November 4, 2016

Final Exhibition Up Next for Buckeyes


Nov. 4, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0) vs. Walsh University Cavaliers (0-0)

Date: Nov. 6, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 4:05
Television: BTN Plus
Talent: Nate Rubinstein (Play-By-Play)
James Zajaczkowski (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
•    Chris Jent returns to the Ohio State sidelines for his second stint as an assistant coach with Thad Matta. Jent left the Buckeyes following the 2012-13 season to take an assistant coaching position with the Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association. Jent returned to Columbus after Jeff Boals left the Buckeyes to become the head coach at Stony Brook University following the 2015-16 season.
•    Alan Major, another former Matta assistant, also returned to the Ohio State men’s basketball program after leaving the Buckeyes following the 2009-10 season to become the head coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Major spent five seasons as the head coach with the 49ers. He fills a new position on the Ohio State support staff this year as the director of recruiting and player development.
•    Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games (11-7 in 2016) over the last 11 seasons, the longest streak in school history and the longest streak among Big Ten schools over Thad Matta’s 12-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Wisconsin (12-6 in conference play last year) has a streak of  10-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
•    Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 143 career league triumphs. He is tied with Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters. The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
•    Among all-time head coaches in NCAA Division I, Matta has the third best record over the course of his first 16 years as a head coach with an overall record of 422-139 (.752). Mark Few (Gonzaga, 2000-2015) tops that list with a 438-103 (.810) record with Roy Williams (Kansas/North Carolina, 1989-2004)) No. 2 with a 437-112 (.796) slate.  
•    Redshirt junior Kam Williams led he Big Ten during conference play a year ago in 3-point shooting percentage, knocking down 51.5 percent of his long-range attempts (34-66). Last year, Jae’Sean Tate is No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage by a player 6-feet-4 or shorter when he connected on 135-259 from the field (.521).  

Road Openers Rare, Successful for Buckeyes
Ohio State has gone on the road to open the season 23 times in 116 years of basketball prior to this season. Four of those years began on a neutral court (1-3). Ohio State is 12-7 in true road games to start the season. The game at Navy this year is the first time a Thad Matta team has opened the season on the road. The last time Ohio State began the year on an opponent’s court was 2003-04 when the Buckeyes fell at San Francisco (11/21/03) 73-65. The last time Ohio State won a true road game to start the season was Dec. 1, 1971 at Georgia Tech, 63-55. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll.
Tate Ready for 2016-17 Season
Junior Jae’Sean Tate had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder Feb. 26 of last year. He started 28 games as a sophomore and averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. He recorded five double-doubles, 18 games with 10 or more points and six with double-digit rebounds. The Buckeyes were 18-10 before losing Tate for the season.

Tate on Erving Watch List
Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate is one of 20 players nationally to earn a spot on the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award preseason watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Oct. 19. Tate is among the Buckeyes’ Top six returning scorers from last season at 11.7 points per game. He is tied with classmate Keita Bates-Diop as the top returning rebounder as well with 6.4 boards a contest. After sustaining a shoulder injury late in the 2015-16 campaign, Tate missed the final seven games to concentrate in rehabilitation. He is practicing without limitations as the Buckeyes prepare for the open of the 2016-17 season.

Buckeyes Open 117th Season, 105th in B1G
This is the 105th season of Big Ten membership in men’s basketball for the Buckeyes and the 117th 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 54-58 in the first true road game of the season. In Big Ten Conference play, the Buckeyes are 56-44 in league openers, 68-32 in the first conference home game of the season and 37-63 in league road openers. Ohio State is 37-20 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 9-3 in conference openers. In the last 12 years under Matta, the Buckeyes have opened league play at home seven times (6-1) and have a 3-2 road opener mark.
    W    L    OSU W%
OSU in Home Openers    96    17    0.850
OSU in Season Openers    91    22    0.805
OSU in Away Openers    54    58    0.482
OSU in Big Ten Home Openers    68    32    0.680
OSU in Big Ten Away Openers    37    63    0.370
OSU in Big Ten Openers    56    44    0.560
OSU Opens Big Ten at Home    37    20    0.649
OSU Opens Big Ten on Road    19    24    0.442

