December 4, 2018

No. 19 Buckeyes Set to Face Illini in Chicago

Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayFeb. 14, 2019
OpponentIllinois (9-15, 5-8 B1G)
SiteValue City Arena (18,809)
Time7 p.m. ET
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Starting Five

  • The Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to Spain for 11 days over the summer. The Buckeyes played a total of three games, one in each stop during the trip, which began Aug. 1 with a flight to Madrid. Three days were spent in Madrid (W, 93-61 vs. Madrid Generals), Valencia (W, 95-63 vs. Valencia All-Stars) and Barcelona (W, 68-66 vs. Catalan All-Stars) before the team returned to Columbus Aug. 11. The team also experienced several cultural tours, team meals and excursions.
  • Ohio State improved to 2-0 in the Gavitt Games with a 69-60 win at Creighton Nov. 15. Ohio State defeated Providence in Columbus in its first appearance in the event in 2016. The Buckeyes earned four wins in the Buckeye Classic to claim the event title. Ohio State defeated Purdue Fort Wayne, South Carolina State, Samford and Cleveland State.
  • Ohio State is ranked No. 19/17 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Buckeyes are 6-1 all-time when ranked in the No. 19 position and are 505-149 when ranked among the Top 25 in the AP poll. The Buckeyes were 10-5 as a ranked team in 2017-18. Ohio State was ranked No. 17 in the final game of the season vs. No. 6 Gonzaga a year ago in the NCAA Tournament (L, 90-84).
  • Ohio State will appear on four major television networks again in 2018-19. This season marks the second year in which FOX will televise Big Ten Conference games. The Buckeyes, who have traditionally appeared on CBS, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, will appear on FOX and/or FS1 four times this season. The first appearance was at home Nov. 23 vs. Cleveland State at historic St. John Arena in the 2018 Buckeye Classic.
  • Ohio State will play 13 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Eight of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 10 Michigan State (home/away), No. 5 Michigan (away), No. 12 Wisconsin (home), No. 23 Maryland (home/away), No. 18 Iowa (home/away) and No. 24 Nebraska (away). Teams receiving votes are Syracuse (home), Indiana (away), Creighton (away) and UCLA (neutral).

Early Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.3 points a game and has the Buckeyes off to a 7-1 start … he reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State … for his Ohio State career he is (105-292/.360) from distance … has scored 713 career points after an 11-point effort vs. Minnesota and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Duane Washington Jr. is 15-of-34 from 3-point range (.421) in eight appearances … Kyle Young is 23-for-33 shooting this season (.697), Jaedon LeDee is 10-for-14 from the field in seven appearances … Ohio State ranks 16th nationally in 3-point percentage defense (.265), 18th in scoring defense (60.1 ppg), 21st in field goal percentage defense (.372) and 23rd in scoring margin (+18.3).

Noting the Minnesota Game

  • Ohio State improves to 87-57 against Minnesota all-time and has defeated the Golden Gophers in seven of their last eight matchups. Ohio State is 11-1 at Value City Arena vs. Minnesota.
  • The game marked the opening of Ohio State’s 107th season in the Big Ten. The team is now 72-33 in Big Ten home openers and 40-20 when opening conference play at home.
  • The win over Minnesota puts the Buckeyes’ all-time Big Ten record at 818-717.
  • Ohio State improves to 21-9 when ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll and 506-149 when ranked in the Top 25.
  • C.J. Jackson (11), Musa Jallow (11), Duane Washington Jr. (10), Andre Wesson (16), Kaleb Wesson (15) and Kyle Young (10) all scored in double figures. The last time the team had six players score in double figures was vs. Marshall (11/25/16).
  • The Buckeyes did not give up a single 3-pointer in the contest. The Golden Gophers finished 0-13 from 3-point range. The last time the team kept an opponent to zero 3-pointers was when Lamar went 0-12 (12/20/11). The last Big Ten opponent held without a 3 was Michigan March 3, 1992 (0-10).
  • Chris Holtmann is now 16-3 in conference play at the helm of the Buckeyes.
  • Holtmann improves to 20-9 when facing conference opponents as a head coach.
  • The victory marked Holtmann’s second win over Minnesota as a head coach. He is 2-0 when coaching against the Golden Gophers.
  • Andre Wesson scored a team-high 16 points in the contest, a career-high mark for the junior.
  • Wesson added four rebounds and dished out two assists.
  • Musa Jallow recorded a season-high 11 points for the Buckeyes. He scored on all four shots taken in the game, including one 3-pointer.
  • Jallow grabbed four rebounds in the contest to put his career total at 70.
  • Kyle Young recorded his 100th point in the win over Minnesota. He recorded 10 points in the contest and now has 107 career points.
  • Young grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. He added three assists, two steals, and one block for the Buckeyes.

Scouting The Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois enters the game vs. the Buckeyes with an overall 2-6 record after a loss to Nebraska Sunday in Lincoln (75-60). Illinois opened the season with a home win over Evansville, 99-60, falling to Georgetown in Champaign in the Gavitt Games, 88-80. In the Maui Classic, Illinois fell to Gonzaga, Iowa State and Xavier before returning home to take care of Mississippi Valley State. Prior to the Nebraska game, the Illini dropped a close one in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Notre Dame, 76-74. Trent Frazier (14.7 ppg.), Ayo Dosunmu (13.1 ppg.), Aaron Jordan (11.1 ppg.) and Giorgi Bezhanishvili (10.0 ppg.) all average double figures offensively. Dosunmu and Bezhanishvili each grab a team-high 4.9 rebounds a game to pace the Illini.

The Ohio State vs. Illinois Series
Illinois leads the overall series vs. Ohio State 102-77. The teams will not play on either the Illinois or Ohio State campus this year. Ohio State is 45-41 in Columbus while the Illini own a 60-26 advantage in Champaign. On neutral courts, the series is tied 1-all. Ohio State is 29-21 all-time vs. Big Ten teams on neutral courts. The Buckeyes last played a league team on a neutral court during conference regular-season play earlier this calendar year when Ohio State defeated Minnesota at Madison Square Garden, 67-49, Jan. 20, 2018. As a ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, Ohio State owns a 27-11 record in the series. When ranked, Ohio State has won the last five games vs. Illinois and 17 of the last 19. Overall, the Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight games vs. the Illini and 13 of the last 16 meetings. C.J. Jackson is the most experienced Buckeye in the Illinois series with two games played. He averages 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Sophomore Kaleb Wesson scored 10 points a year ago in the only meeting with the Illini. He also added 10 rebounds.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 818-717 against current league members. Chris Holtmann is new to the Big Ten but no stranger to Big Ten competition. He faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes this year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 20-9 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.