December 14, 2016

Buckeyes, Bruins Battle in CBS Sports Classic


Dec. 14, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (8-2) vs. No. 2 UCLA Bruins (11-0)

Date: Dec. 17, 2016
Site: T-Mobile Arena (18,800)
Game Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Television: CBS
Talent: Brad Nessler (Play-By-Play)
Bill Raftery (Expert Analysis)
John Schriffen (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81/XM 81
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

CBS Sports Classic-Year 3
CBS Sports is once again bringing together four of the nation’s most prestigious college basketball teams: Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, for a college basketball showcase, the CBS Sports Classic. CBS Sports will broadcast a doubleheader in 2016 following the 2015 event in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Chicago games in 2014. These four schools have combined to win 25 national championships and are among the winningest college basketball programs of all-time. The event debuted at the United Center in Chicago Dec. 20, 2014. North Carolina faced Ohio State and UCLA took on Kentucky. The CBS Sports Classic moved to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 19, 2015 and travels this year to Las Vegas Dec. 17. Ohio State defeated No. 4 Kentucky 74-67 last year in New York and will take on No. 2 UCLA this season.

CBS Sports Classic-Extended Through 2019
Ohio State will once again participate in the CBS Sports Classic when the event is renewed next season. The Buckeyes, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA will once again comprise the field. Ohio State will take on North Carolina Dec. 23, 2017 in New Orleans. The dates and locations for the 2018 and 2019 games have not been determined.

Last Time in the CBS Sports Classic
Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 points and Ohio State held off a furious second-half rally by No. 4 Kentucky for a 74-67 victory in the 2015 CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center in New York. The Buckeyes led by 16 points with 11:26 to play but had to withstand Kentucky’s rally. Freshman Jamal Murray had a season-high 33 points for the Wildcats and kept the rally going with 3-pointer after 3-pointer. He finished 7 of 9 from beyond the arc, all the makes in the second half. A 3 by Alex Poythress brought Kentucky within 63-60 with 4 minutes to play. The Buckeyes, who had missed three of their last five free throws, suddenly started making them. the Buckeyes made their next four free throws and the lead was back to 67-60 with 2:54 left. Murray, with a 3 and a drive, got Kentucky within 4 twice but Jae’Sean Tate scored down low and there were three more free throws after Kentucky misses and Ohio State had the upset. Marc Loving added 14 points for the Buckeyes, while JaQuan Lyle had 11 and Trevor Thompson 10. Marcus Lee had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who trailed 37-25 at halftime.

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored nine points vs. Connecticut 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 1,060 is 46th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Carter Scott is currently 45th with 1,073 career 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.
Marc Loving reached 100 career assists for his career with one helper vs. Connecticut. JaQuan Lyle scored point No. 500 (504) in win over Connecticut with 16 points vs. the Huskies (11.2 ppg. for career/45 games). He also reached 200 career assists with three in the UConn game. With four rebounds he will get to 200 career boards as a Buckeye. After a 17-point, 17-rebound outing vs. UConn, Trevor Thompson is 13 points shy of 500 for his career and moved past the 400 rebound mark (404). He is in his second year at Ohio State after a freshman season with Virginia Tech (2013-14).
• Matta teams are 305-16 during his tenure at Ohio State when the Buckeyes own a lead with 5:00 to play in games. Ohio State also is 287-19 in 306 games in which Ohio State has built a lead of at least 10 points at any point during a game.
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 121 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 54-67 in those games with a winning percentage of .446. That win total ranks No. 10 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.

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 last time out 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).

Ohio State Nationally-Statistically
The Buckeyes allow foes to score at a 37.9 percent clip on the year (223-588), good for the No. 25 spot in field goal percentage defense nationally. Ohio State also rates No. 25 nationally in lowest opponent 2-point field goal percentage (.416/142-341). Sophomore JaQuan Lyle is No. 28 nationally in total assists with 55. Sophomore C.J. Jackson rates No. 7 nationally in average assists per 40 minutes (10.1 apg.).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Field goals made Jae’Sean Tate (54/8th)
FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.551/4th)
3-point FG percentage Kam Williams (.431/7th)
Offensive rebounds Jae’Sean Tate (26/6th)
Defensive rebounds Trevor Thompson (65/3rd)
Total rebounds Jae’Sean Tate (73/9th)
Trevor Thompson (86/6th)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (55/3rd)
C.J. Jackson (39/9th)
Steals Kam Williams (13/8th)
Blocked shots Trevor Thompson (19/3rd)
2-point FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.591/4th)

Scouting the Bruins
Ohio State and UCLA meet in the CBS Sports Classic, the third year of the event, Saturday in Las Vegas. UCLA enters the game with an 11-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking. The Bruins are scoring nearly 98 points a game and feature six players averaging 10 or more points. Senior guard Isaac Hamilton averages 17.3 ppg. and freshman forward TJ Leaf leads the way at 18.3 ppg. along with 9.4 rebounds a game. Junior center Thomas Welsh leads the squad in rebounding at 9.6 rpg. while also contributing 11.1 ppg.

