January 6, 2017

Buckeyes Back to the Road in B1G Play at Minnesota


Jan. 6, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-5, 0-2) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-2, 2-1)

Date: Jan. 8, 2017
Site: Williams Arena (14,625)
Game Time: 7:31 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Cory Provus (Play-By-Play)
Bob Wenzel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 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)

Starting Five
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop will have season-ending surgery on his left leg to repair a stress fracture he has been battling since missing about 2 months of summer workouts with the injury. Bates-Diop played in nine games this season around illness, a right ankle sprain sustained in the Providence game (Nov. 17) and lingering pain from the left-leg stress fracture. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Ohio State will apply for a medical redshirt season on Bates-Diop’s behalf following the 2016-17 campaign. If granted, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored 10 points vs. Illinois the last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,121 is 41st on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Brad Sellers is No. 40 with 1,122 points. Richard Schnittker is No. 39 with 1,129 and Jamaal Brown is No. 38 with 1,139.
• Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games (11-7 in 2016) over the last 11 seasons, the longest streak in school history and the longest streak among Big Ten schools over Thad Matta’s 12-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Wisconsin (12-6 in conference play last year) has a streak of 10-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
• Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 143 career league triumphs. He is tied with Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters. The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
JaQuan Lyle needs six buckets to reach 200 for his career (194-472/.411)…Trevor Thompson is 16 points shy of 400 as a Buckeye…he has 533 for his career, which includes 149 scored as a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2013-14…Thompson also needs one block to reach 100 swats for his career, 71 have come in Scarlet and Gray…Jae’Sean Tate is working becoming Ohio State’s 26 player with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…he has 848 points (10.9 ppg.) and 452 caroms (5.6 rpg) over 78 career appearances…Deshaun Thomas was the most recent Buckeye to join the 1,000/500 club in 2013…he finished with 1,630/560.

Off the Bench
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 123 opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the third-most games against ranked foes in all of NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The Buckeyes are 54-69 in those games with a winning percentage of .439. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
Jae’Sean Tate is one of three Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Markelle Fultz from Washington and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga are averaging 6.1). Overall, Tate is tied for 13th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.5 rebounds per game … he also is tied for 10th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 2.0 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson has the second-most double-doubles (four) nationally among players averaging fewer than 22 minutes per game. In games where Thompson comes off the bench, he is averaging the second-most rebounds per game nationally at 8.5.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 15 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.1 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.7), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (11.6), junior Kam Williams (10.7), junior Trevor Thompson (10.4). Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is out for the remainder of the season (stress fracture, left leg) averaged 9.7 ppg. in nine appearances this year. Thompson’s 8.7 rebounds a game leads the team.

Thompson’s Effort on the Glass vs. UConn One of Best in Matta Era
Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, there have been eight games in which a Buckeye recorded 17 or more rebounds. Trevor Thompson recorded a career-best with 17 boards vs. Connecticut. He also tallied a career-high 17 points in the 64-60 win last Saturday in Columbus. Both Greg Oden (vs. Purdue, 3/10/07) and Jared Sullinger (vs. South Carolina Dec. 18, 2010) recorded 19-rebound games. Sullinger also had a pair of games with 18 boards (both vs. Northwestern 3/11/11, 2/29/12). Evan Turner recorded two games with 17 caroms (vs. Alcorn State 11/9/09; and James Madison 11/12/09). Turner’s effort vs. Alcorn State was part of triple-double in which he scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Terence Dials also grabbed 17 boards in a game vs. Illinois (12/12/06).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
FGM Jae’Sean Tate (85/6th)
FG% Jae’Sean Tate (.545/4th)
DRebs Trevor Thompson (97/3rd)
Rebounds Trevor Thompson (130/6th)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (84/4th)
Blocked Shots Trevor Thompson (29/5th)
2-point FG% Jae’Sean Tate (.586/3th)
Ohio State FG% (.478/4th)
Opponent FG made (fewest) (348/3rd)
Opponent FG% (lowest) (.386/2nd)
Opponent FTM (fewest) (157/4th)
Opponent FTA (fewest) (234/4th)
Opponent FT% (lowest) (.671/4th)
Opponent Steals (fewest) (68/2th)
Opponent Blocks (fewest) (33/1st)
Opponent Points (fewest) (971/3rd)

Ohio State vs. Minnesota
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Golden Gophers 84-56. Ohio State owns a 51-18 advantage in Columbus while the Gophers are 38-31 in Minneapolis. The teams have met twice on neutral courts in the Big Ten Tournament with the Buckeyes owning wins in both games. Thad Matta teams are 14-6 overall vs. Minnesota, including an 8-1 record in Columbus. Seven current Buckeyes have faced the Golden Gophers at least once with senior Marc Loving leading the way with five meetings vs. Minnesota. He averages 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds vs. the Maroon and Gold. Junior Jae’Sean Tate contributes 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds a game in three career meetings.