Season Openers, Matta Era
Date     Opponent     Score
11/5/04     Towson State     W, 74-53
11/20/05     Chicago State     W, 81-52
11/10/06     VMI     W, 107(7)-69
11/12/07     Green Bay     W, 91-68
11/20/08     Delaware State     W, 70-42
11/9/09     Alcorn State     W, 100(16)-60
11/12/10     North Carolina A&T     W, 102(4)-61
11/11/11     Wright State     W, 73(3)-42
11/11/12     Albany     W, 82(4)-60
11/9/13     Morgan State    W, 89(11)-50
11/14/14    UMass-Lowell    W, 92(20)-55
11/15/15    Mt. St. Mary’s    W, 76-54
11/11/16    1-@Navy  
At Xavier
2003    Coastal Carolina     W, 72-41
2002    Saint Peter’s     W, 87-48
2001    Coppin State     W, 62-37
At Butler
2000    Eastern Illinois     W, 90-73
1-Veteran’s Classic, Annapolis, Maryland

Matta Among Top 50 Active Coaches in Wins
Among active NCAA Division I coaches, Thad Matta ranks No. 43 in total wins in 16 years as a head coach. His 422 career victories are just behind Gregg Marshall of Wichita State with 424. Matta has coached the fewest number of seasons among the Top 50 coaches by wins in the country. Mark Few is the next closest with 17 full seasons and 466 career wins at Gonzaga. He is ranked No. 34 among active coaches in victories entering the 2016-17 season. Matta enters 2016-17 with a career win percentage of .752 (422-139). Among active Division I coaches, that win percentage ranks No. 7 nationally. Among all-time NCAA Division I coaches, Matta ranks No. 20 by win percentage at .752 (422-139).

Buckeyes to Play in 2017 PK80 Event in Portland
Ohio State has been selected to play in the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational Nov. 23-26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. The event honors Nike founder Phil Knight, who will turn 80 years old next year. Sixteen Nike schools will participate in the event. The participating schools are: Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. Two eight-team events — consisting of three games per team — will run simultaneously in the two buildings (the Rose Quarter’s Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum) with the crowning of two bracket champions. All games from Portland will be televised on ESPN networks.

Non-Conference Schedule Helps Set Up
Buckeyes for Big Ten Conference Play
In addition to playing at Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Nov. 30) and vs. UCLA Dec. 17 in Las Vegas in the 2016 CBSSports Classic, Ohio State also will host Connecticut (12/10/16) and Providence (11/17/16) in the 2016 Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Buckeyes will travel to open the season to play in the Veteran’s Classic at Navy (Nov. 11).

Matta Reaches Career, Ohio State History
Thad Matta has made a habit of achieving records and milestones over his coaching career, which spans 16 years. After a season at Butler, three at Xavier and the last 12 in Columbus, Matta coached his 500th career game as a head coach Dec. 13 vs. Morehead State. As an Ohio State head coach, the 13th in the history of the program, Matta set the all-time wins record, surpassing Fred Taylor’s 297 career victories over 18 seasons from 1959-1976, with a 79-73 win vs. Minnesota March 12, 2015 in Chicago. The Minnesota victory also gave him his 400th career win (422-138). Matta teams have never failed to win at least 20 games. His Ohio State teams have averaged 26.7 victories over his 12 years in Columbus. He coached in his 400th career game (320-107) at Ohio State when the Buckeyes defeated VMI Dec. 5 (89-62).  

Matta’s Career Game Milestone
100th Game  11/25/03 L at Ball State, 63-75, 3rd year at Xavier
200th Game  11/28/05 W vs. Virginia Tech, 69-58, 2nd year at OSU
300th Game  2/28/09 L at Purdue, 50-75, 5th year at OSU
400th Game  1/21/12 W at Nebraska, 79-45, 8th year at OSU
500th Game  12/13/14 W vs. Morehead St., 87-71, 11th year at OSU

Ohio State All-Time Record Setting Wins
Win 297 3/4/15 at Penn State (77-67), tied Fred Taylor for OSU
    career wins record, 11th year at OSU
Win 298 3/12/15 vs. Minnesota (79-73), sets Ohio State record for
    career wins, 11th year at OSU

