November 29, 2016

Buckeyes, Cavaliers Square Off in ACC/Big Ten Challenge


Nov. 29, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) vs. No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (6-0)

Date: Nov. 30, 2016
Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
Game Time: 9:15 p.m.
Television: ESPN2
Talent: Dave Flemming (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
None (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)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored 20 points vs. Marshall last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye.
• 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 needs a pair of buckets to reach 200 made field goals for his career (198-431)…he also is two rebounds shy of 300 for his Ohio State tenure. Marc Loving needs six rebounds to reach 400 at Ohio State. He averages 5.5 boards this season and 3.6 for his career. Jae’Sean Tate is three buckets shy of 300 for his career (297-533 (.557). He also needs just four rebounds to reach 400. He averages 7.0 boards this season and 5.7 for his career. Kam Williams needs two made 3s to reach 100 for his career. He is 18-32 this season (.563) and 98-232 (.422) for his career.
• Matta teams are 303-14 during his tenure at Ohio State when the Buckeyes own a lead with 5:00 to play in games. Ohio State also is 286-17 in 303 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 120 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 54-66 in those games with a winning percentage of .450. That win total ranks No. 10 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.

Buckeyes in the Challenge
Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 14 years and has a 6-8 record in the event. The Buckeyes first took part in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the event. The 2011 game vs. Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous Challenge games. That record was nearly tied in 2012 with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge. Ohio State has faced a ranked ACC opponent 10 times in the Challenge. The Buckeyes have won five of the last eight Challenge games and are 2-4 at home in the event.

12/3/02 vs. No. 4 Duke L 76-91(4)
12/3/03 No. 13 Georgia Tech L 53-73(13)
12/1/04 at Clemson L 73-80
11/28/05 Virginia Tech W 69-59
11/29/06 at No. 7 North Carolina L 89(3)-98(7)
11/29/07 No. 1 North Carolina L 55-66(1)
12/2/08 at No. 21 Miami, Fla. W 73-68(21)
12/2/09 No. 21 Florida State W 77(15)-64(21)
11/30/10 at Florida State W 58(2)-44
11/29/11 No. 3 Duke W 85(2)-63(3)
11/28/12 at No. 2 Duke L 68(4)-73(2)
12/4/13 Maryland W 76(5)-60
12/2/14 at No. 5 Louisville L 55(14)-64(5)
12/1/15 No. 10 Virginia L 58-64(10)
11/30/16 at No. 7 Virginia

Ohio State vs. Virginia Series
Ohio State is 3-2 all-time vs. the Cavaliers in a series that dates to 1932. The Buckeyes won the first three games in the series and are 1-1 in Charlottesville and 2-1 in Columbus. The teams first met Feb. 6, 1932 at Virginia, a 30-26 Buckeyes win. Virginia played at Ohio State for the first time Dec. 5, 1962. Ohio State came away with the 70-46 win in that meeting. The teams began a home-and-home series in Columbus Jan. 27, 1980. The No. 4 Buckeyes won that game 70-65. In the return game Jan. 25, 1981, Virginia was ranked No. 2 and were victorious 89-73. Ralph Sampson scored 40 points for the Cavaliers in the most recent meeting going 15-23 from the field and 10 of 16 from the foul line. He also grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked three shots. The Buckeyes had three in double figures, led by Carter Scott’s 13 points. Clark Kellogg scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards. Three Buckeyes fouled out vs. Sampson and the Cavaliers (Kellogg, Herb Williams and Jim Smith). The teams squared off in Columbus last sesaon in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with the Cavaliers coming away with the 64-58 victory.

Scouting the Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia enters the game with the Buckeyes with a 6-0 record. The Cavaliers own wins over UNC Greensboro, St. Francis (Brooklyn), Yale, Grambling, Iowa and Providence. Virginia is averaging nearly 73 points a game but with just one player at 10 or more points a contest. Junior guard Marial Shayok is the team’s leading scorer at 10.0 points a contest. Sophomore forward Jarred Reuter is the top rebounder for the Cavaliers at 5.2 caroms a game. Defensively, Virginia has not allowed an opponent to score more than 52 points this season (41.3 ppg.).

Ohio State vs. The Atlantic Coast Conference
Ohio State is 67-45 all-time vs. the current alignment of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Buckeyes have faced every league member at least once and have wins against each team except Clemson (0-1) and North Carolina State (0-1). The last meeting for Ohio State against an ACC affiliate was in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge a year ago at home vs. Virginia (L, 64-58).

Buckeyes Conclude Play in Global Sports Invitational
The game vs. Marshall (W, 111-70 last Friday) gave Ohio State the 2016 Global Sports Invitational title. The Buckeyes also defeated North Carolina Central (69-63, Nov. 14), Western Carolina (66-38, Nov. 21) and Jackson State (78-47) in the event.

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.