Scouting the Gophers
Minnesota plays host to the Buckeyes with a record of 14-2 overall and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. Junior Nate Mason leads Minnesota in scoring with 14.5 points per game. He is joined by sophomore Dupree McBrayer (12.3 ppg.), freshman Amir Coffey (12.3 ppg.) and sophomore Jordan Murphy (10.8ppg.) in scoring double figures for the Gophers. Murphy also leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 boards a game.

Last Time vs. Minnesota
Marc Loving scored 20 points and JaQuan Lyle had 13 assists, and Ohio State pulled away from Minnesota for a 78-63 win in the Big Ten opener for both teams a season ago (12/30/15) in Columbus. Keita Bates-Diop added 13 points and Jae’Sean Tate 10 for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes had 24 assists, double their season average. Carlos Morris scored 18 points, Jordan Murphy 11 and Nate Mason 10 for the Golden Gophers. Kam Williams came off the bench to score five points to spur a 21-5 Buckeyes run that turned a 45-44 lead into a 66-49 advantage with six minutes to play. Loving had five points and reserve center David Bell four points during the stretch. Minnesota went on a 15-1 run that stretched from the end of the first half and into the second to take a 39-37 lead, its first of the game, when Murphy hit a pair of free throws. The Buckeyes led by as many as 16 in the first half, saw the margin cut to six then built it to 12 before the Gophers scored 10 of the final 11 points before the break. The Gophers trailed 26-11 with 9 1/2 minutes left when they mounted their first comeback. They scored nine straight to make it 26-20 but the Buckeyes went on a 10-4 run to take back tha advantage at 36-24.

Buckeyes Open 117th Season, 105th in B1G
This is the 105th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes and the 117th overall for the sport at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 92-22 in season openers and 97-17 in the first home game of the season. Ohio State is 55-58 in the first true road game of the season. In Big Ten Conference play, the Buckeyes are 56-45 in league openers, 68-33 in the first conference home game of the season and 37-64 in league road openers. Ohio State is 37-20 when the first conference game of the year is at home and 19-25 when opening conference play on the road. Thad Matta is 13-0 in season openers at Ohio State and is 9-4 in conference openers. In the last 13 years under Matta, the Buckeyes have opened league play at home seven times (6-1) and have a 3-3 road opener mark.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is competing in its 105th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2016-17. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 795-703 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 170-80 vs. league members, including a mark of 166-77 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 143 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play to rank No. 13 (t) all-time in Big Ten history. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS/1935-59) is tied with Matta at No. 13 with 143 career victories in Big Ten regular-season play. Ohio State’s Harold Olsen (1923-46) holds down the No. 12 spots with 154 all-time league wins.

Noting the Purdue Game
• Ohio State trails the all-time series with the Boilermakers, 86-83.
• Ohio State has held all 15 opponents to under 50 percent shooting this season. Purdue shot 42.9 percent from the field.
• Ohio State is now 7-4 this season in games in which it scores 70 or more points.
• The Buckeyes were 17-of-20 from the free-throw line, good for 85.0 percent and a season high.
• Ohio State held Purdue to zero fast break points, the second time it has done so to an opponent this season (Nov. 21, 2016 against Western Carolina).
• Ohio State held a 34-26 advantage in points in the paint.
• Ohio State is 68-58 all-time in one-point games, including 33-26 at home. The last one-point home loss was to Penn State (71-70 ot) Jan. 29, 2014.
• Thad Matta-coached teams are now 18-8 overall against Purdue and 9-2 when playing in Columbus.
• Matta-coached teams own a record of 166-77 against Big Ten teams.
• Trevor Thompson had 11 points, his ninth double-figure scoring effort of the season, while hauling in seven rebounds and blocking three shots.
Jae’Sean Tate led all scorers with 17 points, making it the fifth time he has led the Buckeyes in scoring this year.
• He has now scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this season.
Marc Loving scored 14 points, pushing him ahead of Curtis Wilson for 41st on the Ohio State all-time scoring list with 1,121 points.
• Led the Buckeyes with eight rebounds, the third time he has led the team in that category this season.
• He has nine double-figure scoring efforts on the season.
Kam Williams tallied his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season.

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