November 20, 2016

Global Sports Invitational Resumes vs. Western Carolina


Nov. 20, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) vs. Western Carolina Catamounts (1-3)

Date: Nov. 21, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:06 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Shon Morris (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134/XM 201
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving needs just 31 points to become the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored eight points vs. Providence to go with a game-high 10 rebounds.
• Sophomore C.J. Jackson, who played a year ago at Eastern Florida State Junior College, came off the bench to hand out nine assists, grab six rebounds and go 4-of-4 at the foul line in 27 minutes vs. Navy. He is currently tied for 10th nationally in total assists with 19. He as played the fewest minutes (55) of the Top 25 players nationally in total assists.
• 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.
Keita Bates-Diop needs a pair of buckets to reach 200 made field goals for his career (198-431)…he also is two rebounds shy of 300 for his Ohio State tenure. Marc Loving needs two field goals to reach 300 makes as a Buckeye (298-712). The next made foul shot by JaQuan Lyle will be No. 100 for his career (99-141). Jae’Sean Tate needs 19 points to reach 700 as a Buckeyes.
• Matta teams are 300-14 during his tenure at Ohio State when the Buckeyes own a lead with 5:00 to play in games. Ohio State also is 283-17 in 300 games in which Ohio State has built a lead of at least 10 points at any point during a game.

Buckeyes Resume Play in Global Sports Invitational
The game vs. Western Carolina is the second of four Ohio State hosts in the 2016 Global Sports Invitational. The Buckeyes defeated North Carolina Central (69-63, Nov. 14) in the first game of the event for Ohio State. The event concludes for the Buckeyes with home games vs. Jackson State (Wednesday, 7 p.m./ESPN3) and Marshall (Friday, 7 p.m./BTN).

Rookie Starters in Matta Era
Thad Matta has started seven freshmen in their first game at Ohio State during his tenure (2005-present). Four of those rookies did so from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Rookie Micah Potter, a freshman center from Mentor, Ohio, started his first game as a Buckeye at Navy Nov. 14. The two most recent freshman starters were Jared Sullinger at center in 2010-11 and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15. David Lighty and Mike Conley Jr. were the first freshmen starters in the Matta era in 2006. Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos got the starting nod in 2007-08.

Road Openers Rare, Successful for Buckeyes
Ohio State has gone on the road to open the season 24 times in 117 years of basketball. Four of those years began on a neutral court (1-3). Ohio State is 13-7 in true road games to start the season. The game at Navy this year was the first time a Thad Matta team 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.

Ohio State, Western Carolina Series
Ohio State is 1-0 all-time vs. Western Carolina, an 85-60 win for the No. 2 ranked Buckeyes Dec. 12, 2010. That game was played at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes prior to the construction of the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Jared Sullinger led Ohio State with 17 points, one of five Buckeyes in double figures offensively in that game. Dallas Lauderdale, William Buford and Deshaun Thomas each had 13 while Jon Diebler tallied 10 points. Thad Matta was an assistant coach at WCU in 1996, a season in which the Catamounts nearly knocked off No. 1-seed Purdue as a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Buckeyes took on a Southern Conference foe was a year ago, a 64-44 win over Mercer Dec. 22 in Columbus.

Ohio State vs. the Southern Conference
All-time, Ohio State is 14-1 vs. teams that currently make up the Southern Conference. The lone loss came at Chattanooga Dec. 19, 1995 (83-70).

Chattanooga……………………… 4-1
The Citadel
Furman……………………………… 1-0
Mercer………………………………. 2-0
North Carolina Greensboro
Samford…………………………….. 2-0
Virginia-Military………………….. 4-0
Western Carolina……………….. 1-0
Totals………………………….. 14-1

A Look at Western Carolina
The Catamounts are coached by Larry Hunter, whose previous stops were with the Wittenberg Tigers (1977-89) and the Ohio Bobcats (1990-01). Hunter is in his 12th season at Western Carolina. In the first four games of the season, the Catamounts are led by senior guard Deriece Parks (12.0 ppg.) and running mate Devin Peterson at 11.8 points per game. Junior guard Haboubacar Mutumbo adds 9.3 points a game along with a team best 10.0 rebounds a game. WCU is 1-3 on the year with a road loss to Miami, Florida (92-43) and a home setback to North Carolina Central (67-59). The Catamounts downed Hiwassee College 87-47 and most recently fell at Marshall 98-63.

Noting the Providence Game
• The matchup marks the second meeting between the Buckeyes and the Friars, the Buckeyes are 2-0 against Providence all-time.
• The Buckeyes last meeting against Providence was an 84-83 Buckeyes overtime victory March 15, 1990.
• Ohio State is 65-29 against teams that currently make up the Big East Conference.
• The Buckeyes’ last game against a Big East opponent was Nov. 18, 2014 when they defeated Marquette 74-63.
• The Buckeyes have started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2014.
• Providence made 10 3-pointers on the night (10-26); Ohio State is 48-20 in contests when its opponent makes 10 or more 3-pointers under Thad Matta.
• The Buckeyes forced only three Providence turnovers in the contest; the Buckeyes are now 12-3 in games in which they force six or fewer turnovers in Thad Matta era.
• Ohio State outscored Providence 42-20 in the paint.
• Thad Matta is 323-108 (.749) during his career at Ohio State and 425-139 (.753) overall as a head coach.
• Matta now is 181-7 (.962) in Columbus vs. unranked opponents, with only four losses to non-conference opponents in his 13 seasons.
• Matta coached teams are 283-17 when leading by 10 or more points at any point in a game.
• When leading with five minutes to go, Thad Matta coached Ohio State teams are now 300-14 and 3-0 this season.
• Matta is 263-29 (.901) all-time when his team leads at half and 3-0 on the season.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 59-9 (.868) in the month of November.
• The Buckeyes are 269-42 (.865) against unranked opponents under Matta.
• Ohio State is now 204-27 when outrebounding opponents under Matta and 2-0 on the season (43-33).
• The Buckeyes are 204-25 at home during the Matta era, the most home wins nationally (2005-present).
JaQuan Lyle paced the Buckeyes in the scoring column posting 21 points while also dishing out a team-high seven assists and grabbing eight rebounds.
• Lyle recorded his first double-digit scoring game of the season after reaching double-digits in 20 games in the 2015-16 season.
• Trevor Thompson put up seasons highs in points and rebounds, recording 12 points and nine rebounds coming off the bench for the Buckeyes.
• This was Thompson’s second double-digit scoring performance of the season after scoring 11 points at Navy in the team’s opener Nov. 11.
Jae’Sean Tate scored 14 points while adding six rebounds and one steal in the contest.
Marc Loving led the Buckeyes in rebounds, pulling down 10 boards while also scoring eight points with three assists and two blocks.
• With eight points, Loving is 31 points away from the 1,000-point mark for his career.

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