November 9, 2016

Ohio State, Navy Open Season in Veterans Classic


Nov. 9, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0) at Navy Midshipmen (0-0)

Date: Nov. 11, 2016
Site: Alumni Hall (5,710)
Game Time: 9 p.m.
Television: CBSSN
Talent: Tom McCarthy (Play-By-Play)
Steve Lappas (Expert Analysis)
Jon Rothstein (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius/XM 81
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
Chris Jent returns to the Ohio State sidelines for his second stint as an assistant coach with Thad Matta. Jent left the Buckeyes following the 2012-13 season to take an assistant coaching position with the Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association. Jent returned to Columbus after Jeff Boals left the Buckeyes to become the head coach at Stony Brook University following the 2015-16 season.
Alan Major, another former Matta assistant, also returned to the Ohio State men’s basketball program after leaving the Buckeyes following the 2009-10 season to become the head coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Major spent five seasons as the head coach with the 49ers. He fills a new position on the Ohio State support staff this year as the director of recruiting and player development.
• Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games (11-7 in 2016) over the last 11 seasons, the longest streak in school history and the longest streak among Big Ten schools over Thad Matta’s 12-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Wisconsin (12-6 in conference play last year) has a streak of 10-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 143 career league triumphs. He is tied with Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters. The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
• Among all-time head coaches in NCAA Division I, Matta has the third best record over the course of his first 16 years as a head coach with an overall record of 422-139 (.752). Mark Few (Gonzaga, 2000-2015) tops that list with a 438-103 (.810) record with Roy Williams (Kansas/North Carolina, 1989-2004)) No. 2 with a 437-112 (.796) slate.
• Redshirt junior Kam Williams led he Big Ten during conference play a year ago in 3-point shooting percentage, knocking down 51.5 percent of his long-range attempts (34-66). Last year, Jae’Sean Tate is No. 2 nationally in field goal percentage by a player 6-feet-4 or shorter when he connected on 135-259 from the field (.521).

Buckeyes Take Care of Walsh in Exhibition
JaQuan Lyle led four Buckeyes in double figures offensively with 14 points in Ohio State’s 85-67 exhibition win over Walsh Sunday. Kam Williams (13), Keita Bates-Diop (12) and Jae’Sean Tate (10) also reached double digits. Lyle and freshman Andre Wesson led the way with six boards. All 11 Ohio State players that saw action scored and recorded at least one rebound in win. Junior college transfer C.J. Jackson, a sophomore guard, scored five points, grabbed three boards, handed out a team high six assists and recorded four steals, all without a turnover in 16 minutes of court time. Ohio State connected on 54 percent from the field (34-63) and six players made at least one 3-pointer. The team finished 8 of 18 from distance (.444).

Rookie Starters in Matta Era
Thad Matta has started six freshmen in their first game at Ohio State during his tenure (2005-present). Four of those rookies did so from 2005-06 to 2006-07. The two most recent freshman starters were Jared Sullinger at center in 2010-11 and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15. David Lighty and Mike Conley Jr. were the first freshmen starters in the Matta era in 2006. Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos got the starting nod in 2007-08.

Paulus Returns to Coaching Roots
Ohio State assistant coach Greg Paulus began his coaching career at Navy in 2010-11 after a successful four year playing career at Duke (2006-09) and a one year stint on the gridiron as a quarterback. Paulus joined the Ohio State staff in 2011 as the team’s video coordinator. He became a full-time assistant in 2013. The Buckeyes have won 99 games with Paulus on the Ohio State bench in an assistant’s role.

Road Openers Rare, Successful for Buckeyes
Ohio State has gone on the road to open the season 23 times in 116 years of basketball prior to this season. Four of those years began on a neutral court (1-3). Ohio State is 12-7 in true road games to start the season. The game at Navy this year is the first time a Thad Matta team has opened the season on the road. The last time Ohio State began the year on an opponent’s court was 2003-04 when the Buckeyes fell at San Francisco (11/21/03) 73-65. The last time Ohio State won a true road game to start the season was Dec. 1, 1971 at Georgia Tech, 63-55. The Buckeyes opened the season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll.

Buckeyes, Navy Meet for First Time Since 1932
The game vs. the Midshipmen in the second game of the 2018 Veterans Classic in Annapolis will be just the second meeting all-time between the teams. The squads have not met since 1932, also at Navy. The Midshipmen won that game 35-32. The Buckeyes are 20-3 all-time vs. members of the Patriot League. The last time Ohio State faced a Patriot League opponent was Dec. 6, 2014 vs. Colgate at Value City Arena (W, 70-50).

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