Jan. 18, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 22 Ohio State moved to 16-4 overall and a perfect 7-0 in Big Ten play with a 71-65 victory over Northwestern Wednesday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. With the win, Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years, and third overall, to win his first seven conference games, joining Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell (1911-12) and Iowa’s Sam Berry (1922-23).
What They’re Saying – Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head coach
On winning his first seven Big Ten games
“It really does not mean anything. I think that’s a reflection on the players as much as anything. We’ve got a group that really likes each other. And it’s easy to like each other when you’re on the streak that we’re on right now, but I sensed that they even liked each other when we had some rough spots earlier in the year.”
– Ohio State holds a 118-46 lead in the all-time series against the Wildcats.
– The Buckeyes have won 13 of the last 14 meetings against Northwestern.
– Ohio State has won four-consecutive Big Ten road games in a single season for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when it won six in a row.
– The Buckeyes improved to 15-1 on the year when scoring 70 or more points and 11-1 when outrebounding their opponent.
– The Buckeyes are tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten with a 7-0 conference record.
– Jae’Sean Tate scored 12 points against the Wildcats to move his career total to 1,344, propelling him past Jim Cleamons (1,335) and Marc Loving (1,338) for 27th on the Ohio State career scoring list.
– Keita Bates-Diop leads the Big Ten with 19.8 points per game.
– Kam Williams connected on his lone 3-point attempt against the Wildcats and ranks fourth in the conference, shooting 49.2 percent from distance.
– After going 2-for-3 from long range against Northwestern, Andrew Dakich has connected on six of his nine 3-point attempts in Big Ten play.
– Ohio State improved to 4-0 in road games this season.