Feb. 3, 2016

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-9, 6-4) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (13-9, 5-4)

Date: Feb. 4, 2016
Site: Kohl Center (18,809)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Television: ESPN
Talent: Rece Davis (Play-By-Play)
Jim Calhoun (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 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)

Evan Turner Recognition Planned
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program will honor former Buckeye Evan Turner during a halftime ceremony Feb. 16 when the Buckeyes take on Michigan at Value City Arena. Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year, will have a banner unveiled baring his jersey No. 21 alongside Ohio State’s three other national players of the year. Buckeyes players have won the honor five times. No. 11 Jerry Lucas, twice, No. 35 Gary Bradds and No. 22 Jim Jackson also have banners hanging in the rafters of Value City Arena in honor of their POY accomplishments. No. 5 John Havlicek was selected by former Ohio State athletics director Andy Geiger to have a banner on display recognizing his many accomplishments and contributions to Ohio State basketball.

Starting Five, Plus One
•    Thad Matta is tied for the No. 14 spot all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 138 career league triumphs. Arthur Lonborg, who coached Northwestern from 1928-50, currently holds the No. 14 spot with Matta. Harold “Bud” Foster is at No. 13 with 143 wins at Wisconsin from 1935-59.
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds at Illinois. Marc Loving added 11 points and 10 boards to mark the fifth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 138-51 (.725) all-time when two players record a double-double. The last time an OSU duo recorded double-doubles in the same game four times was during the 2007-08 season. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in five or more games was during the 1982-83 season when it happed five times. Granville Waiters and Tony Campbell were
the two players with double-doubles in all five.  
•    Since Thad Matta took over in 2004-05, there have been 16 coaching changes in the Big Ten. Matta has a 22-5 record vs. those coaches in theri first year at their respective schools. Matta is 15-0 at home vs. coaches making their first trip to Value City Arena. Wisconsin’s Greg Gard is in his first year with the Badgers. Wisconsin does not travel to Columbus this year.     
•    The game vs. Penn State Jan. 25 was the 200th regular-season Big Ten contest for Thad Matta while coaching the Buckeyes. The game vs. the Nittany Lions also was the 100th Big Ten home game for Matta’s Buckeyes. Since he took over the program in 2004-05, the Buckeyes are 84-17 (.831) at home and 54-47 (.535) on the road for a career record of 138-64 (.687) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 3 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 106. Classmate Daniel Giddens is No. 7 in total blocks with 40 in the 2015-16 freshman class. As a team, Ohio State is No. 8 nationally in total blocks with 131. The Buckeyes are No. 17 in defensive rebounds with 645. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Giddens’ 40 blocks are tied for fifth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 6 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.
•    As of last Tuesday, opponents with wins vs. the Buckeyes this season are a combined 131-40 (.766) and 48-23 (.676) in their respective conferences. Ohio State’s four losses in the Big Ten have come vs. teams with a combined record of 56-11 (.835) and a league mark of 23-6 (.793).

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Series
Ohio State is 86-68 overall in the all-time series. The Badgers are 44-29 vs. the Buckeyes in Madison. Ohio State is 53-23 in Columbus. Ohio State leads 4-1 in neutral site meetings. Thad Matta is 12-12 over his 16-year coaching career vs. Wisconsin, including a 10-12 record as coach of the Buckeyes. Just two current Buckeyes have scored points in the series with the Badgers. Jae’Sean Tate tallied 13 points and six rebounds in the lone meeting between the schools a season ago in Columbus. Keita Bates-Diop scored one field goal as well. The last time neither team was ranked when facing one another was March 13, 2009 at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Badgers won that game, 61-57. This is just the third time over the last 22 meetings with the Badgers that neither team has been ranked. The only other meeting as unranked foes was Matta’s first game as Ohio State coach vs. UW in Madison Jan. 11, 2005, a 72-66 Wisconsin win. Before Thursday, both Ohio State and the Badgers have been ranked in the series in 10 of the last 11 meetings. Ohio State carried a Top 25 AP ranking in the nine games leading up to the game this week, the Badgers in the last four.     

Last Time vs. Wisconsin
Frank Kaminsky scored 20 points and Bronson Koenig touched off a 16-0 second-half run with two 3-pointers to help the sixth-ranked Badgers to a 72-48 victory over No. 23 Ohio State March 3, 2015 in Columbus. Down by as many as 17 points, the Buckeyes pulled to 46-39 on a 9-0 run with D’Angelo Russell, who finished with 17, scoring the first six points and then passing inside to Jae’Sean Tate, who had 13, for a three-point play. But on consecutive possessions – the Badgers had three offensive rebounds and on the second one – Koenig hit timely 3-pointers from the same spot on the left wing in front of the Wisconsin bench. After Ohio State missed a shot, Koenig drove the lane to make it 54-39. Sam Dekker and Kaminsky each added two more baskets to complete the 16-0 run that took more than 5 minutes and finally ended when Russell hit a jumper with 7:12 left. The Buckeyes never threatened again.

Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin is paced offensively by sophomore Nigel Hayes’ 17.0 points per game. Junior Bronson Koenig adds 13.4 ppg. followed by redshirt freshman Ethan Happ’s 12.3 ppg. Happ is the squad’s top rebounder with 8.3 boards a game. The Badgers have rattled off four consecutive wins in Big Ten play after starting the conference season 1-4.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State begins its 104th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2015-16. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 789-697 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 164-74 vs. league members, including a mark of 160-71 while coaching the Buckeyes.  

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.