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Marc Loving hit the game winner in overtime at Minnesota last year.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (8-5) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6)

Date: Dec. 30, 2015
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Cory Provus (Play-By-Play)
Stephen Bardo (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Herb Howenstine (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Anelysis)

Starting Five
•    Ohio State has shot better from the field than its opponent in 12 of 13 games this season and is 8-5 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 298 times and are 270-28 in those games (.906).
•    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.   
•    Opponents are shooting 75.4 percent (159-211) from the foul line against the Buckeyes, the 10th best nationally. Tulsa foes are shooting 77.9 percent to lead the country. Only one power five conference team is among the Top 20 in free throw percentage defense–Ohio State at No. 10.
•    Thad Matta has coached 406 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.

Buckeyes Open 116th Season, 104th in B1G
This is the 104th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes and the 116th overall for the sport at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 91-22 in season openers and 96-17 in the first home game of the season. Ohio State is 54-58 in the first true road game of the season. In Big Ten Conference play, the Buckeyes are 55-44 in league openers, 67-32 in the first conference home game of the season and 36-63 in league road openers. Ohio State is 36-20 when the first conference game of the year is at home and 19-24 when opening conference play on the road. Thad Matta is 12-0 in season openers at Ohio State and is 8-3 in conference openers. In the last 12 years under Matta, the Buckeyes have opened league play at home six times (5-1) and have a 3-2 road opener mark.
        W    L    OSU W%
OSU in Home Openers                 96          17          0.850
OSU in Season Openers               91          22          0.805
OSU in Away Openers                 54          58          0.482
OSU in Big Ten Home Openers     67          32          0.677
OSU in Big Ten Away Openers     36          63          0.364
OSU in Big Ten Openers               55          44          0.556
OSU Opens Big Ten at Home        36          20          0.643
OSU Opens Big Ten on Road         19          24          0.442

Matta in Big Ten Openers (8-3)
1/5/05    L    @Illinois    65-84(1)
1/5/06    W    Penn State    104(18)-69
1/2/07    W    Indiana    74(6)-67
1/3/08    W    @Illinois    74-58
12/31/08    W    Iowa    68(24)-65
12/31/09    L    @Wisconsin    43(15)-65(23)
12/31/10    W    @Indiana    85(2)-67
12/28/11    W    Northwestern     87(2)-54
1/2/13    W    Nebraska    70(8)-44
12/31/13    W    @Purdue    78(3)-69
12/30/14    L    Iowa    65(20)-71
12/27/15        Minnesota    

Matta in Big Ten Home Openers (10-1)
1/8/05    W    Iowa    81-69(14)
1/5/06    W    Penn State    104(18)-69
1/2/07    W    Indiana    74(6)-67
1/6/08    W    Northwestern    62-51
12/31/08    W    Iowa    68(24)-65
1/6/09    W    Indiana    79-54
1/9/11    W    Minnesota    67(2)-64
12/28/11    W    Northwestern     87(2)-54
1/2/13    W    Nebraska    70(8)-44
1/4/14    W    Nebraska    84(3)-53
12/30/14    L    Iowa    65(20)-71
12/27/15        Minnesota   

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Series
Ohio State leads the series with the Golden Gophers, 83-56. Ohio State is 50-18 in Columbus. The teams will meet just once this year. The Buckeyes are 2-0 on neutral courts in the series. The Buckeyes have won the last three games vs. the Gophers and nine of the last 10. Ohio State has won the last seven in Columbus after a 60-56 overtime win for the Gophers Jan. 19, 2005, Thad Matta’s first season in Columbus. Overall, Matta is 13-6 vs. Minnesota and 7-1 in Columbus. Four returning Buckeyes have seen action in the Minnesota series with junior Marc Loving leading the way with four games played against the Golden Gophers. He averages 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in the Minnesota series. Jae’Sean Tate contributes five points and 2.5 rebounds in two appearances.

Last Time vs. Minnesota
D’Angelo Russell scored 23 points, Shannon Scott had 21 and Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-73 in the Big Ten Tournament last March in Chicago. Russell also had five rebounds and four assists while Scott added six helpers and five rebounds. Marc Loving scored 12 points, and Sam Thompson finished with nine points and seven rebounds in his return to his hometown. Thad Matta became the winningest coach in Ohio State history. It was Matta’s 298th win since he moved to Columbus, passing Fred Taylor for the top spot on the school list. DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points for 11th-seeded Minnesota, and Andre Hollins scored 13. Carlos Morris added 12 points. The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers were tied at 42 before Russell scored five straight points on a layup and 3-pointer, sparking a 10-2 run. Jae’Sean Tate’s foul shot made it 52-44 with 14 minutes left. Russell ran along the baseline to get open for another 3 with 11:53 remaining, lifting Ohio State to a 57-46 lead. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year went 3 for 5 from long range in the second half after missing each of his five 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. After Minnesota pulled within two on Mathieu’s three-point play, Russell passed to Loving for a layup, blocked Maurice Walker’s shot and made two foul shots to make it 69-63 with three minutes left.

Scouting the Gophers
Minnesota enters the game with the Buckeyes with four Golden Gophers averaging 10 or more points a game. Senior forward Joey King (13.8 ppg.), sophomore guard Nate Mason (12.5), senior guard Carlos Morris (11.4) and freshman forward Jordan Murphy (10.8) lead a balanced Minnesota offense. Murphy is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.8 boards a game. The Gophers opened the season with wins in five of the first seven games and travel to Columbus with one victory in the last five outings.

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 783-693 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 159-70 vs. league members, including a mark of 155-67 while coaching the Buckeyes. 

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 132 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play to rank No. 15 all-time in Big Ten history. Matta passed Dr. Tom Davis of Iowa (125 wins from 1986-99) with an 82-70 win in Columbus vs. Indiana Jan. 26.

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