March 23, 2019

Buckeyes and Cougars Set to Square off Sunday Night with Trip to Sweet 16 on the Line

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Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayMarch 24, 2019
OpponentHouston (32-3)
SiteBOK Center (17,996)
TimeApprox. 8:40 p.m. ET
TelevisionTNT | March Madness Live
TalentBrad Nessler (Play-By-Play)
Steve Lavin, Jim Jackson (Expert Analysis)
Evan Washburn (Sideline)
RadioOSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
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Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
Ohio State makes its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Overall, Ohio State has a 51-27 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes played in four-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a record accomplishment for Ohio State and the longest streak in the country from 2010-13. Ohio State last accomplished three-consecutive “Sweet 16s” from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 14 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.

2018-19 Buckeyes in NCAA Play
Entering the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the 2018-19 Buckeyes had nine games of NCAA experience and five starts. C.J. Jackson, Andre Wesson, Kaleb Wesson and Musa Jallow have now played in three games while Keyshawn Woods has played in two, one each at while at Wake Forest and Ohio State.

Holtmann in the NCAA Tournament
Chris Holtmann, the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has led his teams to five-consecutive NCAA Tournaments (three at Butler and two at Ohio State), going 6-4 in NCAA Tournament contests. Holtmann’s teams have one at least one game in each NCAA Tournament appearance to date.

Starting Five

  • Ohio State is 3-2 all-time when playing in the state of Oklahoma after the win over Iowa State Friday. The Buckeyes first played in Oklahoma Dec. 18, 1954, a 102-84 win for then-No. 14 Ohio State over the Sooners. Ohio State returned to play the Sooners at Oklahoma Dec. 23, 1957. This time OU claimed a 64-55 win. Ohio State has played in Tulsa previously, splitting NCAA First and Second Round games vs. Iowa State (W, 75-64, 3/14/1985) and Louisiana Tech (L, 79-67) two days later (3/16/85). Louisiana Tech was ranked No. 8 nationally in the AP poll at the time.
  • Sophomore Kaleb Wesson was named 2019 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by both the league coaches and media. Wesson leads the Buckeyes in both scoring (14.6 ppg.) and rebounding (6.9 rpg.). At the foul line, Wesson leads the team in both makes (125) and attempts (167) while shooting just under 74 percent.
  • With 255 wins in the 10 seasons (2010-19), Ohio State already has more victories this decade than in any other in the program’s history. Ohio State won 189 games from 1980-1989 and 188 contests from 1960-69. The winning percentage of .718 (255-100/355) in the last 10 years is the best previous winning percentage in a decade in Ohio State history. The win total is No. 14 nationally over the last 10 seasons and second only to Michigan State’s 267 wins among Big Ten teams.
  • The Buckeyes have four wins in 10 tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60), lost at No. 5 Michigan (65-49), at No. 11 Michigan State (62-44) and at No. 14 Purdue (86-51) while taking down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court. At home, the Buckeyes fell vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62), No. 8 Michigan State (86-77) and Purdue (79-67) and have a win over Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State fell to Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament (77-70) last week in Chicago.
  • Ohio State has played 11 games against teams currently among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Six of those games were played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes faced No. 5 Michigan State (home/away/neutral), No. 8 Michigan (away), No. 13 Purdue (home/away), No. 21 Wisconsin (home), No. 22 Cincinnati (away) and No. 24 Iowa State (neutral) among teams currently in the Top 25. The Buckeyes played Maryland (home/away). The Terps are currently receiving votes. Ohio State takes on current No. 11 Houston Sunday in Tulsa.

Notable Numbers–Jackson 2 shy of 1,000
C.J. Jackson reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (148-407/.364) from distance … has scored 998 career points after a 2-point effort vs. Iowa State and is working to become Ohio State’s 58th all-time 1,000-point scorer … his 148 career made 3s ranks No. 8 all-time in Ohio State history … Kyle Young, who missed four games with a stress fracture in his right leg, is 78-of-116 shooting this season (.672) … he returned to action vs. Penn State Feb. 7 after suffering the injury vs. Maryland Jan. 18 … Joey Lane has appeared in 14 games this season, with one start, and is 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range … he also has six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 2.7 minutes per game.

The Ohio State vs. Houston Series
Ohio State is 4-0 all-time vs. Houston. The teams played a home and home series in 1963 and ‘64 with the Buckeyes winning at home 79-63 in the opener and then 77-69 at Houston in 1964. Ohio State defeated the No. 1 ranked Cougars in the 1968 Final Four third place game 89-85 in Los Angeles. The most recent meeting was in Kansas City Nov. 23, 2004 in the Guardians Classic, a 78-61 Ohio State victory.

Ohio State vs. The American Athletic Conference
The Buckeyes are 26-14 all-time vs. teams currently making up the American Athletic Conference, including a 4-0 record vs. Houston. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati in the last meeting vs. an AAC member to open the 2018-19 season at Cincinnati. The Buckeyes won that game 64-56 Nov. 7, 2018.