Dec. 9, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2) vs. Connecticut Huskies (4-4)

Date: Dec. 10, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 6:06 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Wayne Randazzo (Play-By-Play)
Jon Crispin (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 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)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored 12 points vs. Florida Atlantic the last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,051 is 48th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Jamie Skelton and Ken Johnson are tied at the No. 46 spot with 1,055 career points as Buckeyes.
• 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 returned to action vs. Florida Atlantic. He came off the bench to score 10 points and grab three rebounds. He reached 200 career field goals and 300 career rebounds in the game vs. the Owls. Marc Loving is one assist shy of 100 for his career. JaQuan Lyle is 12 points away from 500 (11.1 ppg for career/44 games). He also needs one assist to reach 200 and eight rebounds for 200 career boards.
• Matta teams are 304-16 during his tenure at Ohio State when the Buckeyes own a lead with 5:00 to play in games. Ohio State also is 287-19 in 306 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 121 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 54-67 in those games with a winning percentage of .446. That win total ranks No. 10 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.

Ohio State Nationally-Statistically
Ohio State ranks No. 20 nationally in field goal percentage defense. The Buckeyes allow foes to score at a 37.3 percent clip on the year (199-533). Ohio State also rates No. 20 nationally in lowest opponent 2-point field goal percentage (.406/125-308). The Buckeyes are No. 27 nationally inside the arc at 56.7 percent accuracy (186-328). Junior Trevor Thompson is connecting on 69.1 percent of his shots this season. That percentage would be good enough for No. 9 nationally if he were averaging five made field goals a game. He currently is at 4.2 made a contest. Sophomore JaQuan Lyle is No. 21 nationally in total assists with 52. He is 36th with an average of 5.8 helpers a game. Sophomore C.J. Jackson rates No. 6 nationally in average assists per 40 minutes (10.4 apg). Lyle is 30th at 8.1 per 40 minutes played.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Field goals made Jae’Sean Tate (50/8th)
Field goal percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.575/4th)
3-point FGs made Kam Williams (21/8th)
3-point FG percentage Kam Williams (.477/4th)
Offensive rebounds Jae’Sean Tate (26/4th)
Defensive rebounds Trevor Thompson (53/5th)
Total rebounds Jae’Sean Tate (70/7th)
Trevor Thompson (69/9th)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (52/1st)
C.J. Jackson (39/7th)
Steals Kam Williams (13/5th)
Blocked shots Trevor Thompson (19/3rd)
2-point FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.615/3rd)

Scouting the Huskies
Connecticut travels to Columbus after wins in three of the last four outings and an overall record of 4-4. The Huskies lost three of the first four games this season vs. Wagner, Northeastern and Oklahoma State. UConn’s other loss was to No. 13 Oregon. Husky wins have come against Loyola-Marymount, Chaminade, Boston University and most recently vs. Syracuse. Three regulars average in double figures offensively led by sophomore guard Jalen Adams with 17.8 ppg. Terry Larrier, a sophomore guard transfer from Virginia Tech, chips in 13.5 ppg. ahead of senior guard Rodney Pervis (12.5 ppg.). Senior center Amida Brimah leads the team in rebounds per game at 5.5.

Ohio State vs. Connecticut Series
The game with the Huskies is the final in a home-and-home series with Connecticut that began a year ago in Storrs. Ohio State lost that game 75-55 Dec. 12, 2015. The teams last played in Columbus Dec. 3, 1983, the first game in the all-time series (OSU leads 3-2). Ohio State won that game 74-67 in the only meeting in Columbus. Ohio State is 1-1 on neutral courts vs. UConn. The win was a 78-55 affair March 21, 1992 in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament in Cincinnati. Connecticut was a 72-67 winner March 30, 1988 in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The only other meeting was a 72-65 Ohio State win at Connecticut (Hartford Civic Center) Dec. 8, 1984. Against the currently allignment of the American Athletic Conference Ohio State is 22-12.

Ohio State vs. the American Athletic Conference
Central Florida…………………… 1-0
Cincinnati ……………………………6-4
Connecticut……………………….. 3-2
East Carolina
Houston…………………………….. 4-0
Memphis…………………………… 2-1
South Florida……………………… 0-2
Southern Methodist
Temple………………………………. 2-1
Tulane ……………………………….4-2
Totals …………………………….22-12

Rookie Starters in Matta Era
Thad Matta has started seven freshmen in their first game at Ohio State during his tenure (2005-present). Four of those rookies did so from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Rookie Micah Potter, a freshman center from Mentor, Ohio, started his first game as a Buckeye at Navy Nov. 14. The two most recent freshman starters were Jared Sullinger at center in 2010-11 and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15. David Lighty and Mike Conley Jr. were the first freshmen starters in the Matta era in 2006. Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos got the starting nod in 2007-08.

Noting the Florida Atlantic Game
• This was the first meeting between Ohio State and Florida Atlantic.
• Ohio State is 8-5 all-time against the teams that currently make up the Conference USA.
• Ohio State is 21-21 in overtime games played at home.
• The last time the Buckeyes had a home OT loss was against Penn State Jan. 29, 2014.
• The Owls are the second opponent this season to shoot above 40 percent from the field. North Carolina Central was the only other team to do the same.
• The was the fourth time this season four or more Buckeyes scored in double digits as five had double figures against FAU.
• The Buckeyes are 226-21 when they score 70 or more points in the Thad Matta era and 5-1 this season.
• Matta-coached teams are 287-19 when leading by 10 or more points at any point in a game and 7-2 this season.
• When leading with five minutes to go, Thad Matta coached teams are now 304-16 and 7-2 this season.
• Matta is 266-31 (.858) all-time when his team leads at half and 7-1 on the season.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 77-14 (.846) in the Month of December.
• Trevor Thompson matched his career-high 16 points, making 7 of 9 field goals, to go along with seven rebounds.
Jae’Sean Tate recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists in his 40 minutes on the floor.
• Tate has scored double digits in every game this season except in the game against Jackson State.
Marc Loving put up 12 points in addition to six rebounds and two assists.
• The game marks the second-consecutive game this season for Loving scoring into double digits, and his fourth time this season.
JaQuan Lyle went for 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the night.
Keita Bates-Diop returned to the court after missing five consecutive games this season.
• He joined four of his teammates scoring in double digits, contributing 10 points in addition to one assist and three rebounds.

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