Ohio State vs. UCLA Series
The series between Ohio State and UCLA dates to the 1936-37 season when the teams first met at UCLA Dec. 31, 1936, a 48-39 win for the Buckeyes. Ohio State won the first three games in the series, all in California before a loss in Los Angeles Dec. 28, 1957 (98-78). The Buckeyes earned their fourth win in the series, again in California, Dec. 28, 1961. The No. 1 Buckeyes claimed a 105-84 victory in that game. Since then the series has gone in the Bruins’ favor. UCLA has won the last four games, including the last meeting March 13, 1980 in Tuscon, Arizona, a 72-68 win for UCLA in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. In five of the last six meetings, including the contest this year, one of the teams has been ranked No. 1 or 2 nationally. The Bruins enter the contest No. 2 this year and were No. 1 games played in 1965, 1968 and 1971. Ohio State is 38-37 all-time against teams currently representing the PAC-12 Conference. The Buckeyes have played each league member at least once, with the exception of Colorado. The Buckeyes last faced a PAC-12 squad March 21, 2015 in the third round of the NCAA West Regional in Portland, Oregon, a 73-58 win for the No. 5 Wildcats.

Ohio State vs. the PAC-12
Arizona……………………………… 2-1
Arizona State……………………… 2-1
California…………………………… 9-9
Oregon……………………………… 3-1
Oregon State……………………… 3-1
Southern California…………….. 4-3
Stanford…………………………….. 0-3
UCLA………………………………… 4-5
Utah………………………………….. 2-2
Washington……………………….. 4-8
Washington State………………. 5-3
Totals………………………… 38-37

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 Connecticut Game
• This was the sixth meeting between Ohio State and UConn.
• The Buckeyes are now 4-2 all-time against UConn.
• The Buckeyes are 23-12 all-time against the teams that currently make up the American Athletic Conference.
• The Buckeyes trailed at half for the first time this season.
• The Buckeyes scored 17 points off 16 Huskie turnovers.
• Ohio State set season highs in free throws attempted (34) and made (26).
• Ohio State is now 3-1 this season in games in which they score less than 70 points.
• UConn attempted a season low nine free throws in the contest.
• The last time Ohio State won a game while shooting less than 35 percent from the field was a 67-61 overtime victory over Northwestern (19-59/.322) March 11, 2011.
• The Buckeyes were 26 of 34 from the FT line (.765) vs. UConn … the last time OSU made 25 or more FTs was vs. Penn State March 10, 2016 (26-39).
• Ohio State is 63-3 in Thad Matta era when making 20 or more free throws.
• Ohio State is 40-0 in Matta era when attempting 30 or more free throws
• Ohio State is 191-31 in Matta era when opponents make less than 10 free throws (UConn-5)
• Ohio State is 107-11 in Matta era when opponents take less than 10 free throws (UConn-9)
• Ohio State is 147-19 in Matta era when opponents are credited with 10 or fewer assists (UConn-10)
• Ohio State is 117-21 in Matta era when opponents are called for 20 or more fouls (UConn-27)
• Ohio State is 186-38 in Matta era when opponents record fewer than five steals (UConn-1)
• Ohio State is 57-8 in Matta era when opponents fail to block a shot vs. the Buckeyes
• When leading with five minutes to go, Thad Matta coached teams are now 305-16 all-time and 8-2 this season.
• The Buckeyes are 208-28 when outrebounding their opponent under Matta and 6-1 this season.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 78-15 (.839) in the Month of December.
• This is the 18th game in which a Matta coached team has shot 34 percent or less from the field.
• Matta coached teams are 4-14 in games in which they shoot 34 percent or less from the field.
Trevor Thompson recorded his second double-double of the season scoring 17 points and grabbing 17.
• He set career highs for points and rebounds in the contest.
• Has scored in double figures three straight games.
• The last Buckeye to reach 15 or more rebounds in a game was LaQuinton Ross (15) vs. Nebraska (3/14/14).
JaQuan Lyle racked up 16 points, three assists, four rebounds and four steals in the contest.
• His four steals were a career high.
Jae’Sean Tate tallied 13 points, three rebounds and an assist in the contest.
• He has now scored in double figures in nine of 10 games this season.

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