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The Ohio State Buckeyes (17-10, 9-5) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-12, 6-7)

Date: Feb. 20, 2016
Site: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Shon Morris (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
•    Thad Matta is No. 14 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 141 career league triumphs. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) won 143 league encounters to hold the No. 13 spot in conference history.
•    Keita Bates-Diop scored 24 points to go with a career-high 14 rebounds at Rutgers. Jae’Sean Tate added 22 points and 13 boards to mark the sixth time this season the Buckeyes posted a pair of double-doubles in a single game. Ohio State is 139-51 (.731) all-time when two players record a double-double in the same game. The last time Ohio State recorded double-doubles in six or more games was during the 1974-75 season when it happed 11 times. The last time a pair of Buckeyes posted double-doubles in the same game with each scoring 20 or more points was March 14, 1986 in a 65-62 win at Ohio University. Brad Sellers tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds along with a 22-point 10-rebound effort by Dennis Hopson.  
•    Three Buckeyes are among the Top 12 in the Big Ten in blocks per game. Ohio State is No. 2 as a team in the league with an average of 5.4 rejections a game. Freshman Daniel Giddens is No. 5in the conference with 1.6 (41) blocks per game. Trevor Thompson is tied for No. 9 (36/1.3) and Keita Bates-Diop is 12th with 31/1.1.     
•    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 86-17 (.835) at home and 55-48 (.534) on the road for a career record of 141-65 (.684) against Big Ten regular season competition.
•    JaQuan Lyle rates No. 3 nationally among freshmen in total assists with 118. As a team, Ohio State is No. 12 nationally in total blocks with 147. Lyle’s 11 assists (part of a triple-double at home vs. Rutgers 16p/12r/11a) are tied for the third-most in a game by an Ohio State freshman all-time. Daniel Giddens’ 41 blocks are tied for fifth in a single season among Ohio State freshmen all-time. Lyle’s season assist total is No. 5 among Ohio State freshmen all-time.

Balance in the Big Ten
In Ohio State’s 14 Big Ten Conference regular season games the Buckeyes have spread the wealth offensively. Four Buckeyes average in double figures with a fifth contributing 9.9 points a game. Sophomore Jae’Sean Tate leads with 11.7 points a game followed by junior Marc Loving (11.3), sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (10.9) and freshman JaQuan Lyle (10.6). Sophomore Kam Williams is close with 9.9 points per game in league play. Tate and sophomore Trevor Thompson both score at a better than 50 percent rate from the field (.526/.548 respectively). Williams makes 52 percent of his 3-point attempts (26-50) and Bates-Diop is the leader a the foul line (22-27/.815).

Evan Turner Recognized
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program honored former Buckeye Evan Turner Feb. 16 during a halftime ceremony when the Buckeyes played Michigan (W, 76-66) at Value City Arena. Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year, had a banner unveiled baring his jersey No. 21 alongside Ohio State’s three other national players of the year. Buckeye 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.
Men’s Basketball Number Recognition Dates
11-Jerry Lucas Feb. 23, 2000
35-Gary Bradds Jan. 27, 2001
22-Jim Jackson, Feb. 10, 2001
5-John Havlicek, Feb. 27, 2005
21-Evan Turner, Feb. 16, 2016

Ohio State vs. Nebraska
Ohio State leads the overall series with the Cornhuskers 12-3. The Buckeyes are 7-0 in Columbus, 3-2 in Lincoln and own a 2-1 lead in neutral-site games. Thad Matta has an 8-1 record overall vs. Nebaska, including a 2-1 record in Lincoln. Junior Marc Loving has faced the Cornhuskers four times in his career, no other Buckeye has more than one meeting with Nebraska. Loving averages 7.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in the series. Jae’Sean Tate scored 22 points to go with seven rebounds a season ago in the lone meeting with Nebraska, an 81-57 Ohio State win in Columbus.     

Last Time vs. Nebraska
Jae’Sean Tate scored a career-high 22 points, Sam Thompson added 15 and Shannon Scott 13 to lead Ohio State past Nebraska, 81-57, Feb. 26, 2015. D’Angelo Russell had 11 points and six assists. Tarin Smith had 13 points, Terran Petteway 12 and David Rivers 10 for Nebraska. Tate, who also had seven rebounds, ended up 8 of 9 from the field, missing one of his two 3-point attempts. The then-freshman’s previous career high was 20 against Rutgers. Shannon Scott also had six assists. Down by as many as 20 in the first half, the Cornhuskers rallied at the outset of the second half on two quick 3s by Smith. But the Buckeyes weathered that storm, with Sam Thompson slamming home an alley-oop pass from Russell and then later popping in a 3 from the left wing to expand the lead back to 55-38. The outcome was never in doubt again. The Buckeyes rolled to a 42-24 halftime lead and never looked back.

Scouting the Cornhuskers
Nebraska enters the weekend with an overall record of 14-13 and a Big Ten record of 6-8. The duo of Andrew White III, a junior transfer from Kansas, and senior guard Shavon Shields lead the Cornhuskers with scoring averages of 17.5 and 15.7 points per game, respectively. White tops the squad with 6.1 rebounds a game.

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 792-698 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 16 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 167-75 vs. league members, including a mark of 163-72 while coaching the Buckeyes.

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