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The Ohio State Buckeyes (15-10, 7-5) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-18, 0-11)

Date: Feb. 13, 2016
Site: Rutgers Athletic Center (8,000)
Game Time: 4 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Bob Wenzel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Evan Turner Recognition Planned
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program will honor former Buckeye Evan Turner during a halftime ceremony Feb. 16 when the Buckeyes take on Michigan at Value City Arena. Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year, will have a banner unveiled baring his jersey No. 21 alongside Ohio State’s three other national players of the year. Buckeyes 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

Starting Five
•    Thad Matta is No. 14 spot all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 139 career league triumphs. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) won 143 league encounters to hold the No. 13 spot in conference history.
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds at Illinois. Marc Loving added 11 points and 10 boards to mark the fifth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 138-51 (.725) all-time when two players record a double-double. The last time an OSU duo recorded double-doubles in the same game four times was during the 2007-08 season. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in five or more games was during the 1982-83 season when it happed five times. Granville Waiters and Tony Campbell were the two players with double-doubles in all five.  
•    Since Thad Matta took over in 2004-05, there have been 16 coaching changes in the Big Ten. Matta has a 22-6 record vs. those coaches in the first year at their respective schools. Matta is 15-0 at home vs. coaches making their first trip to Value City Arena.     
•    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 85-17 (.833) at home and 54-48 (.529) on the road for a career record of 139-65 (.681) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 3 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 111. As a team, Ohio State is No. 8 nationally in total blocks with 140. The Buckeyes are No. 21 in defensive rebounds with 686. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Daniel Giddens’ 41 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.

Ohio State vs. Rutgers Series
Ohio State and the Scarlet Knights are meeting for just the fourth time in history and in just the third game as members of the Big Ten Conference. Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014-15 after one season in the American Athletic Conference (2013-14) and 18 years in the Big East (1996-2013). The first meeting between the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights was a 97-96 Rutgers win at Madison Square Garden Dec. 30, 1978 in the ECAC Holiday Tournament. The Buckeyes took the series lead 2-1 with a 94-68 win earlier this season in Columbus after  evening the series at one game apiece a season ago in Piscataway. Ohio State won that game 79-60 Feb. 8, 2015.

Last Time vs. Rutgers
Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle had 16 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 11 assists and Ohio State used a big second half to beat Rutgers 94-68 Jan. 13 in Columbus. Five other Buckeyes were in double figures for the Buckeyes–Keita Bates-Diop, Je-Sean Tate and Kam Williams had 14, Marc Loving 12 and Trevor Thompson 11. Corey Sanders had 20 points, 17 in the first half, when the Scarlet Knights took a 41-39 lead. The Buckeyes outscored them 55-27 in the second half. Ohio State opened the second half with a 13-0 run in the first four minutes to go up 52-41 lead. Tate started the rally with a pair field goals and Thompson followed with consecutive dunks. Loving hit a 3-pointer and Lyle made two free throws before Bishop Daniels responded with a layup for Rutgers to end the streak. Sanders had the Scarlet Knights’ first seven points before two minutes had elapsed to match Ohio State’s output. Sanders, averaging 13.3 points for his freshman season, was 6 for 8 from the floor, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers, in the first half. Lyle had a double-double with more than three minutes left and went into the locker room with 11 points and his 10 rebounds were two more than his previous best.

Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers enters the game with the Buckeyes with an overall record of 6-18 and 0-11 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 in non-conference play. Freshman guard Corey Sanders leads the team offensively with 15.9 points per game  while sophomore guard Mike Williams contributes 12.1 points a contest. Sophomore forward D.J. Foreman is the squad’s top rebounder with 6.3 caroms 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 790-698 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 165-75 vs. league members, including a mark of 161-72 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

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