January 10, 2018

Big Ten Leading Buckeyes Face Maryland in Columbus


Jan. 10, 2018

Ohio State Buckeyes (13-4, 4-0) vs. Maryland Terrapins (14-4, 3-2)

Date: Jan. 11, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: EsPN2
Talent: Rece Davis (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81/XM 81
Local Radio: WBNS-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.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 900 points for his career with a 27-point effort at Iowa (940)…he is one block shy of 100 career rejections. C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State last Sunday (409). Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 13 points (1,313) vs. No. 1 Michigan State. Kam Williams reached 900 points for his career with 13 at Iowa (921)…after a 2-2 effort from long range vs. No. 1 Michigan State, Williams has made 155 3s during his career, good for the No. 5 spot all-time in Ohio State history.
• The Buckeyes are 38-69 vs. Top 5 opponents all-time. The Buckeyes knocked off No. 1 Michigan State Sunday 80-64 in Columbus. Ohio State’s last non-conference game vs. a Top 5 opponent was in New Orleans vs. No. 5 North Carolina in the CBSSports Classic (L, 86-72, 12/23/17). Ohio State’s last win vs. a Top 5 opponent was 74-67 in the CBS event over No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 19, 2015. Ohio State was unranked vs. Michigan State, the Tar Heels and Wildcats. Against the nation’s No. 1 team, Ohio State is 9-11 all-time, including a 6-5 record in Columbus. The last time Ohio State faced a No. 1 team was Feb. 10, 2013 vs. Indiana in Columbus, an 81-68 win for the Hoosiers. Ohio State’s last win over a No. 1 ranked team was a 49-48 win over No. 1 Wisconsin Feb. 25, 2007 in Columbus. Ohio State was No. 2 at the time. The Buckeyes last win over No. 1 as an unranked team was March 6, 2005 over No. 1 Illinois, 65-64, in Columbus. At Value City Arena, Ohio State is 28-23 vs. ranked opponents, 24-19 vs. ranked Big Ten foes, 6-3 vs. Top 5 teams and 3-2 against No. 1 ranked competition.
• Ohio State has played both teams that competed for the 2017 NCAA title last year. The Buckeyes fell to No. 17 Gonzaga (86-59) in Portland, Oregon, in the PK80 Invitational Nov. 23. The Bulldogs fell to North Carolina in the 2017 National Championship game. The Buckeyes faced the Tar Heels Dec. 23 in New Orleans in the 2017 CBSSports Classic. No. 5 North Carolina won that game 86-72.
The last time Ohio State played both teams that participated in the national title game from the previous season was in 1993-94 when the Buckeyes traveled to No. 2 North Carolina and fell to the Tar Heels 81-68 Dec. 18, 1993 and faced Michigan twice, home and away. Ohio State fell in overtime at No. 10 Michigan 86-75 Jan. 13, 1994 and at home to No. 11 Michigan 72-70 Feb. 13, 1994. North Carolina defeated Michigan for the 1993 National Championship.
The last time Ohio State played a pair of Final Four participants from the previous season was in 2015-16 when Ohio State played Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan State, all three were Final Four participants in 2015. Ohio State defeated No. 4 Kentucky 74-67 in the CBSSports Classic (12/19/15). The Buckeyes were 0-3 vs. No. 2 Michigan State and 0-1 vs. Wisconsin, the national runner-up in 2015, during the 2016 Big Ten season.
• 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.
• Bates-Diop reached 400 rebounds (475) for his career with seven vs. Clemson…he’s averaging 8.8 boards a game this season with 150 caroms in 17 games…Jae’Sean Tate reached 1,300 career points with 18 at Iowa this year (1,313)…he’s averaging 12.9 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 30 all-time in career scoring (1,313).
28. Jim Cleamons 1,335
29. Aaron Craft 1,314
30. Jae’Sean Tate 1,300
Jamar Butler 1,313
32. Clark Kellogg 1,285
C.J. Jackson has 13 games this season with 10 or more points, including 12 in the last 14 games…he has 40 assists and 17 turnovers in the last nome games…Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 223-81 after the win at Iowa. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade on Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just six 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 (.572) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for eighth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 27 blocked shots…among players with at least 25 blocks, Bates-Diop has the fourth-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 30.2.

Hot Start to Big Ten Campaign
Ohio State last started 4-0 in the Big Ten during the 2011 conference season with 11-consecutive wins to start the league season. Chris Holtmann is the first Ohio State coach to start the conference season 4-0 in his first year in Columbus.

The Next Four
The Big Ten portion of the schedule continues vs. Maryland Thursday. Ohio State travels to Rutgers Jan. 14, Northwestern Jan. 17 and then to New York to face Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Bates-Diop Honored, Again
Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week Jan. 8 after earning the honor Dec. 11 as well. Most recently, Bates-Diop averaged 29.5 points and 10 rebounds in wins at Iowa and at home vs. No. 1 Michigan State. He poured in a career high 32 points vs. the Spartans after a 27-point effort at Iowa. His earlier award also followed a pair of Ohio State victories. In the 97-62 win over William & Mary Dec. 9, Bates-Diop scored a then career-high 27 points after an 18-point, nine-rebound effort against Michigan Dec. 4. For that week, Bates-Diop connected on 62 percent of his shots from the field (16-26), 50 percent from 3-point range (4-8) and 90 percent at the foul line (9-10). Against William & Mary, the Buckeyes made 10-consecuitve field goal attempts early in the second half, Bates-Diop made five of those buckets, all from inside the arc, to help Ohio State to a commanding lead.
Other POW Awards
USBWA National POW (1/9/18)
Naismith Trophy National POW (1/8/18)
NBC Sports National POW (1/8/18)

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