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Feb. 15, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) vs. Michigan Wolverines (19-7, 9-4)

Date: Feb. 16, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Television: ESPN
Talent: Bob Wischusen (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
Allison Williams (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Evan Turner Recognition Planned
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program will honor former Buckeye Evan Turner during a halftime ceremony Feb. 16 when the Buckeyes take on Michigan at Value City Arena. Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year, will have a banner unveiled baring his jersey No. 21 alongside Ohio State’s three other national players of the year. Buckeyes players have won the honor five times. No. 11 Jerry Lucas, twice, No. 35 Gary Bradds and No. 22 Jim Jackson also have banners hanging in the rafters of Value City Arena in honor of their POY accomplishments. No. 5 John Havlicek was selected by former Ohio State athletics director Andy Geiger to have a banner on display recognizing his many accomplishments and contributions to Ohio State basketball.
Men’s Basketball Number Recognition Dates
11-Jerry Lucas Feb. 23, 2000
35-Gary Bradds Jan. 27, 2001
22-Jim Jackson, Feb. 10, 2001
5-John Havlicek, Feb. 27, 2005
21-Evan Turner, Feb. 16, 2016

Evan Turner’s 2010 Honors and Awards
Associated Press National Player of the Year
Oscar Robertson Trophy winner (USBWA National Player of the Year)
Naismith Award Winner
Wooden Award Winner
Basketball Times National Player of the Year
Bob Cousy Award Finalist
Sporting News Player of the Year 2009-10
Sporting News First Team All-America
Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Big Ten All-Tournament Team
Big Ten Player of the Year, media and coaches
First Team All-Big Ten, unanimous media and coaches
Pat Forde/ESPN.com Player of the Year
FoxSports.com Player of the Year
FoxSports.com All-America
USBWA District V Player of the Year
USBWA All-District V

Starting Five
•    Thad Matta is No. 14 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 140 career league triumphs. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) won 143 league encounters to hold the No. 13 spot in conference history.
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored 24 points to go with a career-high 14 rebounds at Rutgers. Jae’Sean Tate added 22 points and 13 boards to mark the sixth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 139-51 (.731) all-time when two players record a double-double in the same game. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in six or more games was during the 1974-75 season when it happed 11 times. The last time a pair of Buckeyes posted double-doubles in the same game with each scoring 20 or more points was March 14, 1986 in a 65-62 win at Ohio University. Brad Sellers tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds along with a 22-point 10-rebound effort by Dennis Hopson.  
•    Three Buckeyes are among the Top 11 in the Big Ten in blocks per game. Ohio State is No. 2 as a team in the league with an average of 5.5 rejections a game. Freshman Daniel Giddens is No. 4 in the conference with 1.7 (41) blocks per game. Trevor Thompson is tied for No. 8 (36/1.4) and Keita Bates-Diop is 11th with 31/1.2.     
•    The game vs. Penn State Jan. 25 was the 200th regular-season Big Ten contest for Thad Matta while coaching the Buckeyes. The game vs. the Nittany Lions also was the 100th Big Ten home game for Matta’s Buckeyes. Since he took over the program in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 85-17 (.833) at home and 55-48 (.534) on the road for a career record of 140-65 (.683) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 5 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 116. As a team, Ohio State is No. 14 nationally in total blocks with 143. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double at home vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Daniel Giddens’ 41 blocks are tied for fifth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 5 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.

Ohio State vs. Michigan Series
Ohio State leads the overall series with the Wolverines 94-76. The Buckeyes are 54-27 in Columbus, 36-46 in Ann Arbor and own a 4-1 lead in neutral site games. Thad Matta has an 18-7 record overall vs. Michigan, including a 10-1 record in Columbus. Michigan is 2-11 all-time at Value City Arena. Sophomore Jae’Sean Tate leads four current Buckeyes who have experience in the Michigan series with 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 points a game in two career meetings. Junior Marc Loving has the most experience vs. the Wolverines with three games played. He averages 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. Sophomores Kam Williams (2.0 ppg.) and Keita Bates-Diop (6.0 ppg./2.0 rpg.) are the others who have faced the Wolverines.    

Last Time vs. Michigan
Ohio State trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half before closing to 49-46 with seven minutes left with a 14-0 run. Zak Irvin answered with a 3-pointer a minute later and Ohio State never got closer than four points the rest of the day in a 64-57 loss Feb. 22, 2015. D’Angelo Russell had 16 points and Keita Bates-Diop scored 12. Irvin added 15, seven rebounds and four assists. Spike Albrect and Irvin each played 38 minutes and fellow starters Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins were on the floor for 37 and 34, respectively. Michigan turned the ball over only nine times and none of the miscues shifted momentum. The Wolverines milked the clock on nearly every possession and rarely attempted a field goal with more than 10 seconds to shoot. They went scoreless for more than seven minutes midway through the period before Irvin ended the drought with his third 3-pointer.

Scouting the Wolverines
Michigan entered last weekend with an overall record of 19-7 and a Big Ten record of 9-4. The Wolverines played host to Purdue Saturday and won 61-56. Junior Derrick Walton Jr. leads the regulars with 12.0 points per game. Sophomore Duncan Robinson (11.8 ppg.) and junior Zak Irvin (11.3 ppg.) also are in double figures offensively. Senior Caris LeVert averaged 17.6 ppg. before a leg injury took him out of the lineup after a game at Illinois Dec. 30. He returned in the Purdue game and now averages 16.5 ppg. Walton is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.7 boards a game.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State begins its 104th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2015-16. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 791-698 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 166-75 vs. league members, including a mark of 162-72 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

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