March 6, 2020

No. 19 Buckeyes Conclude Regular Season at No. 16 Michigan State


Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayMarch 12, 2020
Opponentvs. Purdue (16-15)
SiteBankers Life Fieldhouse (18,500)
Time6:30 p.m. ET
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Starting Five

  • The Buckeyes are 1,164-418 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.736) … against Ohio teams, Ohio State is 237-79 (.749) all-time, regardless of location. The Buckeyes faced a pair of intrastate foes this season. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Nov. 6 at Value City Arena (64-56) and then Kent State Nov. 25 at St. John Arena (W, 72-51). Ohio State is 179-30 vs. Ohio teams in Columbus (.856). The Buckeyes are 64-98 (.395) all-time when playing in the state of Michigan. Ohio State knocked off the University of Michigan earlier this season in Ann Arbor.
  • Three current Buckeyes were named Mr. Basketball in their respective states. Junior Kaleb Wesson was named Ohio Mr. Basketball as a senior at Westerville South High School … freshman D.J. Carton was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa in 2019 as a senior at Bettendorf High School and freshman E.J. Liddell was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in both 2018 and 2019 after leading Belleville High School to back-to-back state titles.
  • Andre and Kaleb Wesson are one of 16 sets of brothers playing on the same team in NCAA Division I this season and one of two sets in the Big Ten (Iowa, McCaffery) also have siblings on the roster.
  • Ohio State has 58 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth-most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school (research credit: Duke). Kaleb Wesson is the most recent Buckeye to reach the milestone with 1,232 career points over his career. He became the 37th Ohio State player all-time to reach 500 rebounds with nine vs. West Virginia Dec. 29. His 14 points vs. Michigan March 1 moved him over the 1,200-point mark.
  • Ohio State will played before five sold out crowds at Value City Arena in 2020. The Wisconsin (19,049, Jan. 3), Indiana (18,809, Feb. 1), Purdue (18,809, Feb. 15), Maryland (18,809, Feb. 23) and Michigan (18,809, March 1) games were sellouts.

Off the Bench

  • The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s basketball program recognized the 1960 National Championship Team at halftime of the game vs. Illinois March 5. That team finished the year with a 25-3 record and a 13-1 record in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes defeated California in the national championship game 75-55 at the Final Four in San Francisco March 19, 1960.
  • Ohio State is 64-19 all-time when games are sold out at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 56-16 in sold out games against the Big Ten, including a 22-11 record against ranked conference opponents. The last sellout at VCA was vs. No. 19 Michigan March 1, 2020 (W, 77-63).
  • Ohio State is 1,709-1,102 all-time, including a 21-9 record this season.
  • In the first NCAA NET rankings of the year, released Dec. 16, 2019, Ohio State was rated the No. 1 team nationally after its 9-1 start. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 in the first NET rankings a year ago as well. This year Ohio State has played 14 Quad 1 games (6-8) with one Quad 1 (Michigan State) game remaining on the schedule.
  • When the then-No. 5 Buckeyes tipped vs. the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, the Wesson family reached 300 games played as Buckeyes. Keith Wesson, who lettered for Ohio State from 1983-87, played in 115 games. Senior Andre Wesson has appeared in 126 games while junior Kaleb Wesson has taken the court as a Buckeye 95 times. In 336 games played, the Wessons have scored 2,307 points for an average of 6.9 a game. Andre passed Keith in total games played at Northwestern Jan. 28.
  • In three seasons as Ohio State head coach, Chris Holtmann teams have made 10 or more 3s 26 times (20-6 rcd.). Ohio State made 10+ from distance five times in 2017-18 and posted a 4-1 record in those games. The Buckeyes were 5-5 in 2018-19 and are 11-0 this year when make 10+ 3-pointers.
  • The Buckeyes have made 30 or more field goals seven times this year (7-0) after doing so three times a season ago (3-0). Chris Holtmann Ohio State teams have scored 30 or more FGs in 22 games during his tenure (21-1) after doing so 12 times in his first year (12-1). Ohio State has won its last nine games when reaching at least 30 FGs made.

Buckeyes Post 20 Wins in 2019-20, Now Have 20+ Wins in 15 of the Last 16 Seasons
Ohio State has 30 seasons with 20 or more wins and three with 30 or more. Chris Holtmann has won at least 20 games in each of his three years at Ohio State and the Buckeyes have won 20 or more in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The Buckeyes are 21-9 this year after the win vs. No. 23 Illinois last Thursday.

Kaleb Wesson Welcomed to Exclusive Club
Ohio State junior Kaleb Wesson has entered both the 1,000 career point and 500 career rebound club with 1,232 points and 666 boards. Wesson became the 29th Buckeye all-time with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

The Ohio State vs. Michigan State Series
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Ohio State 71-57. The Buckeyes are 37-24 in Columbus and 17-42 in East Lansing. The teams have met eight times on a neutral court with Michigan State owning a 5-3 record in those games. Ranked Ohio State teams are 22-14 against the Spartans while MSU is 25-10 when ranked in games vs. the Buckeyes. When both teams are ranked when facing one another, MSU leads 9-7. Andre Wesson has faced the Spartans a team-leading six times. He averages 5.2 points and 3.0 boards. Kaleb Wesson contributes 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in four career meetings with Michigan State.

Scouting Michigan State
The Spartans enter the game vs. the Buckeyes at 21-9 overall and 13-6 in Big Ten Conference play. The Spartans have won five of the last six league games following a three-game losing streak on conference play. Senior Cassius Winston leads the Spartans with 18.3 points per game followed by classmate Xavier Tillman’s 13.7 ppg. Tillman also leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 boards a contest.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 837-738 against current league members. Chris Holtmann faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes in 2017-18. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 39-32 vs. conference opponents in nine years as a head coach.