November 24, 2016

Marshall, Buckeyes Clash for Title Friday in Columbus


Nov. 24, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (4-0)

Date: Nov. 23, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Scott Graham (Play-By-Play)
Stephen Bardo (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius none/XM none
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 six points to become the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored 19 points vs. Jackson State last time out.
• 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. Jae’Sean Tate reached 700 points as a Buckeye with seven vs. Jackson State. He averages 10.3 points over 68 career games. Tate needs 13 rebounds to reach 400 for his career (387/5.7 rpg). Kam Williams’ next bucket will be his 200th made in his career. He has made 93 from distance and is shooting 57 percent from long range this season (13-23).
• Matta teams are 302-14 during his tenure at Ohio State when the Buckeyes own a lead with 5:00 to play in games. Ohio State also is 285-17 in 302 games in which Ohio State has built a lead of at least 10 points at any point during a game.
• Eight Buckeyes made at least one 3-pointer vs. Jackson State last Wednesday. It is the only time in the Matta era eight players have connected on at least one trey in a game. Seven players made a 3-pointer vs. Nebraska Feb. 26, 2015. The Buckeyes finished 11-of-19 from distance in that game on the way to an 81-57 win over the Huskers in Columbus.

Buckeyes Conclude Play in Global Sports Invitational
The game vs. Marshall (Friday, 7 p.m./BTN) is the fourth and final Ohio State hosts in the 2016 Global Sports Invitational. The Buckeyes defeated North Carolina Central (69-63, Nov. 14), Western Carolina (66-38, Nov. 21) and Jackson State (78-47) in the first three games of the event for Ohio State.

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.

Scouting Marshall
Marshall enters the game at Ohio State 4-0 with wins over North Carolina Central (81-69), Morehead State (85-77), Western Carolina (98-63) and Jackson State (71-61). After four home wins, Marshall has four players averaging 10 or more points a game. Senior guard Stevie Browning (15.0), junior guard Jon Elmore (19.0), junior forward Terrence Thompson (14.5) and senior guard Austin Loop (10.3) have all been successful on the offensive end. Thompson leads the team with 7.3 rebounds a game.

Ohio State vs. Marshall Series
Ohio State and Marshall have not met since Nov. 11, 1977 in St. John Arena, former home of the Buckeyes. Ohio State prevailed in that game 81-65. Ohio State great Herb Williams scored 21 points and added an astonishing 22 rebounds in the wins while also blocking four shots in 37 minutes of court time. All-time, Ohio State is 7-4 against the current alignment of Conference USA opponents.

Ohio State vs. Conference USA
Alabama Birmingham
Florida Atlantic
Florida International…………… 1-0
Louisiana Tech…………………… 1-2
Marshall…………………………….. 1-0
Middle Tennessee State
North Texas
Old Dominion…………………….. 1-0
Southern Mississippi
Texas El Paso…………………….. 0-1
Texas-San Antonio……………… 1-0
Western Kentucky………………. 2-1
Totals………………………….. 7-4

Noting the Jackson State Game
• The matchup marks the second meeting between Ohio State and Jackson State. The Buckeyes are 2-0 against Jackson State all-time.
• Ohio State is 15-1 against teams that currently make up the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
• The Buckeyes started the season 5-0 for the first time since 2014.
• The Buckeyes held the Tigers to 29.5 percent (18-61) shooting on the night; the Buckeyes are now 79-2 in contests in which they hold their opponents to 35 percent or less from the floor.
• Last time an opponent was held under 20 field goals made (19) was vs. Nebraska Feb. 20, 2016. Jackson State was 18-61/.295.
• Eleven Buckeyes scored in the game vs. Jackson State. The last time 10 or more found the bottom of the net (10) was against NC A&T Dec. 17, 2014.
• The last time an opponent had more turnovers than field goals made was vs. Air Force Dec. 8, 2015 (18/17). Jackson State turned it over 20 times and made 18 buckets.
• Ohio State has now held back-to-back opponents to less than 30 percent shooting from the field. (27.5 percent and 29.5 percent respectively)
• The Buckeyes are now 98-78 in games in which their opponent outrebounds them under Thad Matta.
• Ohio State out-assisted Jackson State 20-9 in the contest.
• Jackson State was out-assisted in the contest by JaQuan Lyle 11-9; the first time an opponent has been out assisted by a player since Lyle did it Jan. 13, 2016 against Rutgers
• The Buckeyes forced the Tigers into 20 turnovers in the contest; they are now 52-1 in games in which they force their opponents to commit 20 or more turnovers.
• Ohio State was outrebounded 37 to 32 in the contest.
• Thad Matta is 325-108 (.751) during his career at Ohio State and 427-139 (.754) overall as a head coach.
• Matta now is 183-7 (.963) in Columbus vs. unranked opponents, with only four losses to non-conference opponents in his 13 seasons.
• Matta coached teams are 285-17 when leading by 10 or more points at any point in a game.
• When leading with five minutes to go Thad Matta coached teams are now 302-14 and 5-0 this season.
• Matta is 264-29 (.901) all-time when his team leads at half and 5-0 on the season.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 61-9 (.871) in the month of November.
• The Buckeyes are 271-42 (.866) against unranked opponents under Matta.
Kam Williams scored 15 points to go with three rebounds, one assist, four steals and a rebound in the contest.
• Williams paced the Buckeyes in the first half scoring 12 on 5-5 from the field including 2-2 from downtown.
JaQuan Lyle put up 10 points, 11 assists and one rebound in the contest.
• Lyle recorded his fifth-career double-double and his first of the season.
• This is Lyle’s first double-digit assist total of the season and the third of his career, his last coming Jan. 13, 2016 against Rutgers.
• Lyle recorded more assists than Jackson State in the contest (11-9).
Marc Loving scored a season-high 19 points while also contributing two rebounds and a steal on the night.
• The 19 points put Loving at 994 points for his career, six shy of the 1,000 point mark for his career at Ohio State.
• Trevor Thompson led the Buckeyes in rebounds, pulling down eight boards on the night, while also chipping in six points, one assist and two blocks.
Joey Lane scored a career-high six points in the contest going 2-for-2 on his field goal attempts in the contest, both from 3-point range.
Jimmy Jent scored his first points as an Ohio State Buckeye and in his career (played at Wofford in 2015-16) in the contest on a second-half 3-pointer.
• In Matta era, Ohio State is 65-0 when handing out 20 or more assists (20 vs JSU).
Ohio State is 87-4 when holding opponents to under 20 made field goals (JSU/18)
Ohio State has held 80 opponents to under 35 percent shooting (78-2). JSU shot 29.5 percent (18-61)
Ohio State has held 220 foes to under 10 made foul shots. Ohio State is 189-31 in those games. Jackson State connected on 4-of-6 free throws.
Ohio State has held 117 opponents to fewer than 10 free throw attempts (106-11). Jackson State made 4-of-6 at the charity stripe.
Ohio State is 145-17 when opponents are credited with fewer than 10 assists (JSU/9).
Ohio State is 51-1 when opponents turn the ball over 20 or more times (JSU/20).
Ohio State is 114-20 when opponents are whistled for 20 or more fouls (JSU/21).
Ohio State is 183-37 when opponents are credited with fewer than five thefts (JSU/4).

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