January 11, 2017

No. 18 Badgers Up Next for Buckeyes


Jan. 11, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6, 0-3) vs. No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (13-3, 2-1)

Date: Jan. 12, 2017
Site: Kohl Center (14,625)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m.
Television: ESPN2
Talent: Jason Benetti (Play-By-Play)
Jim Calhoun (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84/XM 84
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop will have season-ending surgery on his left leg to repair a stress fracture he has been battling since missing about two months of summer workouts with the injury. Bates-Diop played in nine games this season around illness, a right ankle sprain sustained in the Providence game (Nov. 17) and lingering pain from the left-leg stress fracture. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Ohio State will apply for a medical redshirt season on Bates-Diop’s behalf following the 2016-17 campaign. If granted, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored nine points at Minnesota the last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,130 is 39th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Jamaal Brown is No. 38 (1,139) behind No. 37 Frank Howard (1,147).
• 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 13-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.
JaQuan Lyle needs one bucket to reach 200 for his career (199-482/.413)…Trevor Thompson is one point shy of 400 as a Buckeye…he has 548 for his career, which includes 149 scored as a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2013-14…Thompson had one block at Minnesota to reach 100 swats for his career, 72 have come in Scarlet and Gray…Jae’Sean Tate is working becoming Ohio State’s 26 player with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…he has 868 points (11.0 ppg.) and 461 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 79 career appearances…Deshaun Thomas was the most recent Buckeye to join the 1,000/500 club in 2013…he finished with 1,630/560.

Off the Bench
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 123 opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the third-most games against ranked foes in all of NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The Buckeyes are 54-69 in those games with a winning percentage of .439. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga is averaging 6.1). Overall, Tate is 12th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.5 rebounds per game … he also is tied for eighth nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 2.0 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson is tied for the most double-doubles (five) nationally among players averaging fewer than 22 minutes per game. In games where Thompson comes off the bench, he is averaging the second-most rebounds per game nationally at 8.5.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 16 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.5 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.6), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (11.6), junior Trevor Thompson (10.7) and junior Kam Williams (10.3). Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is out for the remainder of the season (stress fracture, left leg) averaged 9.7 ppg. in nine appearances this year. Thompson’s 8.7 rebounds a game leads the team.

Thompson’s Effort on the Glass vs. UConn One of Best in Matta Era
Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, there have been eight games in which a Buckeye recorded 17 or more rebounds. Trevor Thompson recorded a career-best with 17 boards vs. Connecticut. He also tallied a career-high 17 points in the 64-60 win last Saturday in Columbus. Both Greg Oden (vs. Purdue, 3/10/07) and Jared Sullinger (vs. South Carolina Dec. 18, 2010) recorded 19-rebound games. Sullinger also had a pair of games with 18 boards (both vs. Northwestern 3/11/11, 2/29/12). Evan Turner recorded two games with 17 caroms (vs. Alcorn State 11/9/09; and James Madison 11/12/09). Turner’s effort vs. Alcorn State was part of triple-double in which he scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Terence Dials also grabbed 17 boards in a game vs. Illinois (12/12/06).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
FGM Jae’Sean Tate (95/3rd)
FG% Jae’Sean Tate (.556/3rd)
DRebs Trevor Thompson (107/2nd)
Rebounds Trevor Thompson (145/3rd)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (90/4th)
Blocked Shots Trevor Thompson (30/4th)
2-point FG% Jae’Sean Tate (.597/3rd)
Ohio State FG% (.473/5th)
Opponent FG made (fewest) (373/2nd
Opponent FG% (lowest) (.388/2nd)
Opponent FTM (fewest) (176/4th)
Opponent FTA (fewest) (261/4th)
Opponent FT% (lowest) (.674/4th)
Opponent Steals (fewest) (75/2th)
Opponent Blocks (fewest) (45/4th
Opponent Points (fewest) (1,049/4th)

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Badgers 86-69. Ohio State owns a 53-23 advantage in Columbus while Wisconsin is 45-29 in Madison. The teams have met five times on neutral courts in the Big Ten Tournament with the Buckeyes owning a 4-1 edge in those games. Thad Matta teams are 12-13 overall vs. Wisconsin, which includes a win each while coaching Butler and Xavier. Matta’s Ohio State teams are 5-4 in Columbus and 2-8 in Madison. Jae’Sean Tate averages 11 points and 4.5 rebounds in two career meetings vs. the Badgers. JaQuan Lyle tallied 27 points a year ago in his only meeting vs. Wisconsin.

