November 27, 2018

No. 16 Ohio State Hosts Syracuse in Big Ten/ACC Challenge Wednesday

Ohio State Men's Basketball GamedayFeb. 17, 2019
OpponentNo. 11 Michigan State (20-5, 11-3 B1G)
SiteBreslin Center (14,797)
Time1 p.m. ET
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Thad Matta Honored
Thad Matta, the all-time winningest coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history with 337 wins from 2005-2017, will be honored at halftime of the game vs. Syracuse Wednesday. Matta spent 13 years coaching the Buckeyes. His teams won nine Big Ten titles, five in the regular season and four league tournament crowns. Nine of Matta’s Ohio State teams played in the NCAA Tournament, five advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and two played in the Final Four. The 2007 squad played for the national championship.

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. 16 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Buckeyes are 20-8 all-time when ranked in the No. 16 position and are 505-148 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 16 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Nine of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 11 Michigan State (home/away), No. 7 Michigan (away), No. 19 Purdue (home/away), No. 22 Wisconsin (home), No. 24 Maryland (home/away) and No. 14 Iowa (home/away). Teams receiving votes are Syracuse (home), Indiana (road), Nebraska (road), Minnesota (home), Creighton (away) and UCLA (neutral).

Early Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson is averaging 12.7 points a game and has the Buckeyes off to a 6-0 start … he reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State the last time out … for his Ohio State career he is (101-281/.359) from distance … has scored 683 career points and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Duane Washington Jr. is 12-of-25 from 3-point range (.480) in six appearances … Kyle Young is 16-for-22 shooting this season (.727), Jaedon LeDee is 9-for-11 from the field in five appearances … Ohio State is 22nd nationally, averaging 33.2 points per game off the bench, ranks eighth in field goal percentage defense, 15th in scoring margin, 17th in scoring defense and 19th in 3-point field goal defense.

Buckeyes in the Challenge
Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 16 years and has a 6-10 record in the event. The Buckeyes first took part in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the event. The 2011 game vs. Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous Challenge games. That record was nearly tied in 2012 with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge. Ohio State has faced a ranked ACC opponent 11 times in the Challenge.

Scouting The Syracuse Orange
Syracuse enters the game with the Buckeyes sporting a record of 3-2 following a win over Colgate Nov. 21. That game followed a pair of losses in the 2K Empire Classic. The Orange fell to Connecticut 83-76 and then to Oregon 80-65. Syracuse opened the season with wins over Eastern Washington and Morehead State. Tyus Battle leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.6 points per game. He is followed by Elijah Hughes and Oshae Brissett, each contributing 14.8 ppg. Brissett grabs 8.0 boards a game to lead the Orange.

Ohio State vs. ACC
Ohio State is 67-49 all-time vs. the teams that currently make up the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Buckeyes have faced each current member of the league at least once. Ohio State last faced an ACC team Nov. 29, 2017 in Columbus when Clemson traveled to Columbus for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Buckeyes fell in that game 79-65.