December 2, 2019

Buckeyes, Tar Heels Meet in Top 10 Matchup Wednesday in Chapel Hill

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Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayDec. 7, 2019
OpponentPenn State (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
SiteValue City Arena (19,049)
TimeNoon p.m. ET
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TalentKevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Shon Morris (Expert Analysis)
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Starting Five

  • The Buckeyes are 1,155-415 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.736) … against Ohio teams, Ohio State is 237-79 (.749) all-time, regardless of location. The Buckeyes faced a pair of intrastate foes this season. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Nov. 6 at Value City Arena (64-56) and then Kent State Nov. 25 at St. John Arena (W, 72-51). Ohio State is 179-30 vs. Ohio teams in Columbus (.856). In the state of North Carolina, Ohio State is 4-9 all-time. The Buckeyes last played in North Carolina Nov. 28, 2012, a 73-68 loss at No. 2 Duke. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 4 in that game. The Buckeyes’ last win in the state was at Wake Forest Dec. 1, 1969, a 96-92 victory for the No. 18 Buckeyes.
  • Three current Buckeyes were named Mr. Basketball in their respective states. Junior Kaleb Wesson was named Ohio Mr. Basketball as a senior at Westerville South High School … freshman D.J. Carton was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa in 2019 as a senior at Bettendorf High School and freshman E.J. Liddell was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in both 2018 and 2019 after leading Belleville High School to back-to-back state titles.
  • Andre and Kaleb Wesson are one of 16 sets of brothers playing in NCAA Division I this season and one of three sets in the Big Ten. Iowa (McCaffery) and Maryland (Mitchell) also have siblings on the roster.
  • Ohio State has 58 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school (research credit: Duke). Kaleb Wesson is the next Buckeye on schedule to reach the milestone with 895 career points over his career.
  • The Buckeyes have been able to take away the opponents’ leading scorer on a consistent basis. The leading scorers of the seven Ohio State opponents have averaged 10.0 points per contest against the Buckeyes, with only three reaching double figures, despite averaging 15.1 points per game for the season. Ohio State has limited the group to 30.9 percent (26-for-84) from the field and 20.7 percent (6-for-29) from 3-point range.

Buckeyes in the Challenge
Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 17 years and has a 6-11 record in the event. The Buckeyes first took part in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the event. The 2011 game vs. Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous Challenge games. That record was nearly tied in 2012 with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge. The Buckeyes enter the event this year at No. 6 with the Tar Heels ranked No. 7. Ohio State has faced a ranked ACC opponent 12 times in the Challenge.

Ohio State vs. North Carolina Series
Ohio State and North Carolina have met 14 times with the Tar Heels owning a 12-2 record in those games. No. 6 North Carolina has been ranked among the Top 10 in eight of the last 11 meetings. Ohio State’s last win in the series was an 80-73 win in the 1992 NCAA Midwest Regional in Lexington, Kentucky. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 3 in that game while the Tar Heels were rated No. 18.

The Buckeyes vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference
Ohio State is 67-50 all-time vs. current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Ohio State last played an ACC school Nov. 28, 2018 vs. Syracuse at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes lost that game 72-62. Ohio State has played each ACC school at least once and own wins against all but Clemson (0-2) and North Carolina State (0-1).

Kaleb Wesson Earns Big Ten Honor
Kaleb Wesson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Nov. 18. Wesson helped the Buckeyes to a 76-51 win over No. 10 Villanova in Columbus with 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal. The double-double was his second of the season and eighth of his career. The conference honor was his second as a Buckeye.