January 30, 2017

Ohio State Plays Host to No. 17 Terrapins Tuesday


Jan. 30, 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes (13-9, 3-6) vs. No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (19-2, 3-6)

Date: Jan. 31, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:04 p.m.
Television: ESPN
Talent: Dave Flemming (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
Molly McGrath (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81/XM 81
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five
• In Thad Matta’s 13 seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have been swept in a regular season home-and-home series with a Big Ten foe just nine times. Ohio State has played 82 home-and-home series in Matta’s tenure to date. The Buckeyes have swept 35 and split 38 series with Big Ten foes in Matta’s tenure. When the Buckeyes fall in the first game of a home-and-home Big Ten regular season series, Ohio State is 24-8 in the second game of the series under Matta.
• Thad Matta sits fourth and has advanced to the second round of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Second-round voting is open now and runs through Feb. 12. Vote daily for Coach Matta and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio at www.ESPN.com/Infiniti.
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,195 is 36th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Luke Witte is No. 35 with 1,211 and No. 34 is John Havlicek with 1,223.
• Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 146 career league triumphs. He passed Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who won 143 league encounters with the win over Michigan State (72-67/Jan. 15 in Columbus). The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
Jae’Sean Tate and Marc Loving are working on becoming Ohio State’s 26th/27th players with 1,000 career points and 500 career boards…Tate has 944 points (11.1 ppg.) and 493 caroms (5.8 rpg.) over 85 career appearances…Tate reached 900 points with 13 at Nebraska…Loving has 1,195 career points (9.6 ppg.) and 474 career rebounds (3.8 rpg.)…Deshaun Thomas was the most recent Buckeye to join the 1,000/500 club in 2013…he finished with 1,630/560.

Off the Bench
• Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State for the 2004-05 season, a Buckeye has recorded 15 or more rebounds in a game 24 times, the most of any Big Ten team. Junior Trevor Thompson has four of those efforts this year with a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Connecticut Dec. 10, 2016 and 15 rebounds three times (vs. Youngstown State, at Minnesota and against Northwestern). Jared Sullinger recorded eight games with 15 or more rebounds, Greg Oden recorded five, Evan Turner and Terence Dials each had two. Othello Hunter, Amir Williams and LaQuinton Ross each posted one game with 15 or more rebounds. Ohio State is 20-4 when a player records at least 15 rebounds in Matta era.
• Junior Keita Bates-Diop had season-ending surgery Jan. 25 on his left leg to repair a stress fracture he has been battling since missing about two months of summer workouts with the injury. Bates-Diop played in nine games this season around illness, a right ankle sprain sustained in the Providence game (Nov. 17) and lingering pain from the left-leg stress fracture. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Ohio State will apply for a medical redshirt season on Bates-Diop’s behalf following the 2016-17 campaign. If granted, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
• 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 13-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.
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 124 opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the third-most games against ranked foes in all of NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The Buckeyes are 54-70 in those games with a winning percentage of .435. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.
• Matta is closing on the Ohio State record for most games coached in a career. His teams have played in 450 games to date (333-117). Harold G. Olsen (1923-46) coached in 456 games (259-197) and Fred Taylor was on the sidelines for 455 career games (297-158) from 1959-76.
• The Buckeyes are 5-5 on the year in games decided by five or fewer points. Wins have come against Providence (72-67), Connecticut (64-60), UNC Asheville (79-77), Michigan State (72-67), and at Nebraska (67-66). Losses have been to Virginia (63-61) on the road, Florida Atlantic (79-77), at Illinois (75-70), Purdue (76-75) and Northwestern (74-72).
Jae’Sean Tate is one of two Power 5 Conference players 6-4 or shorter averaging more than six rebounds per game (Markelle Fultz of Washington is averaging 6.0). Overall, Tate is 17th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 6.3 rebounds per game … he also is tied for 15th nationally among players 6-4 or shorter with 1.9 offensive rebounds per game.
• Trevor Thompson is tied for the second-most double-doubles (seven) nationally among players averaging fewer than 24 minutes per game. In games where Thompson comes off the bench, he is averaging the second-most rebounds per game nationally at 8.5.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 22 games, Ohio State has five players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.0 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.4), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (12.3), junior Trevor Thompson (10.5) and junior Kam Williams (10.3). Junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is out for the remainder of the season (stress fracture, left leg) averaged 9.7 ppg. in nine appearances this year. Thompson’s 9.3 rebounds a game leads the team.

Thompson’s Effort on the Glass vs. UConn One of Best in Matta Era
Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, there have been eight games in which a Buckeye recorded 17 or more rebounds. Trevor Thompson recorded a career-best with 17 boards vs. Connecticut. He also tallied a career-high 17 points in the 64-60 win. Both Greg Oden (vs. Purdue, 3/10/07) and Jared Sullinger (vs. South Carolina Dec. 18, 2010) recorded 19-rebound games. Sullinger also had a pair of games with 18 boards (both vs. Northwestern 3/11/11, 2/29/12). Evan Turner recorded two games with 17 caroms (vs. Alcorn State 11/9/09; and James Madison 11/12/09). Turner’s effort vs. Alcorn State was part of triple-double in which he scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Terence Dials also grabbed 17 boards in a game vs. Illinois (12/12/06).

Ohio State vs. Maryland
Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Terrapins 5-4. The Buckeyes are 3-1 in Columbus in the series. Thad Matta is 2-1 in Columbus and 2-3 overall vs. Maryland. Senior Marc Loving has faced the Terrapins four times and averages 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Junior Jae’Sean Tate averages a team high 14.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in three games vs. Maryland.

Scouting the Terrapins
Maryland enters the game at Ohio State with a record of 19-2 overall and 7-1 in Big Ten Conference play. The Terps are led by veteran guard Melo Trimble with 17.1 points per game. Freshman guard Anthony Cowan contributes 10.8 points ahead of classmate Justin Jackson’s 11.0 ppg. Jackson leads the team in rebounding with 6.0 rpg.

Last Time vs. Maryland
Melo Trimble scored 20 points and Jake Layman added 16 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 8 Maryland beat Ohio State 66-61 Jan. 31, 2016 in Columbus. Trimble hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:03 remaining for a 60-55 lead before Marc Loving made a pair of foul shots for Ohio State to trim the lead to three. Maryland’s Robert Carter, who had 10 points, then made both shots from the line with 24.4 seconds left. JaQuan Lyle made 1 of 2 foul shots for OSU to cut the deficit to 62-58 but Rasheed Sulaimon hit two free throws for Maryland with 13.5 seconds to go. Jae’Sean Tate, who had 16 points for Ohio State, made a 3-pointer with 5.9 to go but Trimble was fouled and made two more foul shots with 5.4 remaining to seal the win. Maryland led 37-31 at the half.

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