently owns 1,167 points and 593 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop could become the 28th Buckeye in history with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds with a strong junior campaign. In 80 career games, Bates-Diop has 684 points and 375 boards. He scored 388 points as a true sophomore with 210 rebounds. He missed all but nine games last year with injury but added 87 points and 47 caroms to his career totals.