December 18, 2017

First of Two Final Non-Conference Home Games Set for Tuesday


Dec. 18, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3, 2-0) vs. The Citadel Bulldogs (5-6)

Date: Dec. 19, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Seth Davis (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 137/ XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at
• Four Buckeyes average in double figures offensively led by junior Keita Bates-Diop with 18.3 points per game. He is followed by classmate C.J. Jackson (13.0 ppg), senior Jae’Sean Tate (13.3 ppg.) and freshman Kaleb Wesson (12.5 ppg.).
• Both Tate and Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology.
• Bates-Diop opened the season with three-consecutive double-doubles (10+Pts/10+Rebs) vs. Robert Morris, Radford and Texas Southern. Bates-Diop has 12 career D-Ds and six this season after recording a pair in Portland at the PK80 event and then most recently at Wisconsin. He currently ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten with six this season.
• Bates-Diop reached 400 rebounds (437) for his career with seven vs. Clemson…he’s averaging 9.3 boards a game this season with 112 caroms in 12 games…Jae’Sean Tate reached 1,200 career points with 16 at Wisconsin (1,254)…he’s averaging 13.3 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…he passed Ohio State great Ron Stokes on the career scoring list with 19 points against Appalachian State…Tate ranks No. 33 all-time in career scoring behind Jared Sullinger (1,282).
31. Clark Kellogg 1,285
32. Jared Sullinger 1,282
33. Jae’Sean Tate 1,254
34. Ronnie Stokes 1,240
C.J. Jackson has eight games this season with 10 or more points, including seven in the last nine games…he tallied a career-high 23 points vs. Stanford at PK80 before a 19-point effort vs. Butler Nov. 26 … he has 18 assists and six turnovers in the last four games … Ohio State is playing in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) and is 219-80 heading into the game vs. the Citadel, the winningest decade on Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just five players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is third nationally in field goal percentage (.590) among players 6-4 or shorter.

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