January 17, 2017

Buckeyes Return to the Road for Tilt at Nebraska


Jan. 17, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (11-7, 1-4) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-8, 3-2)

Date: Jan. 18, 2017
Site: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000)
Game Time: 9:06 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Shon Morris (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81/XM 81
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop will have season-ending surgery on his left leg to repair a stress fracture he has been battling since missing about two months of summer workouts with the injury. Bates-Diop played in nine games this season around illness, a right ankle sprain sustained in the Providence game (Nov. 17) and lingering pain from the left-leg stress fracture. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Ohio State will apply for a medical redshirt season on Bates-Diop’s behalf following the 2016-17 campaign. If granted, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored 12 points against Michigan State 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 1,147 is tied for 37th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with Frank Howard. Lawrence Funderburke is No. 36 with 1,179 career points.
• 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 13-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 144 career league triumphs. He passed Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters with the win over Michigan State (72-67/Jan. 15 in Columbus). The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
JaQuan Lyle reached 600 points for his career (612/11.5 ppg./53 gms) with 22 points vs. Michigan State the last time out … Jae’Sean Tate and Marc Loving are working on becoming Ohio State’s 26th/27th players with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…Tate has 890 points (11.0 ppg.) and 468 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 81 career appearances… Loving has 1,247 career points (9.6 ppg.) and 451 career rebounds (3.8 rpg.)…Deshaun Thomas was the most recent Buckeye to join the 1,000/500 club in 2013…he finished with 1,630/560.

Off the Bench
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 124 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 54-70 in those games with a winning percentage of .435. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Juwan Parker of Georgia is averaging 6.1). Overall, Tate is tie for 17th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.3 rebounds per game … he also is tied for 11th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 1.9 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson is tied for the most double-doubles (five) nationally among players averaging fewer than 23 minutes per game. In games where Thompson comes off the bench, he is averaging the second-most rebounds per game nationally at 8.5.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 18 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.1 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.2), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (12.2), junior Trevor Thompson (10.7) and junior Kam Williams (10.4). Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is out for the remainder of the season (stress fracture, left leg) averaged 9.7 ppg. in nine appearances this year. Thompson’s 9.1 rebounds a game leads the team.

Thompson’s Effort on the Glass vs. UConn One of Best in Matta Era
Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, there have been eight games in which a Buckeye recorded 17 or more rebounds. Trevor Thompson recorded a career-best with 17 boards vs. Connecticut. He also tallied a career-high 17 points in the 64-60 win last Saturday in Columbus. Both Greg Oden (vs. Purdue, 3/10/07) and Jared Sullinger (vs. South Carolina Dec. 18, 2010) recorded 19-rebound games. Sullinger also had a pair of games with 18 boards (both vs. Northwestern 3/11/11, 2/29/12). Evan Turner recorded two games with 17 caroms (vs. Alcorn State 11/9/09; and James Madison 11/12/09). Turner’s effort vs. Alcorn State was part of triple-double in which he scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Terence Dials also grabbed 17 boards in a game vs. Illinois (12/12/06).

Ohio State vs. Nebraska Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Huskers 13-3. The Buckeyes are 4-2 in Lincoln and 7-0 in Columbus. The teams have met three times on neutral courts with the Buckeyes owning the 2-1 advantage in those games. Thad Matta teams are 9-1 vs. Nebraska, which includes a 3-1 record in Lincoln. Senior Marc Loving has played the most games vs. Nebraska with five. He averages 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in the series. Junior Jae’Sean Tate averages 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two career appearances vs. the Huskers. JaQuan Lyle tallied 19 points and seven rebounds in his only meeting vs. Nebraska last year.

Scouting the Cornhuskers
Nebraska will play host to the Buckeyes sporting a 9-8 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers were 6-6 in non-conference action before opening league play with wins at Indiana, at Maryland and at home vs. Iowa. Northwestern and Michigan downed Nebraska in the last two games leading up to the matchup with the Buckeyes. Senior guard Tai Webster leads the Huskers in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Glynn Watson Jr. is next with 15.1 ppg. just ahead of the 10.1 ppg. contributed by sophomore forward Ed Morrow. Morrow leads the way on the boards with 7.9 caroms a game.