Career Record Per 100 Games
100 Game Rcd    79-21 (.790)
200 Game Rcd.         151-49 (.755)         2nd 100 gms.          72-28 (.720)
300 Game Rcd.         225-75 (.750)         3rd 100 gms.          74-26 (.740)
400 Game Rcd.         309-91 (.773)         4th 100 gms.          84-16 (.840)
500 Game Rcd.         385-115 (.770)       5th 100 gms.          76-24 (.760)
Career Record    422-138 (.754)       6th 100 gms.          37-23 (.617)

Career Win Milestones
100th Win, 80-70 vs. Louisville (3/18/04),
    TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, Fla., 3rd year at Xavier
200th Win, 65-47 at Northwestern (2/13/2008), Welsh Ryan Arena
    Evanston, Ill., 4th year at Ohio State
300th Win, 64(2)-35 vs. Texas-Pan American (12/3/2012),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 8th year at Ohio State
400th Win, 79-73 vs. Minnesota (3/12/15), United Center, Chicago
    11th year at Ohio State

Ohio State Career Win Milestones
100th Win at OSU, 63-54(17) vs. Michigan State (3/9/08),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
200th Win at OSU, 74(2)-66 at South Carolina (12/17/11),
    Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
300th Win at OSU, 76-54 vs. Mount St. Mary’s (11/15/15),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
100th Win Big Ten Regular Season, W 74-64 vs. Purdue (1/8/13)
    Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.

Ohio State Career Game Milestones
100th Game at OSU, W 85(1)-84(25) vs. Tennessee (3/22/07),
    Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, 3rd year at Ohio State
200th Game at OSU, L 57(9)-60(4) vs. Purdue (2/17/10),
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 6th Year at Ohio State
300th Game at OSU, L 74(11)-55(8) at Illinois (1/5/13)
    State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois, 9th year at Ohio State
400th Game at OSU, W 89-62 vs. VMI (12/5/15)
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 12th year at Ohio State
100th Game in Big Ten Regular Season, W 75-67 vs. PSU (2/24/10)
    Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa., 6th year at Ohio State
200th Game in Big Ten Regular Season, W 66-46 vs. PSU (1/25/16)
    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 12th year at Ohio State

Ohio State Career Coaching Records (10 or more years)
Thad Matta    2005-              12               320-107 (.749)
Fred Taylor          1959-76          18               297-158 (.653)
Harold G. Olsen       1923-46          24               259-197 (.568)
Eldon Miller              1977-86          10               174-120 (.592)

Experience Tops Buckeyes
The Buckeyes were one of the youngest teams in college basketball a season ago with no seniors, one junior, four sophomores and seven freshmen. In a span of several months, the Buckeyes became a veteran squad with one senior (Marc Loving) and four juniors leading the way. Two of Ohio State’s sophomores this year have significant experience as well. JaQuan Lyle played started 31 of 35 games a season ago as a freshman while transfer C.J. Jackson played significant minutes as a rooking in the junior college ranks last year.  

Buckeye Bullets
l Sophomore Jae’Sean Tate had season-ending surgery Feb. 26, 2016 on his left shoulder … he recorded seven steals vs. Mercer Dec. 22, 2015, tied for the second-most thefts in a single game in Ohio State history … he set a career high with 22 points vs. Nebraska Feb. 26, 2015 and matched that total at Rutgers Feb. 13 … has five 20-point games to his credit, four in Big Ten Conference play and one in the 2015-16 opener vs. Mount St. Mary’s (21 pts.). In league games as a freshman at Indiana (9-10 shooting/20 pts.), at Rutgers (8-11/20 pts.) and vs. Nebraska at home (8-9/22 pts.), he made a combined 25-of-30 field goals (.833) … recorded first career double-double vs. Louisiana Tech Nov. 24, 2015 with 10 points and career-high 12 rebounds … tied career high with 22 points at Rutgers (2/13/16) and set career best in rebounds with 13    
l Tate finished his rookie season in the No. 4 spot among freshmen in Ohio State history in season field goal shooting percentage at 58.9 pct. (126-214). His father, Jermaine Tate, is No. 5 at 56.9 pct. (115-202). Jermaine played his freshman season at Ohio State in 1996. Tate is shooting .517 so far this season (123-238) including 14-of-38 from 3-point range. He made a total of three 3-pointers all of last season.  
l Ohio State is 56-49 in Big Ten road games since Thad Matta took over the program at the start of the 2004-05 campaign. Only Wisconsin (60-45) and Michigan State (57-48) have been more successful away from home in the last 12 years.
l This year, Ohio State will plays eight conference teams just once. The Buckeyes travel to Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State. Ohio State hosts Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Rutgers. The Buckeyes face Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin both home and away.  
l As Ohio State head coach, Matta recorded his 166th win vs. Big Ten opponents with the 79-75 win vs. Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis … he has 170 career wins vs. Big Ten foes over his 16-year head coaching career.