Scouting the Badgers
Ohio State travels to Madison to take on the No. 18 Badgers, who enter the game with an overall record of 13-3 and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Senior Bronson Koenig leads Wisconsin in scoring with 14.0 points per game. Classmate Nigel Hayes follows with 13.5 ppg. Sophomore Ethan Happ adds 13.4 points and a team high 6.3 rebounds per game.

Last Time vs. Wisconsin
Nigel Hayes scored 21 points and Wisconsin hit a season-high 13 3-pointers to beat Ohio State 79-68 in Madison (2/4/16). Wisconsin took advantage of open looks on the perimeter but nearly squandered a 12-point lead midway through the second half. Ohio State drew within 62-59 with 7:04 left on Jae’Sean Tate’s layup. Hayes, though, was clutch in the second half, when he scored 18 points. On defense, he dropped back on his man to intercept a pass into the paint with 3:17 left. Hayes followed with a dunk on the next possession, and Jordan Hill hit a 3 with the shot clock winding down for an eight-point lead with 1:39 left. The Buckeyes were led by the 27 points fromJaQuan Lyle, who was 11 of 19 from the field. Kam Williams added 10 points, while Tate finished with nine. Bronson Koenig scored 13 points for Wisconsin and was 3 of 7 from behind the arc. The Badgers were 13 of 27 from 3-point range.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
Ohio State is competing in its 105th season as a member of the Big Ten Conference in 2016-17. The Buckeyes own an overall record of 795-704 against current league members. Thad Matta, in 17 seasons as a head coach, owns an overall record of 170-81 vs. league members, including a mark of 166-78 while coaching the Buckeyes.

Matta Streak vs. Non-Conference Foes
Thad Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in 12 of his 13 full seasons in Columbus. Matta is 164-35 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 166-78 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 330-114. In 17 seasons as a head coach (1 at Butler, 3 at Xavier and 13 at Ohio State) Matta is 170-81 vs. the current roster of Big Ten teams. He has winning records vs. 10-of-13 league opponents: ILL (17-6), IND (12-10), IOWA (13-7), MICH (19-7), MINN (14-7), NW (19-1), PSU (21-2), PUR (18-9), NEB (9-1) and RUT (3-0). He is four games under .500 vs. Michigan State (11-15) and is one under vs. Wisconsin (12-13) and Maryland (2-3).

Matta Climbing All-Time Big Ten Wins Chart
Thad Matta has 143 career regular-season wins in Big Ten Conference play to rank No. 13 (t) all-time in Big Ten history. Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS/1935-59) is tied with Matta at No. 13 with 143 career victories in Big Ten regular-season play. Ohio State’s Harold Olsen (1923-46) holds down the No. 12 spots with 154 all-time league wins.

Noting the Minnesota Game
• Ohio State is 84-57 all-time against Minnesota.
• Ohio State has held all 16 opponents to under 50 percent shooting this season. Minnesota shot 40.9 percent from the field.
• The Buckeyes held a 40-32 advantage in points in the paint.
• Ohio State is now 3-5 when shooting less than 50 percent. It shot 40.6 percent in the contest.
• The Buckeyes scored a season-low eight bench points in the contest.
• Thad Matta-coached teams are now 14-7 overall against Minnesota.
• Matta-coached teams own a record of 166-78 against Big Ten teams.
• Trevor Thompson recorded his fifth double-double of the season racking up 15 points and grabbing 15 boards.
• This was Thompson’s second game of the season with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds.
Jae’Sean Tate led all scorers with 20 points while adding nine rebounds and four steals.
• He has now scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games this season.
JaQuan Lyle scored 12 points while adding six assists and four rebounds in the contest.
• He has scored in double figure in three of the last four games.

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