January 15, 2022

Buckeyes Open Home Stand Sunday vs. Penn State


#16/15 Ohio State vs. Penn State
January 16, 2021
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Watch: BTN
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Penn State
Ohio State | Penn State
Season Stats: Ohio State | Penn State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State returns home to start a three-game home stand on Sunday by hosting Big Ten rival Penn State. The Buckeyes won the first meeting between the two teams in State College earlier this season. Tip-off is set for Noon and Brandon Gaudin and Nick Bahe will call the action on BTN.

  • Ohio State officially leads the all-time series with Penn State 39-18, and that includes a 20-5 mark here in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won five of the last six meetings in Columbus dating back to 2015.
  • The Buckeyes won the first meeting this season 76-64 on Dec. 5 in State College in the conference opener for each team. Jamari Wheeler was great in his first game against his former team with nine points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. Kyle Young was a career-best 4-of-4 from long range and led the team with 16 points.
  • Ohio State is looking to sweep the season series with the Nittany Lions for the second consecutive season.
  • The Buckeyes next three games will all be at home in the friendly confines of Value City Arena where they are 7-0 on the season. They are one of just two Big Ten teams that are undefeated at home this year, joining Indiana (11-0).
  • Ohio State is 4-2 so far in conference play which is fourth in the standings, just one game ahead of Penn State.
  • J. Liddell has scored in double figures in all 14 games this season and comes in fourth in the conference at 19.9 ppg. He is also second in the conference in blocks per game (3.1) and has recorded multiple blocks in each of the last five games.
  • Freshman Malaki Branham has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week each of the last two weeks. He has scored in double figures each of the last four games after hitting the 10-point mark just once in the first 10 games.
  • Jamari Wheeler is playing against his former team for just the second time. He has provided the veteran presence on the ball for the Buckeyes this season, averaging 4.2 assists per game and has a 2.19 assist-to-turnover ratio. He ranks in the Top 10 in the conference in both categories.
  • The Buckeyes are averaging 80.6 points per game at home this season compared to 70.6 away from home. They are also shooting over 51 percent from the floor at home and 45 percent on the road or at a neutral site.