November 13, 2016

Home Opener Next for Buckeyes


Nov. 13, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) at N.C. Central Eagles (0-1)

Date: Nov. 14, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 9:05 p.m.
Television: ESPNU
Talent: Clay Matvick (Play-By-Play)
Sean Harrington (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 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 Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving needs just 42 points to become the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving tallied 13 points in the season opener at Navy.
• 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.
• Ohio State is 96-17 in home openers all-time. Thad Matta teams are 12-0 at Ohio State in the first home game of the season.
• 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.
• 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). In the opener at Navy this year, Williams connected on 5-of-6 from distance on his way to a game-high 23 points.

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 last Friday. 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.

Ohio State, N.C. Central Series
Ohio State begins the home portion of the 2016-17 schedule vs. North Carolina Central Monday. The teams have not met previously. The Buckeyes are 19-0 all-time vs. teams that currently make up the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Ohio State last played a MEAC opponent Dec. 17, 2017 vs. North Carolina A&T, a 97-55 Ohio State victory.

A Look at N.C. Central
The Eagles of N.C. Central enter the game vs. the Buckeyes following an 81-69 road loss to Marshall Saturday. NCCU starts the season with five of six games on the road. Against Marshall, the Eagles placed four players in double figures led by senior guard DaJuan Graf with 19 points. Classmate Patrick Cole added 18. Senior guard Ron Trapps recorded a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Noting the Navy Game
• The Buckeyes are 92-22 in season openers and 55-58 in the first true road game of the season
• This matchup marks the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and Navy. The last game played between the two teams was a 35-32 home win for the Midshipmen back in 1932
• Ohio State is 21-3 all-time against teams in the Patriot League
The Buckeyes are opening their season on the road for the first time during Thad Matta’s tenure
• The Buckeyes are 13-7 all-time in true road games to open the season. Their last, a 73-65 loss to San Francisco on Nov. 21, 2003
• The last time Ohio State won a road game to open a season was Dec. 1, 1971 at Georgia Tech, 63-55
Micah Potter is the seventh freshman to start his first career game as a Buckeye in the Thad Matta era.
• Previous rookies to start their first career game for Matta were Mike Conley Jr. and David Lighty in 2006, Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos in 2007, Jared Sullinger in 2010 and D’Angelo Russell in 2014.
• Ohio State shot 57.7 pct. (27-47) from the field, the Buckeyes are now 145-9 in games in which they shoot over 50 pct. from the field.
• Five Buckeyes scored in double digits for the first time since Feb. 16, 2016 against the University of Michigan
• The bench for Ohio State contributed 38 points in the contest, the most since Feb. 4, 2016 against Wisconsin
• Ohio State out rebounded Navy to 33-18 on the defensive glass in the contest, the Buckeyes are now 117-8 when holding opponents under 20 defensive rebounds
• Navy scored 23 points off 17 Ohio State turnovers in the contest
• Matta is 321-108 (.748) during his career at Ohio State and 423-139 (.751) overall as a head coach.
• Thad Matta is 13-0 in season openers at Ohio State and 17-0 all-time as a head coach
• With Matta at the helm Ohio State is 57-9 (.863) in the month of November.
• The Buckeyes are now 267-42 against unranked opponents under Matta
• Matta teams are 64-0 when recording 20 or more assists. The Buckeyes handed out 20 vs. the Midshipmen
Kam Williams scored a team high 23 points in his 29 minutes off the bench for the Buckeyes
• Williams tied his career high of 23 points which he set against High Point Dec. 10, 2014
• Williams now has 502 career points as a Buckeye
Marc Loving scored 14 points while adding four rebounds and three assists.
• Loving now has 958 points in his career at Ohio State.
• Loving will become the 53rd Buckeye and 12th in Thad Matta era to reach the milestone with 42 points
Keita Bates-Diop posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds along with three blocks and two assists.
• The double-double was the sixth of his career, the last coming Feb. 13, 2016 against Rutgers.
• Trevor Thompson recorded 11 points to go with five rebounds and three blocks off the bench for the Buckeyes.
Jae’Sean Tate recorded 10 points while adding two rebounds and two assists in his first regular season game since Feb. 20, 2016.
• Transfer C.J. Jackson came off the bench to make his debut as a Buckeye. He responded with nine assists, six rebounds and a 4 of 4 effort from the foul line in 27 minutes of playing time.

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