March 12, 2018

Buckeyes, Jackrabbits Tip at 4 p.m. ET Thursday in Boise


March 12, 2018

No. 5 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (24-8) vs. No. 12 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (15-16)/No. 7 Penn State (19-12)

Date: March 15, 2018
Site: Taco Bell Arena (12,644)
Game Time: 4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. MT
Television: TNT
Talent: Brian Anderson (Play-By-Play)
Chris Webber (Expert Analysis)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145/XM 203
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Ohio State and The NCAA Tournament
Ohio State is making its 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Ohio State has a 49-26 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play. The Buckeyes have advanced to play in 10 Final Fours, have finished as the runner up four times (1939, 1961, 1962, 2007) and own one title (1960). Ohio State finished third four times (1944, 1945, 1946, 1968). The Buckeyes played in four-consecutive NCAA “Sweet 16s,” a record accomplishment for Ohio State and the longest streak in the country from 2010-13. Ohio State last accomplished three consecutive “Sweet 16s” from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have made 14 “Sweet 16” appearances in NCAA Tournament play.

The 2018 Buckeyes-NCAA Tournament Stats
The 2017-18 Ohio State roster has nine games of combined NCAA Tournament experience and two starts entering the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The team has a total of 25 points and 16 rebounds in 98 minutes during NCAA Tournament play. Graduate Andrew Dakich has played in three NCAA Tournament games, all during his undergraduate years at Michigan. He played a total of eight minutes, recording two rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop has been in two NCAA games, averaging 3.0 ppg with one rebound. He has played 18 total minutes in two games. He attempted two 3-pointers, making both. Jae’Sean Tate has made two appearances, both starts in NCAA Tournament games. He has tallied 12 rebounds and 19 points. He has made 8 of 13 field goals (.615) in NCAA play. Kam Williams has made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and has recorded 12 minutes of game action with no points and one rebound.

The 2018 NCAA Tournament
The No. 5-seeded (West Regional) Buckeyes enter the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a 24-8 record. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 15-3 record, tied for the No. 2 spot. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament last week in New York. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making their 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio State vs. 2018 NCAA Field: 408-351 (.538)/35-37 (.486)
vs. South Region: 45-29 (.608)/8-5 (.615)
vs. East Region: 151-126 (.545)/9-8 (529)
vs. West Region: 122-99 (.552)/9-18 (333)
vs. Midwest Region: 90-97 (.481)/9-6 (.600)
2018 Buckeyes vs. NCAA Field: 5-5 (.500)
East: Radford (1-0), Butler (0-1), Purdue (1-0); West: Texas Southern (1-0), Gonzaga (0-1), Michigan (1-1), North Carolina (0-1); Midwest: Clemson (0-1), Michigan State (1-0); South: (0-0).

Ohio State Big Ten Award Winners, 2018
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was named the 2018 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year (coaches, media) as well as a 2018 First Team All-Big Ten honoree by both the league coaches and media Feb. 26. Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 overall record and a 15-3 mark in the Big Ten regular season. Bates-Diop averaged 19.2 points and 8.9 rebounds over 31 games. He is the sixth Ohio State player to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Buckeyes have claimed the honor a total of seven times. Jim Jackson is Ohio State’s only two-time winner (1991, 1992). Evan Turner last claimed the honor in 2010. Ohio State’s last first team All-Big Ten honoree was D’Angelo Russell at the guard position in 2015.
Ohio State’s Big Ten Players of the Year
1987 Dennis Hopson
1991 Jim Jackson
1992 Jim Jackson
1999 Scoonie Penn
2006 Terence Dials
2010 Evan Turner
2018 Keita Bates-Diop
* Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, was named the league’s coach of the year in his first season in Columbus (coaches, media). He has earned top honors in each of three conferences in which he has coached during his seven-year career. He was the 2013 Big South COY at Gardner-Webb and the Big East COY in 2017 while leading the Butler Bulldogs. Holtmann led the Buckeyes to the most wins under a first-year Ohio State coach and to the highest finish in the Big Ten regular season (2nd) of any previous Ohio State coach in his first season in Columbus.
Ohio State’s Big Ten Coaches of the Year
1983 Eldon Miller
1991 Randy Ayers
1992 Randy Ayers
1999 Jim O’Brien
2001 Jim O’Brien
2006 Thad Matta
2007 Thad Matta
2010 Thad Matta
2018 Chris Holtmann
* Jae’Sean Tate was named second team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and to the honorable mention team by the league media. Tate averaged 12.5 points a game this season in 31 starts. He added 6.2 rebounds and connected on 56 percent of his shots from the field (159-284).
* Kaleb Wesson was named to the 2018 All-Big Ten Freshman Team by the league coaches. He started 27 games for the Buckeyes and averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds. He shot 57.5 percent from the field (115-200) and went to the free throw line a team-high 132 times, making 96 (.727). He also was second on the team in blocks with 21.
* Andrew Dakich was named the Ohio State 2017-18 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. A fifth-year transfer from Michigan playing his only season in Columbus, Dakich appeared in all 31 games, starting one. He averaged 18.4 minutes per game and handed out 66 assists while recording 26 steals.

