February 19, 2018

Buckeyes Close Out Home Schedule Tuesday vs. Rutgers


Feb. 19, 2018

No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-16, 3-13)

Date: Feb. 20, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Lisa Byington (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Senior, Graduate Recognition Tuesday
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s basketball program will formally recognize the accomplishments of its seniors and university graduates in an on-court ceremony prior to the game against the Scarlet Knights. Senior managers Darik Artis, Logan Brauer, Tyler Krupp and Greg Oman will be honored prior to student-athletes Andrew Dakich, Keita Bates-Diop, Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate.

More on the Student-Athletes
Tate will be joined on the court by his parents Jermaine and Jenice Tate along with sisters Jada and Jocelyn and brothers Jalen and Damien. Jae’Sean graduated in December with a degree in sport industry. He is currently working on a master’s degree in coaching. Jae’Sean will complete his Ohio State career among the Top 25 scorers and Top 10 rebounders in Ohio State history.
Williams will take the court with his parents Kevin Williams and Lorie Green. Kam will go down in the Ohio State record books as one of the all-time best 3-point shooters with more than 160 made threes, which ranks among the Top 10 in Ohio State history.
Bates-Diop will be accompanied by his parents, Richard and Wilma Bates along with his brother Kai and sister Maddie Biehl. Keita graduated in December with a degree in economics and is currently working on a minor in psychology. Already one of the leading scorers in Ohio State history with more than 1,100 points, Keita has one year of eligibility remaining with the Buckeyes.
Dakich will be honored with his parents Dan Dakich and Jackie White as well as his sister Laura Dakich. With an undergraduate degree from the state up north, Andrew is working on a master’s degree in coaching during his one year of eligibility with the Buckeyes.

More on the Student Managers
Artis will be with his parents Konya and Wheeler Burley. Darik will graduate in the fall of 2018 with a degree in sport industry after spending four years as a manager with the men’s basketball program. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in athletics administration upon completing his undergraduate degree.
Brauer is joined by his mother, Tracey Strong. Logan will graduate this spring with a degree in education. He has been a manager with the Buckeyes the last four years. He will begin graduate school this fall at Walsh University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.
Krupp is the son of Bob Krupp and the late Becky Krupp, his father Bob is with Tyler today. A Chemical Engineering major with a minor in business, Tyler is graduating this spring after spending the last four years as an Ohio State basketball manager. Following graduation, Tyler will begin working as a refining engineer for the Marathon Petroleum Company at its refinery in Houston, Texas.
Oman is with his parents Janine and Jeff Oman. Greg will graduate in the fall of 2018 with a degree in sport industry. He has been a manager the last two years with the Buckeyes.

Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at http://www.go.osu.edu/KBDFamily.
Keita Bates-Diop was selected to the Naismith Trophy Late Season Watch List Feb. 15 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as well as the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch List Feb. 5. He is one of 20 players who remain in the running for the Wooden Award and among the final 30 for the Naismith Trophy. Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Feb. 7 Bates-Diop is one of 10 candidates for the 2018 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better. He also is the first Ohio State coach to win 20 or more (22) regular-season games in his first season in Columbus. Holtmann has won 20 or more games in each of his last five years as a head coach (Final year at Gardner-Webb, three at Butler and this season in Columbus).
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,100 points for his career with a 35-point effort vs. Illinois Feb. 4 (1,165)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (579) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…he reached 500 points this season (565) with 35 vs. Illinois…Thirty three former Buckeyes have scored 500 or more points in a season at least once for a total of 50 campaigns with a player scoring 500 or more in a season…Bates-Diop is 39th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list.
38. Lawrence Funderburke 1,179
39. Keita Bates-Diop 1,165
40. Frank Howard 1,147
C.J. Jackson reached 500 points for his career with five at No. 3 Purdue Feb. 7 (533)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. Maryland Jan. 11…Jackson has 21 games this season with 10 or more points. Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points vs. Indiana to reach 1,400 career points (1,462)…he is averaging 12.7 points a game this season and 11.8 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 21 all-time in career scoring (1,462). He passed David Lighty with 20 points at Michigan. Jerry Francis is next at No. 20 with 1,486 career points.
20. Jerry Francis 1,486
21. Jae’Sean Tate 1,462
22. David Lighty 1,458
In addition to his abilities on offense, Tate joined the 700 club in career rebounding at Ohio State with six boards vs. Indiana…he has 735 over 124 contests for an average of 5.9 a game…he became the 14th Buckeye all-time to reach 700 career boards…the game against the Hoosiers Jan. 30 was his 100th career start in an Ohio State uniform. Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 232-84 after the loss the last time out vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just nine players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.556) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 47 blocked shots…among players with at least 45 blocks, Bates-Diop has the third-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8…that 29.8 PAR is the fourth-highest among all Buckeyes since 1996-97, behind Evan Turner in 2009-10 (35.5), Michael Redd in 1997-98 (31.4) and D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15 (29.9) and ahead of Jared Sullinger in 2010-11 (28.5).

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