Ohio State vs. Eastern Illinois
Date: November 16, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Eastern Illinois
Rosters: Ohio State | Eastern Illinois
Season Stats: Ohio State | Eastern Illinois
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State concludes its opening three-game homestand this week by hosting Eastern Illinois on Wednesday evening at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is slated for a 7 p.m. tip at Value City Arena inside the Schottenstein Center and it will be televised on BTN. Connor Onion and Jess Settles will have the call.
- The teams will be meeting for the third time. Ohio State won 72-59 in 2001 and 69-50 in 2003. Both of those games were in Columbus. Velimir Radinovic scored a game-high 16 points in the 2003 game.
- First year assistant coach Jack Owens is a graduate of Eastern Illinois. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior while also serving as the team captain. He also earned honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a senior.
- Ohio State has opened the season with a pair of victories over Robert Morris and Charleston Southern and is looking for its seventh-consecutive 3-0 start and its 12th 3-0 start in the last 13 seasons.
- The Buckeyes have shot over 51 percent in each of the first two games and are out-rebounding their opponents 20 rebounds per game. That number is sixth-best in the country entering the week.
- Zed Key has had a double-double in each of the first two games and is now just the fourth Buckeye in the last 40 years to open a season with back-to-back double-doubles. He joins Keita Bates-Diop (2017), Jared Sullinger (2010) and Evan Turner (2009). Not a bad list to be on.
- Justice Sueing has scored in double figures each of the first two games. He scored 20 points in the opener which was just two-off his OSU high.
- Freshman Brice Sensabaugh has also been in double-figures in the first two games. He scored 17 in his debut and followed that with a 14-point performance last time out.
- Isaac Likekele had quite the Buckeye debut, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing-out six assists, blocking two shots and swiping two steals. He leads the team with 10 assists through two games.
- Sean McNeil is label as the team’s “sharp-shooter” and he has made a pair of three-pointers in each of the first two games of the season.
- Head coach Chris Holtmann is in his sixth season with the program. He has a record of 109-56 record at Ohio State and an overall coaching record of 223-141. His teams have won 20 or more games in each of the last nine seasons.