January 13, 2017

Buckeyes, Spartans Tip at 1:38 p.m. Sunday in Columbus


Jan. 13, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-7, 0-4) vs. Michigan State Spartans (12-6, 4-1)

Date: Jan. 15, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 1:38 p.m.
Television: CBS
Talent: Carter Blackburn (Play-By-Play)
Bill Raftery (Expert Analysis)
None (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
• 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 nine points at Minnesota 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 1,135 is 39th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Jamaal Brown is No. 38 (1,139) behind No. 37 Frank Howard (1,147).
• 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 143 career league triumphs. He is tied with Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters. 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 needs 10 points to reach 600 for his career (580/11.3 ppg./52 gms) … Jae’Sean Tate is working on becoming Ohio State’s 26th player with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…he has 878 points (11.0 ppg.) and 465 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 80 career appearances…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 (Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga is averaging 6.1). Overall, Tate is tie for 14th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.5 rebounds per game … he also is tied for esixth nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 2.0 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson is tied for the most double-doubles (five) nationally among players averaging fewer than 22 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 17 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.2 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.2), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (11.7), 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).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
FGM Jae’Sean Tate (98/3rd)
FG% Jae’Sean Tate (.551/4th)
DRebs Trevor Thompson (112/2nd)
Rebounds Trevor Thompson (154/4th)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (92/4th)
Blocked Shots Trevor Thompson (34/4th)
2-point FG% Jae’Sean Tate (.597/2nd)
Opponent FG% (lowest) (.395/5th)
Opponent FTM (fewest) (181/4th)
Opponent FTA (fewest) (276/4th)
Opponent FT% (lowest) (.656/1st)
Opponent Steals (fewest) (83/2th)
Opponent Blocks (fewest) (47/2nd
Opponent Points (fewest) (1,138/5th)

Ohio State vs. Michigan State Series
Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 67-55. Ohio State is 35-23 in Columbus, 17-40 in East Lansing and 4-3 on neutral courts vs. the Spartans. Thad Matta teams are 11-15 in the series, including a 5-4 record at Value City Arena. Marc Loving has the most experience in the Michigan State series with seven all-time appearances. He averages 8.9 points and 2.3 rebounds. JaQuan Lyle averages 14.7 points and 4.3 boards in three meetings, all last year as a freshman. Jae’Sean Tate has just two career meetings vs. the Spartans. He’s averaged 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Scouting the Spartans
The Buckeyes return to Value City Arena after playing three of the first four Big Ten Conference games on the road. Michigan State enters the game with the Buckeyes with a 12-6 overall record and a 4-1 record in league play. Freshman Miles Bridges leads the Spartans in both scoring (14.5 ppg.) and rebounding (8.0 rpg.). Fellow rookie Nick Ward contributes 13.7 ppg. and 6.7 rpg. Senior Eron Harris is the third in the lineup averaging double digits offensively with 12.4 ppg.

Last Time vs. Michigan State
Big Ten player of the year Denzel Valentine scored 19 points and Eron Harris added 13 to help No. 2 Michigan State top Ohio State 81-54 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, March 11, 2016 in Indianapolis. It was the third game in 17 days between the two teams. JaQuan Lyle had 10 points to lead the Buckeyes. Valentine scored 10 points in an early 13-3 run, made a 3-pointer during an 8-0 run to start the second half and finished with nine rebounds and eight assists. The short-handed Buckeyes, without starters Keita Bates-Diop (mono) and Jae’Sean Tate (shoulder) just couldn’t stay with the deeper Spartans. Michigan State jumped to a 17-7 lead in the first 6 1/2 minutes and still led 33-26 at halftime.

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 795-705 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 170-82 vs. league members, including a mark of 166-79 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 166-79 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 330-115. In 17 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 13 at Ohio State) Matta is 170-81 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 (11-15) and is one under vs. Wisconsin (12-14) and Maryland (2-3).

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 143 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play to rank No. 13 (t) all-time in Big Ten history. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS/1935-59) is tied with Matta at No. 13 with 143 career victories in Big Ten regular-season play. 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 Wisconsin Game
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Badgers, 86-70.
• The Buckeyes have held all 17 opponents this season to shooting under 50 percent, the Badgers made 49.5 percent of their field goals.
• The Buckeyes were 19-of-23 from the free-throw line, good for 82.9 percent. Their season high was 85 percent from the free throw line when they played Purdue Jan. 6.
• Thad Matta-coached teams are now 12-14 overall against Wisconsin.
• Matta-coached teams own a record of 166-78 against Big Ten teams.
JaQuan Lyle went for 13 points and two assists on the night
• Trevor Thompson had 11 points, his 11th double-figure scoring effort of the season, while hauling in nine rebounds and blocking four shots.
Jae’Sean Tate scored 10 points, and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the contest.
• He has now scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this season.
Kam Williams tallied his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season.

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