February 13, 2017

Buckeyes, Spartans Conclude Season Series in East Lansing Tuesday


Feb. 13, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (15-11, 5-8) vs. Michigan State Spartans (15-10, 7-5)

Date: Feb. 14, 2017
Site: Breslin Center (14,797)
Game Time: 9:05 p.m.
Television: ESPN
Talent: Dan Shulman (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
Molly McGrath (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Thad Matta is closing on the Ohio State record for most games coached in a career. His teams have played in 454 games to date (335-119). Matta will tie Fred Taylor for the No. 2 spot in the game vs. Michigan State Tuesday. Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) coached in 456 games (259-197) and Taylor was on the sidelines for 455 career games (297-158) from 1959-76.
• In Thad Matta’s 13 seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have been swept in a regular season home-and-home series with a Big Ten foe just ten times. Ohio State has played 83 home-and-home series in Matta’s tenure to date. The Buckeyes have swept 35 and split 38 series with Big Ten foes in Matta’s tenure. When the Buckeyes fall in the first game of a home-and-home Big Ten regular season series, Ohio State is 24-9 in the second game of the series under Matta.
• Thad Matta is among the final 16 coaches who advanced to the third round of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Third-round voting to advance to final round of four coaches is open now and runs through Feb. 26. Vote daily for Coach Matta and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti.
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000. His point total of 1,262 is 32nd on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. No. 31 is Jared Sullinger with 1,282. Against Maryland Feb. 11, junior Jae’Sean Tate became the 54th Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points and the 13th in the Matta era. He passed former teammate Sam Thompson (1,001) and current assistant coach Chris Jent (1,007) to rank 52nd on the Ohio State all-time scoring list. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is No. 51 with 1,014.
• Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 148 career league triumphs. He passed Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who 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.
Marc Loving is working on becoming Ohio State’s 27th player with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…Jae’Sean Tate became the 26th to accomplish the feat with 20 points at Maryland Feb. 11. He has 1,008 points (11.3 ppg.) and 512 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 89 career appearances…Tate reached 500 rebounds with five at Michigan Feb. 4…Loving has 1,262 career points (9.9 ppg.) and 491 career rebounds (3.8 rpg.).

Off the Bench
• Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State for the 2004-05 season, a Buckeye has recorded 15 or more rebounds in a game 24 times, the most of any Big Ten team. Junior Trevor Thompson has four of those efforts this year with a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Connecticut Dec. 10, 2016 and 15 rebounds three times (vs. Youngstown State, at Minnesota and against Northwestern). Jared Sullinger recorded eight games with 15 or more rebounds, Greg Oden recorded five, Evan Turner and Terence Dials each had two. Othello Hunter, Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross each posted one game with 15 or more rebounds. Ohio State is 20-4 when a player records at least 15 rebounds in Matta era.
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop had season-ending surgery Jan. 25 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.
• 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 tied for the longest streak among Big Ten schools over Thad Matta’s 13-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Wisconsin (10-1 in conference play this year) has a streak of 11-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 126 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 54-72 in those games with a winning percentage of .429. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
• The Buckeyes are 6-5 on the year in games decided by five or fewer points. Wins have come against Michigan (70-66), Providence (72-67), Connecticut (64-60), UNC Asheville (79-77), Michigan State (72-67), and at Nebraska (67-66). Losses have been to Virginia (63-61) on the road, Florida Atlantic (79-77), at Illinois (75-70), Purdue (76-75) and Northwestern (74-72).
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Markelle Fultz of Washington is averaging 6.0). Overall, Tate is 18th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.1 rebounds per game … he also is tied for 16th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 1.8 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson has the second-most double-doubles (10) nationally among players averaging fewer than 24 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 26 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.3 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (12.2), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (11.4), junior Trevor Thompson (10.8) and junior Kam Williams (10.6). 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 9.4 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. 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. Michigan State Series
Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 67-56. Ohio State is 36-23 in Columbus, 17-40 in East Lansing and 4-3 on neutral courts vs. the Spartans. Thad Matta teams are 12-15 in the series, including a 4-7 record at the Breslin Center. Marc Loving has the most experience in the Michigan State series with eight all-time appearances. He averages 9.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. JaQuan Lyle averages 16.5 points and 4.3 boards in four meetings. Jae’Sean Tate has just three career meetings vs. the Spartans. He’s averaged 10.0 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State enters the game with the Buckeyes with a 15-10 overall record and a 7-5 record in league play. Freshman Miles Bridges leads the Spartans in both scoring (16.2 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.). Fellow rookie Nick Ward contributes 13.1 ppg. and 6.0 rpg. Senior Eron Harris is the third in the lineup averaging double digits offensively with 11.3 ppg.

