Nov. 23, 2015

Daniel Giddens blocked six shots last Friday, the fourth most by a freshman in Ohio State history.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (3-0)

Date: Nov. 24, 2015
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 8:06 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Stephen Bardo (Expert Analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Anelysis)

Ohio State Newcomer Notes
JaQuan Lyle: Logs 27 minutes a game, most among Ohio State rookies … has started all three games this season … leads Buckeyes with 18 assists, 15 over the last two games … career high 8 helpers vs. UT Arlington Nov. 20 … averages just under 10 points a game and a bit over four rebounds a contest … owns a pair of double digit outings offensively with a career best 15 points vs. UTA. Daniel Giddens: Averages 7.3 points and 6.0 rebounds over first three games of Ohio State career … 11 of 19 total rebounds are on the offensive end … six of nine blocks were against UT Arlington … the six rejections are tied for No. 4 all-time in a single game among Ohio State freshman … connects on 56 percent of his field goal attempts (10-18) … averages 21 minutes a game off the bench. Austin Grandstaff: All four of his made field goals and nine attempts have come from 3-point range (4-9/.444) … averages a little more than nine minutes a game … has yet to attempt a free throw. A.J. Harris: Adds a spark off the bench at the point guard position … scored all five of his points to date vs. Grambling Nov. 17 … still looking for first career assist. David Bell: Redshirted a season ago … all three of his points to date have come at the foul line (3-4) … played in the first two games of the season for an average of 8.5 minutes.

Experience Tops Buckeyes Early
Despite the influx of seven freshmen and one transfer, Ohio State is led by three returning players from 2014-15. The Buckeyes’ lone junior, Marc Loving, leads Ohio State in scoring with 13.7 points per game. Sophomores Keita Bates-Diop (13.3 ppg.) and Jae’Sean Tate (10.7 ppg.) also contribute double digits offensively to lead the team. Bates-Diop tops the squad with 7.7 rebounds a game with Tate adding 6.7 rpg. and Loving 6.0 boards a contest.  

Buckeyes Continue Play in Basketball HOF
Ohio State plays the third of three home games for the Buckeyes as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational Tuesday. Ohio State played Grambling (W, 82-55, last Tuesday), faced UT Arlington (L, 73-68 last Friday) and now takes on Louisiana Tech before a trip to Miami, Florida, over Thanksgiving to battle Memphis Nov. 27 at AmericanAirlines Arena. Tip time for Memphis game is 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Matta Earns Win No. 300 at Ohio State
When the Buckeyes defeated Minnesota in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, Thad Matta became the all-time wins leader in Ohio State history with victory No. 298 over his 12-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Matta passed Fred Taylor for the Ohio State wins record. Taylor amassed 297 triumphs from 1959-1976. Matta added another win a year ago in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, a 75-72 overtime affair over VCU in Portland, Oregon. The first victory of the 2015-16 season, a 76-54 win vs. Mount St. Mary’s Nov. 15, was No. 300 for Matta at Ohio State. He has 403 career victories over his 16 seasons as a head coach, which includes one year at Butler, three at Xavier and 12 with the Buckeyes.

Buckeyes Open 116th Season, 104th in B1G
This is the 104th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes and the 116th overall for the sport at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 91-22 in season openers and 96-17 in the first home game of the season. Ohio State is 54-57 in the first true road game of the season. In Big Ten Conference play, the Buckeyes are 55-44 in league openers, 67-32 in the first conference home game of the season and 36-63 in league road openers. Ohio State is 36-20 when the first conference game of the year is at home and 19-24 when opening conference play on the road. Thad Matta is 12-0 in season openers at Ohio State and is 8-3 in conference openers. In the last 12 years under Matta, the Buckeyes have opened league play at home six times (5-1) and have a 3-2 road opener mark.
Louisiana Tech Travels to Columbus 3-0
Louisiana Tech is 3-0 entering the game with the Buckeyes. The Bulldogs opened the season with an 80-68 victory over UT Arlington in Ruston, La., and then defeated Millsaps College 95-33 at home and Grambling 86-67 on the road. Louisiana Tech is led by Erik McCree with 16.7 points a game. Four others also are in double figures offensively. Alex Hamilton (14.0 ppg.), Qidar Davis (12.0 ppg.), Derric Jean (12.3 ppg.) and Jacobi Boykins (10.0 ppg.) also average 10 or more points a game. Hamilton is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.3 boards a game.  

Ohio State vs. Conference USA
Ohio State is 7-3 all-time vs. current members of Conference USA, including a 1-1 record vs. Louisiana Tech. The Buckeyes and Bulldogs have not played since back-to-back seasons in 1985 and ’86. Both of those games were in postseason competition. No. 8 Ohio State fell to the Bulldogs 79-67 in the first round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The next year, Ohio State defeated Louisiana Tech 79-66 in the semifinals of the 1986 National Invitation Tournament in Madison Square Garden in New York.  

Ohio State vs. Conference USA
Alabama Birmingham
Florida Atlantic
Florida International    1-0
Louisiana Tech    1-1
Marshall    1-0
Middle Tennessee State
North Texas
Old Dominion    1-0
Southern Mississippi
Texas El Paso    0-1
Texas-San Antonio    1-0
Western Kentucky    2-1
Totals    7-3
Havlicek Elected to Collegiate HOF
Ohio State great John Havlicek, who starred for the Buckeyes from 1960-62 and then went on to win eight NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics, was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Nov. 20 in Kansas City. Clark Kellogg, another Ohio State basketball standout, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Clark Kellogg is the lead studio analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Havlicek, a 1962 All-American under Coach Fred Taylor at Ohio State, helped the Buckeyes win the NCAA title in 1960. He went on to play his entire 16-year professional career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships and earning 13 All-Star selections. Named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, Havlicek was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Ohio State, Virginia Tip at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are playing for the 12th time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this year. Matta teams are 6-5 in the event. The Buckeyes are 6-7 overall in the event. Virginia travels to Ohio State this year for a 7:30 p.m. game Dec. 1. ESPN will televise the game from Value City Arena in Columbus.

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