February 25, 2020

No. 23 Ohio State Travels to Nebraska Thursday Night


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 1,162-418 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.735) … 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). When playing in the state of Nebraska, Ohio State is 7-5 all-time (.583). The Buckeyes won a pair of games in Nebraska during the 2018-19 season, a 69-60 win at Creighton in Omaha Nov. 15, 2018 and a 70-60 victory at Nebraska in Lincoln Jan. 26, 2019.
  • 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 1,183 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 23 points at Michigan Feb. 4 moved him over the 1,100-point mark.
  • Ohio State will play before at least 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 are sellouts. There is limited availability for Illinois (March 5).

Off the Bench

  • The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s basketball program will recognize 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 63-19 all-time when games are sold out at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 55-16 in sold out games against the Big Ten, including a 21-11 record against ranked conference opponents. The last sellout at VCA was vs. No. 7 Maryland Feb. 23, 2020 (W, 79-72). The Michigan game March 1 is a sellout (18,809).
  • Ohio State is 1,706-1,102 all-time, including a 18-9 record this season.
  • In the first NCAA NET rankings of the year, released Dec. 16, 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 13 Quad 1 games (5-8) with a total of three Quad 1 (2) and Quad 2 (1) games 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 123 games while junior Kaleb Wesson has taken the court as a Buckeye 92 times. In 330 games played, the Wessons have scored 2,227 points for an average of 6.7 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 25 times (19-6 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 10-0 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.

The Ohio State vs. Nebraska Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Nebraska 17-4. The Buckeyes are 9-1 in Columbus and 6-2 in Lincoln. The teams have met three times on a neutral court with Ohio State owning a 2-1 record in those games. Ohio State is 10-1 vs. Nebraska when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight games in the series. Andre Wesson has faced the Cornhuskers five times, most on the Ohio State roster. He averages 4.8 points in the series. Kaleb Wesson averages 10.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in three career meetings. Luther Muhammad recorded his career high with 24 points in his only meeting with Nebraska a year ago. He also grabbed six rebounds.

Scouting Nebraska
The Cornhuskers enter the game with the Buckeyes with a 7-20 record and 2-14 in Big Ten Conference play. League wins have come at home vs. Purdue and Iowa. Nebraska is led by senior guard Haanif Cheatham’s 12.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Cam Mack adds 12.0 ppg. ahead of junior guard Dachon Burke Jr.’s 11.8 ppg. The Huskers rebound by committee with seven players averaging between 3.7 and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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 1,183 points and 634 boards. Wesson became the 29th Buckeye all-time with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 834-738 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 36-32 vs. conference opponents in nine years as a head coach.