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The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-5, 3-0) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (13-3, 3-0)

Date: Jan. 10, 2016
Site: Assembly Hall (17,357)
Game Time: 1:30 p.m.
Television: CBS
Talent: Carter Blackburn (Play-By-Play)
Bill Raftery (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Anelysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
•    Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program, the Buckeyes are 12-8 vs. Indiana. The Buckeyes are 4-6 in Bloomington over the last 11 years. The last time both Indiana and Ohio State were unranked was Jan. 6, 2010 at Ohio State, a 79-54 Buckeyes win. Both teams have been unranked just five times over the alst 20 games played in the series. Ohio State is 4-1 in those games.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 2 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 81. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 3 in total blocks with 33 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 2 nationally in total blocks with 99. The Buckeyes are No. 10 in defensive rebounds with 457.
•    Ohio State has shot better from the field than its opponent in 15 of 16 games this season and is 11-5 to date. Ohio State outshot 23 opponents a year ago and was 23-0 in those games. In the Matta era, the Buckeyes have outshot foes 301 times and are 273-28 in those games (.907).
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds vs. SCSU. Trevor Thompson added 10 points and 10 boards to mark the fourth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 135-51 (.725) all-time when two players record a double-double. The last time an OSU duo recorded double-doubles in the same game four times was during the 2007-08 season. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in five or more games was during the 1982-83 season when it happed five times. Granville Waiters and Tony Campbell were the two players with double-doubles in all five.   
•    Thad Matta has coached 409 games at Ohio State, the third most in school history. Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) and Fred Taylor (1959-76), have reached 400 or more games at Ohio State. Olsen coached 456 (259-197) and Taylor 455 (297-158).
•    Currently, Matta has the second longest tenure in the Big Ten with 12 years on the sidelines in Columbus. Tom Izzo at Michigan State has been with the Spartans over the last 21 seasons.

Ohio State vs. Indiana Series
Indiana leads the series with the Buckeyes, 103-77. Ohio State is 52-35 in Columbus and 24-63 in Bloomington. The teams will meet once this year at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are 5-1 on a neutral court in the series. The Buckeyes have won nine of the last 13 games vs. the Hoosiers and four of the last seven in Bloomington. Overall, Thad Matta is 12-8 vs. Indiana as head coach of the Buckeyes and is 4-6 in Bloomington. Four returning Buckeyes have seen action in the Indiana series with junior Marc Loving leading the way with three games played against the Hoosiers. He averages 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in the Indiana series. Jae’Sean Tate averages 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds vs. Indiana in two meetings as a freshman a season ago.  

Last Time vs. Indiana
Freshman D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points and added 10 assists for his then second double-double of the season and the Buckeyes knocked off No. 23 Indiana 82-70 in Columbus. The Hoosiers hit their first eight shots of the game but committed 15 turnovers as their four-game winning streak was snapped despite 26 points from junior guard  Yogi Ferrell. The Buckeyes weathered the early storm and pushed their lead as high as 10 points in the first half and it was Russell who quelled the final Hoosier threat. After a Ferrell jumper made it 56-50 with 10:26 remaining in the game, Russell knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to double Ohio State’s lead with 8:58 remaining. Indiana would get no closer than within seven points for the remainder of the game. Freshman Jae’Sean Tate scored a then career-high 20 points, sophomore Marc Loving added 12 and senior Shannon Scott had 10. Ohio State finished with 26 points off of Indiana turnovers.
Scouting the Hoosiers
Indiana enters the game with the Buckeyes sporting a 13-3 overall record and a 3-0 Big Ten slate.  Four Hoosiers average in double figures though second-leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. is sidelined with a knee injury. Yogi Ferrell leads the teams with 17.0 points per game. Blackmon averages 15.8 ppg. followed by Troy Williams (12.6 ppg.) and Thomas Bryant (11.9 ppg.). Williams is the leading rebounder for the Hoosiers with 6.8 boards a game. Indiana has won its last eight games after a loss at No. 7 Duke Dec. 2 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana’s other two losses were in Hawaii to Wake Forest and UNLV in the Maui Classic.           

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 786-693 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 161-70 vs. league members, including a mark of 157-67 while coaching the Buckeyes.

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