Feb. 26, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (18-11, 10-6) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (20-7, 11-4)

Date: Feb. 28, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 4:06 p.m.
Television: CBS
Talent: Kevin Harlan (Play-By-Play)
Dan Bonner (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Seniors Make Final Home Appearance
Five senior Buckeyes will be making their final home appearance when Ohio State takes on Iowa Sunday.  Jake Lorbach, who played three seasons for the Buckeyes before electing to forgo his senior campaign to assist his teammates from the sidelines,  and four senior managers end home careers Sunday. Mark Murray (Westlake, Ohio), John Corless (Chicago), Robbie Rucki (pronounced ROOKIE, Findlay, Ohio), Derek Upp (Lancaster, Ohio) and Lorbach (Elyria, Ohio) will be recognized before the Iowa game.  

Starting Five
•    Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games 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 (10-5 in conference play this year to date) has a streak of  10-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
•    Thad Matta is No. 14 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 142 career league triumphs. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) won 143 league encounters to hold the No. 13 spot in conference history.
•    Three Buckeyes are among the Top 11 in the Big Ten in blocks per game. Ohio State is No. 2 as a team in the league with an average of 5.4 rejections a game. Freshman Daniel Giddens is No. 5 in the conference with 1.6 (42) blocks per game. Trevor Thompson is  No. 9 (38/1.3) and Keita Bates-Diop is 11th with 33/1.1.     
•    The game vs. Penn State Jan. 25 was the 200th regular-season Big Ten contest for Thad Matta while coaching the Buckeyes. The game vs. the Nittany Lions also was the 100th Big Ten home game for Matta’s Buckeyes. Since he took over the program in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 86-18 (.826) at home and 56-48 (.538) on the road for a career record of 142-66 (.682) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 4 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 123. As a team, Ohio State is No. 11 nationally in total blocks with 158. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double at home vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Daniel Giddens’ 42 blocks are tied for fifth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 5 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.

Matta’s Senior Day Record
Thad Matta has finished off the home season with a win in nine of 11 seasons in Columbus. Four times the Buckeyes defeated ranked teams, two of those were No. 1 at the time. The finale this season marks the first time Ohio State has ended the home campaign against Iowa with Matta as the Buckeyes’ head coach. In the final regular season game of the year (H and A), Matta is 10-1 as head coach of the Buckeyes.
Date    W/L    Final Score
3/6/2005    W    OSU 65, No. 1 Illinois 64
3/5/2006    W    No. 9 OSU 79, Purdue 57
2/25/2007    W    No. 2 OSU 49, No. 1 Wisconsin 48
3/9/2008    W    OSU 63, No. 17 Michigan State 54
3/8/2009    W    OSU 52, Northwestern 47
3/2/2010    W    No. 6 OSU 73, Illinois 57
3/6/2011    W    No. 1 OSU 93, No. 10 Wisconsin 65
2/26/2012    L    No. 16 Wisconsin 63, No. 8 OSU 60
3/10/2013    W    No. 14 OSU 68, Illinois 55
3/9/2014    W    OSU 69, No. 22 Michigan State 67
3/18/15    L    No. 6 Wisconsin 72, OSU 48
2/28/16        No. 8 Iowa

Tate Out for Remainder of 2015-16 Season
Sophomore Jae’Sean Tate had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder Feb. 26. He started 28 games this season and averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. He recorded five double-doubles, 18 games with 10 or more points and six with double-digit rebounds. A full recovery is expected after six months of rehabilitation. The Buckeyes were 18-10 before losing Tate for the season.

Balance in the Big Ten
In Ohio State’s 16 Big Ten Conference regular-season games the Buckeyes have spread the wealth offensively. Four Buckeyes average in double figures with a fifth contributing 9.1 points a game. Sophomore Jae’Sean Tate lead the Buckeyes with 11.9 points a game before his season ended with a shoulder injury following the road game at Nebraska Feb. 20. Junior Marc Loving (12.0), sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (11.0) and freshman JaQuan Lyle (11.5) lead the Buckeyes in scoring against league competition. Sophomore Kam Williams adds 9.1 points per game in league play. Tate and sophomore Trevor Thompson both score at a better than 50 percent rate from the field (.528/.531 respectively). Williams makes 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (28-55) and Bates-Diop is the leader at the foul line (29-35/.829).

Evan Turner Recognized
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program honored former Buckeye Evan Turner Feb. 16 during a halftime ceremony when the Buckeyes played Michigan (W, 76-66) at Value City Arena. Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year, had a banner unveiled baring his jersey No. 21 alongside Ohio State’s three other national players of the year. Buckeye players have won the honor five times. No. 11 Jerry Lucas, twice, No. 35 Gary Bradds and No. 22 Jim Jackson also have banners hanging in the rafters of Value City Arena in honor of their POY accomplishments. No. 5 John Havlicek was selected by former Ohio State athletics director Andy Geiger to have a banner on display recognizing his many accomplishments and contributions to Ohio State basketball.
Men’s Basketball Number Recognition Dates
11-Jerry Lucas Feb. 23, 2000
35-Gary Bradds Jan. 27, 2001
22-Jim Jackson, Feb. 10, 2001
5-John Havlicek, Feb. 27, 2005
21-Evan Turner, Feb. 16, 2016

Ohio State vs. Iowa
Iowa leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 76-72. The Buckeyes are 46-27 in Columbus and 24-48 in Iowa City. Ohio State leads 201 on a neutral court in the series. Thad Matta is 12-7 vs. the Hawkeyes, including a 7-2 home record. The Hawkeyes have won three of the last four meetings, including the last two in Columbus. Ohio State junior Marc Loving is one of two available Buckeyes on the Ohio State roster with experience vs. Iowa. He has played in four games vs. the Hawkeyes and averages 6.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. Kam Williams is the only other Buckeye to face Iowa. He averages three points and a round in two career meetings.       

Last Time vs. Iowa
D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 27 points on four 3-pointers and grabbed 14 rebounds for Ohio State, but the Buckeyes fell to Iowa 76-67 in Iowa City Jan. 17, 2015. Aaron White scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Iowa. The Buckeyes made six 3-pointers in the second half to battle back. A Shannon Scott 3-pointer cut Iowa’s lead to 68-62 with 4:46 left, but Ohio State never got any closer. Jae’Sean Tate scored 11 points and Marc Loving added 10 for Ohio State. Adam Woodbury had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who swept the home-and-home series with Ohio State for the first time since 2004. Mike Gesell added 11 points the Hawkeyes. White scored 12 straight points during a key stretch in the middle of the second half to push Iowa’s lead to 16 points. The senior made 10 of 12 free throws for the game. The Buckeyes had won nine of the last 10 games in the series before Iowa’s two wins last season. Ohio State lost at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since 2008, snapping a five-game streak.

Scouting the Hawkeyes
Iowa enters the game with the Buckeyes sporting an overall record of 20-7 and a Big Ten mark of 11-4 after a home loss vs. Wisconsin last Wednesday. The Hawkeyes are a balanced offensive team with Senior Jarrod Uthoff leading the way with 18.6 points a game. Junior Peter Jok contributes 16.5 points a contest while three others average better than eight points a game. Senior Adam Woodbury is the top rebounder with 8.3 boards a game. Uthoff adds 6.5 rebounds a game.
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 793-699 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 168-76 vs. league members, including a mark of 164-73 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

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