February 9, 2019

Buckeyes Square Off with Indiana Sunday in Bloomington

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Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayFeb. 20, 2019
OpponentNorthwestern (12-13, 3-11 B1G)
SiteValue City Arena (18,809)
Time8:30 p.m. ET
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TalentBrandon Gaudin (Play-By-Play)
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Starting Five

  • The Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to Spain for 11 days over the summer. The Buckeyes played a total of three games, one in each stop during the trip, which began Aug. 1 with a flight to Madrid. Three days were spent in Madrid (W, 93-61 vs. Madrid Generals), Valencia (W, 95-63 vs. Valencia All-Stars) and Barcelona (W, 68-66 vs. Catalan All-Stars) before the team returned to Columbus Aug. 11. The team also experienced several cultural tours, team meals and excursions.
  • Six Buckeyes are shooting better than 70 percent from the foul line this season. Freshman Luther Muhammad upped his foul shooting percentage with a 7-of-8 effort at Nebraska and an 8-for-8 outing vs. Penn State. He is shooting at a 75 percent clip to date (42-56). Guards C.J. Jackson and Keyshawn Woods shoot 80 percent and 82 percent, respectively. Brothers Kaleb Wesson (74 percent) and Andre Wesson (75 percent) join freshman Jaedon LeDee (75 percent) in the frontcourt.
  • With 250 wins in the last nine seasons (2010-19), Ohio State already has more victories this decade than in any other in the program’s history. Ohio State won 189 games from 1980-1989 and 188 contests from 1960-69. The winning percentage of .729 (250-93/343) in the last 10 years is the best previous winning percentage in a decade in Ohio State history. The win total is No. 12 nationally over the last 10 seasons and second only to Michigan State’s 256 wins among Big Ten teams.
  • The Buckeyes have four wins in eight tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60), lost at No. 5 Michigan (65-49) and took down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court. At home, the Buckeyes fell vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62), No. 8 Michigan State (86-77) and Purdue (79-67) and have a win over Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State has at least two games remaining vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament: at Purdue and at Michigan State.
  • Ohio State will play 12 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Six of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 7 Michigan (away), No. 9 Michigan State (home/away), No. 15 Purdue (home/away), No. 19 Wisconsin (home), No. 20 Iowa (home/away), No. 24 Maryland (home/away) and No. 25 Cincinnati (away) among teams currently in the Top 25. Against those receiving votes, Ohio State faced Syracuse (home).

Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (132-356/.371) from distance … has scored 892 career points after a 15-point effort vs. Penn State and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Kyle Young, who missed four games with a stress fracture in his right leg, is 55-for-74 shooting this season (.743) … he returned to action vs. Penn State Feb. 7 after suffering the injury vs. Maryland Jan. 18 … Joey Lane has appeared in nine games this season and is 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range … he also has six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 3.1 minutes per game.

The Ohio State vs. Indiana Series
Indiana leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 105-79. Indiana is 63-26 in Bloomington. Ohio State is 53-36 in Columbus while the Hoosiers are 5-1 on neutral courts. C.J. Jackson leads Ohio State offensively vs. the Hoosiers with 13.7 points in three career appearances. Kaleb Wesson averaged 13 points and 5.0 rebounds in two meetings vs. the Hoosiers a year ago.

Scouting the Hoosiers
Indiana enters the game with a record of 13-10 and 4-8 in Big Ten Conference play after a loss to Iowa Thursday in Bloomington. Freshman Romeo Langford leads the Hoosiers with 17.6 points per game. Senior Juwan Morgan adds 15.9 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game. The Hoosiers started the season with a 12-2 record, which included conference wins over Northwestern and Penn State. After a win over Illinois in early January, Indiana fell in its next seven outings before a win at Michigan State Feb. 2.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 822-723 against current league members. Chris Holtmann is new to the Big Ten but no stranger to Big Ten competition. He faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes last year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 24-17 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.