December 14, 2017

Mountaineers Up Next for Buckeyes


Dec. 14, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (8-3, 2-0) vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-6)

Date: Dec. 16, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 6:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Cory Provus (Play-By-Play)
Andy Katz (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 135/ 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 (13.5 ppg), senior Jae’Sean Tate (12.8 ppg.) and freshman Kaleb Wesson (12.2 ppg.).
Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).
• 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. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten with six this season.
• Bates Diop reached 400 rebounds for his career with seven vs. Clemson…he’s averaging 9.5 boards a game this season with 104 caroms in 11 games…Jae’Sean Tate reached 1,200 career points with 16 at Wisconsin (1,235)…he’s averaging 12.8 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…he passed Ohio State great John Havlicek on the career scoring list with 16 points against Michigan…Tate ranks No. 34 all-time in career scoring behind Ron Stokes (1,240).
33. Ronnie Stokes 1,240
34. Jae’Sean Tate 1,235
35. Larry Siegfried 1,228
C.J. Jackson has eight games this season with 10 or more points, including seven in the last eight games…he tallied a career-high 23 points vs. Stanford at PK80 before a 19-point effort vs. Butler Nov. 26.
• 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 fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.571) among players 6-4 or shorter…Ohio State ranks 26th nationally with a +8.5 rebounding margin.

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