January 15, 2018

Bates-Diop Earns Second Consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week


Jan. 15, 2018

Keita Bates-Diop earned his second Big Ten Player of the Week in as many weeks and his third of the season after leading the Buckeyes to wins over Maryland in Columbus and another at Rutgers Sunday. Last week Bates-Diop averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds after scoring 26 points vs. the Terrapins and 20 points in the road win at Rutgers. He also blocked five Scarlet Knights shots in a 68-46 win.

Bates-Diop has reached 20 points in each of the last four games and in five of the last six outings. Over a three-game stretch at Iowa, and in home games vs. No. 1 Michigan State and Maryland, Bates-Diop scored a total of 85 points, the most since Michael Redd scored 86 points over three games in 1998.

Bates-Diop is the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 20.3 points per game. The Buckeyes (15-4) are 6-0 in league play for the first time since starting 11-0 in 2011.

Nationally, Bates-Diop ranks No. 7 in field goals made (144) and No. 17 in total points with 386. He is closing on 1,000 career points (986) and 500 career rebounds (492).

Chris Holtmann, head coach of the No. 22 ranked Buckeyes, is the first Big Ten coach to reach 6-0 in his first Big Ten season since Tom Davis started 6-0 at Iowa in 1987.

The Buckeyes are back in action at Northwestern Wednesday (9 p.m./BTN) before a trip to New York to face Minnesota at Madison Square Garden Saturday (noon/BTN).