Dec. 3, 2017
Ohio State Buckeyes (6-3, 1-0) vs. Michigan Wolverines (7-2, 1-0)
|Date:||Dec. 4, 2017|
|Site:||Value City Arena (18,809)|
|Game Time:||6:31 p.m. ET|
|Talent:|| Tim Brando (Play-By-Play)
Jim Jackson (Expert Analysis)
|Radio:||OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)|
|Satellite Radio:||Sirius 145/ XM 195|
|Radio Talent:|| Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
Starting Five, Plus One
• Ohio State is near the end of one of the most difficult early-season stretches of games in recent history. The Buckeyes returned early last Monday morning from Portland, Oregon, where they participated in the PK80 Invitational against No. 17 Gonzaga Nov. 23, Stanford Nov. 24 and Butler last Nov. 26. Ohio State lost to Clemson last Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge before traveling Friday to Wisconsin for Big Ten battle with the Badgers last Saturday. Ohio State ends stretch at home against Michigan Monday.
• The Big Ten games this weekend were scheduled to accommodate the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York Feb. 28-March 4, a week earlier than normal. Ohio State has played a league game earlier than the games this weekend. The Buckeyes and Penn State played Nov. 20, 1998 because a suitable date during the traditional conference season was not available that year.
• Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).
• Keita Bates-Diop opened the season with three-consecutive double-doubles (10+Pts/10+Rebs) vs. Robert Morris, Radford and Texas Southern. Bates-Diop has 12 career D-Ds and six this season after recording a pair in Portland at the PK80 event and then most recently at Wisconsin.
• Keita-Bates Diop reached 400 rebounds for his career with seven vs. Clemson…he’s averaging 10.0 boards a game this season…Jae’Sean Tate reached 1,200 career points with 16 at Wisconsin (1,213) …he’s averaging 13.2 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…he also is one made foul shot shy of 200 made for his career (199-367/.54…C.J. Jackson has six games this season with 10 or more points, including five in the last six games…he tallied a career-high 23 points vs. Stanford at PK80 before a 19-point effort vs. Butler Nov. 26.
• Tate is one of just three 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 tied for eighth nationally in field goal percentage (.556) among players 6-4 or shorter…Tate is tied for 18th nationally and second among Power 5 conference players 6-4 or shorter with 6.4 rebounds per game…Keita Bates-Diop is tied for fourth nationally with six double-doubles.
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