Marc Loving: Needs just 55 points to reach 1,000 for his Ohio State career. He will become just the 53rd Buckeye and 12th in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points … opened 2015-16 with first career double-double (15p/11r) in win vs. Mount St. Mary’s (11/15/15) … went for 17 points and 10 rebounds in VMI win (12/5/15) and followed up vs. Air Force (12/8/15) with another double-double (18p/10r)… knocked down several huge buckets, including the game winner, in overtime win at Minnesota (1/6/15) … a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range vs. Maryland (1/29/15) to tie a then-career high with 19 pts. … set career high offensively with 27 points vs. Illinois (1/3/16) … scored 24 vs. Penn State March 10 in the 2016 Big Ten Tournament game in Indianapolis … 18 points with career best 13 rebounds in win over Akron March 15, 2016. Kam Williams: After sitting out the 2013-14 season, Williams scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field in his first game action as a Buckeye vs. UMass-Lowell (11/14/14) … set a career high with 23 points vs. High Point (12/10/14) … tallied 22 points in second game of 2015-16 season vs. Grambling (11/17/15) … went for 21 points at Northwestern, making a career high five 3-pointers in 65-56 win over the Wildcats (1/6/16) … knocked down two clutch free throws late to secure win vs. Purdue (3/1/15) … has a made 3 in 19 of last 24 games and in 24 last season … scored 19 points off the bench at Rutgers on 7 of 11 shooting and 5 of 8 from 3-point range (2/13/16) … tied career high with five made 3s at Michigan State March 5 … first career start in win over Akron March 15 in 2016 NIT. Jae’Sean Tate: Led the Buckeyes with 21 points and added nine rebounds in win over Mount St. Mary’s in 2015-16 season opener (11/15/15) … averaged 4.9 rebounds a game as a rookie in 2014-15 … set a career-high 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field (2/22/15) vs. Nebraska … tied career best with 22 points at Rutgers Feb. 13, 2016 while setting career best with 13 rebounds vs. the Scarlet Knights … led the Big Ten in field goal shooting percentage (118-201/.587) as a freshman … reached 20 or more points in three games as a freshman and has did so twice as a sophomore. Keita Bates-Diop: Opened 2015-16 season with first career double-double (10p/10r) … tallied a career-high 24 points in win vs. South Carolina State (12/27/15) … went for 24 points with a career-best 14 rebounds for his fifth-career double-double at Rutgers Feb. 13, 2016  … played just under 10 minutes a game as a freshman in 2014-15 … made 18 of 39 treys (.462) as a rookie, to lead the team in long range shooting percentage … knocked down a pair of clutch 3-pointers in Ohio State’s overtime win (75-72) overtime VCU in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Trevor Thompson: Has three career double-doubles to his credit, all as a Buckeye last season … has posted 11 double -figure games offensively at Ohio State … shot 53 percent from the field and 75 percent at the foul line last season.

