February 6, 2018

Top 15 Clash Set for West Lafayette, Indiana, Wednesday

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Feb. 6, 2018

No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-5, 11-1) vs. No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers (23-2, 12-0)

Date: Feb. 7, 2018
Site: Mackey Arena (14,804)
Game Time: 8:37 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Seth Davis, Jon Crispin (Expert Analysis)
Andy Katz (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83/XM 83
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at http://www.go.osu.edu/KBDFamily.
Keita Bates-Diop was selected to the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch list Monday. He is one of 20 players who remain in the running. Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year.
Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better. He also is the first Ohio State coach to win 20 regular season games in his first season in Columbus. Holtmann has won 20 or more games in each of his last five years as a head coach (Final year at Gardner-Webb, three at Butler and this season in Columbus).
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,100 points for his career with a 35-point effort vs. Ilinois Feb. 4 (1,106)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (548) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…he reached 500 points this season with 35 vs. Illinois…Thirty three former Buckeyes have scored 500 or more points in a season at least once for a total of 50 campaigns with a player scoring 500 or more in a season…Bates-Diop is 45th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list.
42. Brad Sellers 1,122
43. Curtis Wilson 1,120
44. Ron Sepic 1,107
45. Keita Bates-Diop 1,106
46. Mel Nowell 1,100
47. Scoonie Penn 1,076
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (498)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson had made at least one 3-pointer in 20-consecutive games before going 0-4 from distance the last time out vs. Illinois…Jackson has 19 games this season with 10 or more points, including 18 in the last 22 games…he has 49 assists and 22 turnovers in the last 11 games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points vs. Indiana to reach 1,400 career points (1,415)…he is averaging 12.8 points a game this season and 11.8 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 24 all-time in career scoring (1,415). Paul Ebert is 23rd with 1,436 career points.
23. Paul Ebert 1,436
24. Jae’Sean Tate 1,415
25. Larry Bolden 1,408
In addition to his abilities on offense, Tate joined the 700 club in career rebounding at Ohio State with six boards vs. Indiana…he has 708 over 120 contests for an average of 5.9 a game…he became the 14th Buckeye all-time to reach 700 career boards…the game against the Hoosiers Jan. 30 was his 100th career start in an Ohio State uniform. Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 230-82 after the win over Illinois. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just eight 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 third nationally in field goal percentage (.554) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fourth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 43 blocked shots…among players with at least 40 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 30.6.

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