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Posted by Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4, 0-1) vs. No. 20 Purdue Boilermakers (12-3, 1-1)

Date: Jan. 5, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m.
Television: ESPN
Talent: Jason Bennetti (Play-By-Play)
Jim Calhoun (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• 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 1,107 is 42nd on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. He is tied with Ron Sepic and trails No. 41 Curtis Wilson (1,120) by 13 points.
• 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.
Keita Bates-Diop reached 600 career points with six at Illinois … he needs one made free throw to hit 100 as a Buckeye … Trevor Thompson grabbed four rebounds at Illinois to reach 300 as a Buckeye, he has 441 career caroms, which includes 140 while a freshman at Virginia Tech (2013-14).
• Thad Matta is 15-7 vs. his former assistant coaches who have gone on to become head coaches, including a 6-2 record vs. Illinois’ John Groce.

Off the Bench
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 122 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 54-68 in those games with a winning percentage of .443. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Markelle Fultz from Washington is averaging 6.2). Overall, Tate is tied for 11th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.9 rebounds per game … he also is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 2.3 offensive rebounds per game
• Trevor Thompson has the 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 14 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 13.9 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.6), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (11.9), junior Kam Williams (10.8), junior Trevor Thompson (10.4). Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is returning from injury but is helping with 9.7 ppg. to date. Thompson’s 8.8 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
Field goals made Jae’Sean Tate (77/9th)
FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.542/4th)
Defensive rebounds Trevor Thompson (95/2nd)
Total rebounds Trevor Thompson (123/6th)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (80/4th)
Blocked shots Trevor Thompson (26/5th)
2-point FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.586/4th)

Ohio State vs. Purdue Series
Purdue leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 85-83. Ohio State owns a 54-28 advantage in Columbus while the Boilermakes are 56-26 in West Lafayette. The teams have met four times on neutral courts in the Big Ten Tournament with the Buckeyes owning a 3-1 advantage in those games. Thad Matta teams are 18-7 overall vs. Purdue, including a 9-1 record in Columbus. Matta was 1-1 vs. Purdue while coaching at Xavier. Ohio State has faced ranked Purdue teams 35 times (15-20). Seven current Buckeyes have faced the Boilermakers at least once with senior Marc Loving leading the way with five meetings vs. Purdue. He averages 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds vs. the Black and Gold. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads Ohio State in the Purdue series with9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in three career meetings.

Scouting the Boilermakers
Purdue enters the game with Ohio State with a 12-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers opened league play with an 89-67 win over Iowa and then fell to Minnesota in overtime 91-82 Sunday. Both games were in West Lafayette. Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan leads Purdue in both scoring (18.5 ppg.) and rebounding (13.0 rpg.). Junior center Isaac Haas in next in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and is third on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg.). Junior forward Vincent Edwards adds 12.1 points and 5.4 boards a game.

Last Time vs. Purdue
P.J. Thompson scored 10 of his 12 points in the final seven minutes, helping No. 22 Purdue pull away from Ohio State 75-64. A.J. Hammons added 16 points for the Boilermakers. Ohio State was led by Jae’Sean Tate, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Purdue trailed 36-33 at halftime and stayed within one possession most of the second half until Ryan Cline’s 3 with 9:02 to go made it 53-52. Thompson then scored five in a row to make it 60-54. After Ohio State’s Trevor Thompson made 1 of 2 free throws with 2:51 left, P.J. Thompson scored five more to extend the lead to 66-61. Purdue sealed it by making six free throws in the final minute. For Tate it was his third career double-double. The Buckeyes had 31 points from the bench led by Kam William’s 14 on 5 of 8 shooting and a 4 of 5 effort from 3-point range. Marc Loving added nine points, four rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes.

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, 68-32 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 795-702 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 170-79 vs. league members, including a mark of 166-76 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Streak vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in 12 of his 13 full seasons in Columbus. Matta is 164-35 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 166-76 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 330-112. In 17 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 13 at Ohio State) Matta is 170-79 vs. the current roster of Big Ten teams. He has winning records vs. 10-of-13 league opponents: ILL (17-6), IND (12-10), IOWA (13-7), MICH (19-7), MINN (14-6), NW (19-1), PSU (21-2), PUR (18-8), NEB (9-1) and RUT (3-0). He is four games under .500 vs. Michigan State (11-15) and is one under vs. Wisconsin (12-13) and Maryland (2-3).

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.

Rookie Starters in Matta Era
Thad Matta has started seven freshmen in their first game at Ohio State during his tenure (2005-present). Four of those rookies did so from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Rookie Micah Potter, a freshman center from Mentor, Ohio, started his first game as a Buckeye at Navy Nov. 14. The two most recent freshman starters were Jared Sullinger at center in 2010-11 and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15. David Lighty and Mike Conley Jr. were the first freshmen starters in the Matta era in 2006. Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos got the starting nod in 2007-08.

Noting the Illinois Game
• The Buckeyes are now 56-45 in Big Ten conference openers.
• The Scarlet and Gray holds a record of 795-701 all-time against the teams that currently make up the Big Ten.
• Ohio State has held all 14 opponents to under 50 percent shooting this season.
• Ohio State is now 7-3 this season in games in which it scores 70 or more points.
• The Buckeyes were 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.
• Ohio State held the Fighting Illini to 31.6 percent from the 3-point line.
• Thad Matta-coached teams are now 17-6 overall against Illinois and 6-5 when playing in Champaign.
• Buckeyes coached by Matta now own a record of 166-76 against Big Ten teams.
JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes as he scored 26 points, dished out three assists and added five rebounds and finished with zero turnovers. He scored 16 consecutive points in the second half for the Buckeyes.
• It was his ninth double-figure scoring effort of the season.
Jae’Sean Tate tallied nine points, nine rebounds and one assist.
• He has now scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games this season.
Marc Loving racked up 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
• He now has eight double-figure scoring efforts on the season.

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