Last Time vs. Michigan State
Behind 22 points, six assists and four boards from JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State knocked off Michigan State 72-67 at Value City Arena Jan. 15. All five Ohio State starters scored in double figures as Lyle paced the Buckeyes while Marc Loving and Jae’Sean Tate each scored 12 and Trevor Thompson and Kam Williams added 10 apiece. Miles Bridges tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans. After a Nick Ward jumper gave Michigan State a 20-16 lead with 10:28 remaining in the first half, Ohio State used an 11-0 run over the next 2:51, spurred on by six points from Loving and a 3-pointer by Lyle, to take a 27-20 advantage. The Spartans then closed the half on a 13-6 spurt as Ohio State held a 36-33 lead going into the break. Ohio State continued to hold off the Spartans until a Kyle Ahrens 3-pointer put the Spartans on top 48-46 with 14:45 remaining in the contest. The teams continued to go back and forth until a 10-0 Buckeye run, including five points from Lyle, a corner 3-pointer from Tate and a Thompson layup pushed the Ohio State lead to 66-58 with 5:33 left to play. Michigan State then cut the Buckeye advantage to 70-67 on a Bridges free throw with 20 seconds remaining but free throws from Williams and Tate iced the game as the Buckeyes picked up their first Big Ten win of 2017.

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 800-709 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 175-86 vs. league members, including a mark of 171-83 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 148 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.

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 Maryland Game
• The Buckeyes trail the all-time series 6-5.
• Ohio State is 1-4 in games played in College Park.
• Maryland shot 49.1 percent from the field in the contest.
• Ohio State has held 24 of its 26 opponents to under 50 percent shooting from the field this season.
• The Buckeyes surrendered 12 made 3-pointers in the game.
• Ohio State is 4-6 this season when its opponent makes 10 or more 3-pointers.
• The Buckeyes are 3-10 this season when their opponent scores 70 or more points.
• Ohio State is 621-269 contests in which a player records a double-double.
• The Maryland bench outscored the Buckeyes 33-0. The last time the Ohio State bench was held scoreless was atainst Nebraksa Feb. 20, 2016.
• The last time two Ohio State players recorded 20 or more points in the same game was against Marshall (11/25/16) when Marc Loving and Jae’Sean Tate both scored 20 points. Loving scored 24 and Tate 20 vs. Maryland
• The last time three Ohio State players fouled out in the same game was Dec. 3, 2002 when Sean Connolly, Zach Williams and Velimir Radinovic fouled out vs. Duke. The last time it happend in a Big Ten game was against Wisconsin Feb. 6, 2002 (Connolly, Williams, Tim Martin).
• The last time an Ohio State opponent was perfect from the foul line with a minimum of 10 attempts was Pete Lisicky, Penn State, Feb. 28, 1998. Maryland’s Anthony Cowan was 10-10 at the FT line Saturday.
• Ohio State is 58-14 in Thad Matta era when connecting on 80 percent or better at the foul line (min 10 made). The Buckeyes made 15-18 (.833) vs. Maryland.
• Against ranked opponents this season, Ohio State has made 84 of 103 FTs (.816).
• Thad Matta is 2-4 versus Maryland in his tenure at Ohio State.
• Matta is 171-83 against Big Ten opponents while coaching the Buckeyes.
• Ohio State is now 65-47 against Big Ten teams when the game is decided by 10 or less points under Matta.
• The Buckeyes are 51-26 when allowing their opponent to make 10 or more 3-pointers in the Matta era.
Jae’Sean Tate filled up the stat sheet recording 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, a block and two steals in the contest.
• Tate has now scored in double figures 12 consecutive games and 24 of 26 games for the season.
• Became the 54th Buckeye to reach 1,000 career points and the 26th Ohio State player to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds Marc Loving
Marc Loving led all scorers in the contest putting up a season high 24 points.
• His four 3-pointers tied a season high.
• Loving played all 40 minutes of the contest.
C.J. Jackson started his second consecutive game at point guard posting 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.
• His 13 points were a career high.
• Trevor Thompson recorded a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards.
• This was Thompson’s 10th double-double of the season and 13th of his career.

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