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
Keita Bates-Diop was selected to The Sporting News Second Team All-America squad March 5 and was named a USBWA Second Team All-America March 12. He was selected to the Naismith Trophy Late Season Watch List Feb. 15 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. He was added to the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch List Feb. 5. He is one of 15 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 March 7 Bates-Diop is one of five 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 (24) 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 1,200 points for his career (1,220) with a 25-point effort vs. Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament March 2 in New York…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 600 (606) career rebounds with 14 at Indiana Feb. 23 in a double overtime win for the Buckeyes (80-78)…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 600 points this season (620) with 25 vs. Penn State the last time out…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…there have been 22 seasons previously in which an Ohio State player reached 600 points…D’Angelo Russell was the last Buckeye with 600+ points in a season…he did so as a freshman in 2015 with a total of 675…Bates-Diop is 37th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list.
34. Ronnie Stokes 1,240
35. Larry Siegfried 1,228
36. John Havlicek 1,223
37. Keita Bates-Diop 1,220
38. Luke Witte 1,211
Keita Bates-Diop will end the season as Ohio State’s leading scorer. He currently averages 19.4 points per game. Ohio State has had a different leading scorer in each of the last six years after Jared Sullinger led with 17.2 points as a freshman in 2011 and 17.5 points as a sophomore in 2012.
Year Leading Scorer Tot Pts. Avg.
2013 Deshaun Thomas 733 19.8
2014 LaQuinton Ross 533 15.2
2015 D’Angelo Russell 675 19.3
2016 Marc Loving 490 14.0
2017 Jae’Sean Tate 458 14.3
2018 Keita Bates-Diop 620 19.4
Keita Bates-Diop’s 620 points to date this season rank 19th all-time in Ohio State history for most points in a single season.
Rk Player Pts. Season FGs(3s) FTs
15. Jared Sullinger 647 2011-12 228(16) 175
16. Jared Sullinger 635 2010-11 222(3) 188
17. Evan Turner 632 2009-10 237 (20) 138
18. Jay Burson 625 1987-88 227(24) 147
19 Keita Bates-Diop 620 2017-18 230(58) 102
C.J. Jackson reached 500 points for his career with five at No. 3 Purdue Feb. 7 (569)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. Maryland Jan. 11…Jackson has 23 games this season with 10 or more points, including a 13-point effort in the double overtime win at Indiana in which he hit the game-winning 3-pointer with under 2 seconds to play in the second extra session for the 80-78 win. Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points vs. Indiana Jan. 30 to reach 1,400 career points (1,493)…he is averaging 12.5 points a game this season and 11.8 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 20 all-time in career scoring. He passed David Lighty with 20 points at Michigan. Troy Taylor is next at No. 19 with 1,497 career points.
19. Troy Taylor 1,497
20. Jae’Sean Tate 1,493
21. Jerry Francis 1,486
In addition to his abilities on offense, Tate joined the 700 club in career rebounding at Ohio State with six boards vs. Indiana in January…he has 750 over 126 contests for an average of 6.0 a game…he became the 14th Buckeye all-time to reach 700 career boards…
8. 761 Dave Sorenson 1968-70
9. 757 Jae’Sean Tate (2015-Present)
10 739 Ken Johnson 1998-01
…the game against the Hoosiers Jan. 30 was his 100th career start in an Ohio State uniform. Kam Williams is the latest Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points after he tallied 15 at Indiana Feb. 23…he is the 56th player all-time and the third on the current Ohio State roster to reach 1,000 career points.
51. Bill Andreas 1,023
52. Jason Singleton 1,022
53. Kam Williams 1,016
54. Lenzelle Smith Jr. 1,014
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 234-84 after the loss the last time out vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just 11 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 first nationally in field goal percentage (.556) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is sixth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 54 blocked shots…among players with at least 50 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).

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