Matta Continues to Build Impressive Ohio State Resume
Thad Matta has accomplished a remarkable list of accomplishments in 12 years as head coach of the Buckeyes. Matta’s teams have never failed to win 20 games, a record streak (12 seasons) in Ohio State history. In fact, Matta has never failed to reach the 20-win plateau in 16 years as a head coach. The Buckeyes finished 24-11 in 2014-15, advancing to their seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament. Ohio State has reached 30 or more wins three times, all with Matta at the helm. Back-to-back seasons with 30 wins in 2010-11 (34) and 2011-12 (31) only trail the 35 wins recorded in 2006-07, the Ohio State record for single-season victories. In addition, Matta has five Big Ten regular-season titles, including three of the last six (2010-12), four Big Ten postseason tournament crowns in seven title game opportunities, nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including four-consecutive runs to the “Sweet 16,” from 2010-13, a pair of Final Four trips (2007, 2012) and a title game appearance in 2007. Throw in a National Invitation Tournament title in 2009 and another appearance in 2016 and Matta has guided the Buckeyes to postseason play in 11-consecutive attempts and in every year in which Ohio State was eligible.

Year    Record            Big Ten                         
                                            Rcd/Finish        Postseason
2004-05    20-12                      8-8/6th
2005-06    26-6                        12-4/1st                       NCAA Rd. 2
2006-07    35-4                        15-1/1st              NCAA Title Game
2007-08    24-13                      10-8/5th                  NIT Title Game
2008-09     22-11                      10-8/4th-T                    NCAA Rd. 1
2009-10    29-8                        14-4/1st-T            NCAA Sweet 16
2010-11    34-3                        16-2/1st                NCAA Sweet 16
2011-12    31-8                        13-5/1st-T            NCAA Final Four
2012-13    29-8                        13-5/2nd-T           NCAA Elite Eight
2013-14    25-10                      10-8/5th                       NCAA Rd. 2
2014-15    24-11                      11-7/6th                       NCAA Rd. 3
2015-16     21-14    11-7/7th    NIT Rd. 2
Totals    320-108                   143-67                                9 NCAA

Matta Era Buckeyes in 1,000-pt. Club
There have been 52 Buckeyes to reach 1,000 or more career points in the 115-year history of Ohio State men’s basketball. More than 20 percent (11 of 52) of those players have been coached by Thad Matta over the last 12 years. Two, No. 3(t) William Buford (1,990) and No. 9 Deshaun Thomas (1,630) are ranked among the Top 10 scorers all-time at Ohio State. Senior Marc Loving is just 55 points of eaching 1,000 for his career at Ohio State. He has played in 102 career games and has averaged 9.3 points (945).
Matta Era Buckeyes with 1,000+ Points
Rk.    Name (years)    Career Pts.
3.    William Buford (2009-12)    1,990
9.    Deshaun Thomas (2011-13)    1,630
14.    Terence Dials (2002, 04-06)*    1,566
15.    Jon Diebler (2008-11)    1,536
18.    Evan Turner (2008-10)    1,517
21.    David Lighty (2007-11)    1,458
28.    Aaron Craft (2011-14)    1,314
29.    Jamar Butler (2005-08)    1,313
31.    Jared Sullinger (2011-12)    1,282
50.    Lenzelle Smith Jr. (2011-14)    1,014
52.    Sam Thompson (2012-15)    1,001
    Marc Loving (2014-)    945
* Played final two years of eligibility for Matta

105 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State celebrated 104 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men’s basketball in 2016. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over 104 seasons, Ohio State has earned 20 Big Ten regular-season titles with 27 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and 10 trips to the Final Four. Ten former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while 51 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 24 in the first round.

Evan Turner Elected to Athletics Hall of Fame
Evan Turner was once again recognized for his accomplishments at Ohio State when he was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies Sept. 9 in Columbus. Turner is the 38th men’s basketball player to earn a spot in the Ohio State Athletics HOF. Turner had his No. 21 jersey honored Feb. 16, 2016 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.

CBS Sports Classic-Year 3
CBS Sports is once againbringing together four of the nation’s most prestigious college basketball teams: Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, for a college basketball showcase, the CBSSPORTS CLASSIC. CBS Sports will broadcast a doubleheader in 2016 following the 2015 event in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Chicago games in 2014. These four schools have combined to win 25 national championships and are among the winningest college basketball programs of all-time. The event debuted at the United Center in Chicago Dec. 20, 2014.  North Carolina faced Ohio State and UCLA took on Kentucky. The CBS SPORTS CLASSIC moved to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York,  Dec. 19, 2015 and travels this year to Las Vegas in Dec. 17. Ohio State defeated No. 4 Kentucky 74-67 last year in New York and will take on UCLA this season.