Last Time vs. Nebraska
JaQuan Lyle scored all 19 of his points after halftime, including six in overtime to carry Ohio State to a 65-62 victory over Nebraska Feb. 20, 2016.Lyle’s layup with 31 seconds left broke a 62-62 tie, and the Huskers missed on three more chances before Ohio State secured its sixth win in eight games. Andrew White III missed badly on a drive with 15.1 seconds left and on a 3-pointer after that. Glynn Watson Jr. grabbed White’s miss and was well off with his desperation try just before the buzzer. Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and Jae’Sean Tate and Marc Loving added 15 apiece for Ohio State, with Tate also grabbing 12 rebounds. Jack McVeigh led the Huskers with 16 points, White had 14 and Watson added 10. Nebraska shot a season-low 27.1 percent from the field.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is competing in its 105th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2016-17. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 796-705 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 171-82 vs. league members, including a mark of 167-79 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Streak vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in 12 of his 13 full seasons in Columbus. Matta is 164-35 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 167-79 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 331-115. In 17 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 13 at Ohio State) Matta is 171-81 vs. the current roster of Big Ten teams. He has winning records vs. 10-of-13 league opponents: ILL (17-6), IND (12-10), IOWA (13-7), MICH (19-7), MINN (14-7), NW (19-1), PSU (21-2), PUR (18-9), NEB (9-1) and RUT (3-0). He is four games under .500 vs. Michigan State (12-15) and is one under vs. Wisconsin (12-14) and Maryland (2-3).

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 144 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play to rank No. 13 all-time in Big Ten history. Ohio State’s Harold Olsen (1923-46) holds down the No. 12 spots with 154 all-time league wins.

Noting the Michigan State Game
• Ohio State now trails the all-time series with Michigan, 67-56.
• Michigan State shot 50 percent on the night, the only one of 18 opponents this season to shoot at least 50 percent against the Buckeyes.
• The Buckeyes held MSU to be scoreless for 4:33 minutes in the first half.
• The Spartans are the 10th team this season which the Buckeyes have held under 70 points.
• The Buckeyes are 5-0 this year when making at least 10 3-pointers.
• Ohio State is now 10-2 when leading at halftime this season.
• The Scarlet and Gray is 11-2 this season when leading with five minutes left in the game.
• Five Buckeyes scored in double figures.
• Thad Matta-coached teams are now 12-15 overall against Michigan State and hold an overall record of 6-4 in Value City Arena.
• Matta has 144 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play, good for the No. 13 spot all-time in Big Ten history.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State has an overall record of 167-79 against Big Ten members.
• Matta owns a career record of 331-115, 171-82 against Big Ten Conference teams.
• Matta-led teams are now 229-84 when they score more than 70 points in the game.
• Thad Matta is 189-8 in Columbus vs. unranked opponents. The Buckeyes have lost just five times to an unranked non-conference opponent during his 13 years at Ohio State.
• Ohio State is 68-3 in Columbus with Matta at the helm vs. unranked Big Ten opponents.
• Opponents have made fewer than 10 FTs 223 times in Matta era vs. the Buckeyes. OSU is 192-31 in those games.
JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes in scoring for the night with 22 points and added six assists and four rebounds.
• Lyle went for a career-high five 3-pointers in the game.
• Lyle has now scored in double figures in 12 games this season.
• Trevor Thompson grabbed eight rebounds on the night and tallied 10 points, one assist and two blocks.
• Thompson has scored in double figures for four consecutive games.
Jae’Sean Tate went for 12 points and three rebounds in the game.
• Tate tied his season-high three steals. The last time he had three steals was in the win over Western Carolina on Nov. 21.
Marc Loving scored 12 points while also adding two assists and seven rebounds.
• Loving now has 1,147 career points and moved up to No. 37 on the Ohio State all-time scoring list.
• Loving made 6-of-6 free throws, good enough to tie his season high against Marshall on Nov. 25.

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