February 18, 2020

No. 25 Ohio State Travels to No. 20 Iowa 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 1,161-418 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).  The Buckeyes are 27-51 when playing in the state of Iowa. Ohio State last won in Iowa Jan. 4, 2018, a 92-81 victory over the Hawkeyes.
  • 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 1,158 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 62-19 all-time when games are sold out at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 54-16 in sold out games against the Big Ten, including a 20-11 record against ranked conference opponents. The last sellout at VCA was vs. Purdue Feb. 15, 2020 (W, 68-52). The Maryland game Sunday Feb. 23 and the Michigan game March 1 are both sellouts (18,809).
  • Ohio State is 1,705-1,101 all-time, including a 17-8 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 11 Quad 1 games (5-6) with a total of five Quad 1 (4) 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 121 games while junior Kaleb Wesson has taken the court as a Buckeye 90 times. In 326 games played, the Wessons have scored 2,181 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 24 times (18-6 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 9-0 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.

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 1,158 points and 618 boards. Wesson became the 29th Buckeye all-time with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

The Ohio State vs. Iowa Series
Iowa leads the all-time series with Ohio State 78-76. The Buckeyes are 49-27 in Columbus and 25-50 in Iowa City. The teams have met three times on neutral courts with the Buckeyes winning two. Ohio State is 15-18 all-time in games when Iowa is ranked among the Top 25 and 24-13 when the Buckeyes carry an Associated Press Top 25 ranking into the game vs. the Hawkeyes. When both teams are ranked in games vs. one another, the Buckeyes are 5-3. Ohio State has won the last three games vs. Iowa when the Hawkeyes were ranked at the time of the game vs. the Buckeyes, including a 76-69 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Feb. 4, 2014 over the No. 17 Hawkeyes. Ohio State was unranked in all three of the wins over ranked Iowa squads. Senior Andre Wesson has faced Iowa five times, most on the Ohio State roster. He averages 6.6 points and two rebounds in the series. Junior Kaleb Wesson averages 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in four meetings while sophomore Justin Ahrens averages 17.5 points and 3.0 boards in the series. He has faced Iowa twice. His 29 points, which included a 6-10 effort from 3-point range and a 9-9 effort at the foul line, were instrumental in a 90-70 win over the Hawkeyes last year in Columbus.

Scouting the Hawkeyes
Iowa plays host to the Buckeyes with an overall record of 18-8 with a 9-6 slate in Big Ten Conference play after a 58-55 win at Minnesota Sunday. Three Hawkeyes average double figures offensively with junior Luka Garza, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, at 23.7 points per game. Sophomore Joe Wieskamp is next with 14.9 ppg. while freshman CJ Fredrick adds 10.7 ppg. Garza, No. 4 in the conference in rebounding, tops the Hawkeyes with 9.7 boards a game.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 833-737 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 35-31 vs. conference opponents in nine years as a head coach.