April 6, 2020

Plenty to Celebrate Despite Lack of Postseason


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COLUMBUS, Ohio-Normally, the 2020-21 season begins with the conclusion of the 2020 NCAA Championship game. These are not normal times.

Today, April 6, 2020, the NCAA Title game was supposed to be contested in Atlanta. The crescendo of the 2019-20 men’s basketball season. The event ended before it began for the Buckeyes, as is did for every team.

Despite the disappointment, there remains much to celebrate for Chris Holtmann, third-year head coach of the Buckeyes, and the 2019-20 edition of Ohio State Basketball. Here are a few of those points of pride.

  • Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes in scoring for the second-consecutive season with 468 points (14.6 ppg.) in 2018-19 and 434 (14.0 ppg.) in 2019-20. The last Buckeye to lead the team in scoring in back-to-back seasons was Jared Sullinger in 2011 (635/17.2 ppg.) and 2012 (647/17.5 ppg.).
  • Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes in field goal percentage (min. 100 made FGs) for the third-consecutive season in 2018-19, making 136-305 shots (.446). He made 118-201 (.562) as a freshman in 2017-18 and 156-312 (.500) as a sophomore in 2018-19. The last Buckeye to lead the team in field goal percentage for three-consecutive years was Lawrence Funderburke from 1992-1994 (1992, 115-210/.548; 1993, 186-349/.533; 1994, 188-345/.545).
  • Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes in 3-point shooting percentage (.425/45-107) among players with 50 or more attempts. He is the first Ohio State center to lead the Buckeyes from distance.
  • Luther Muhammad led the Buckeyes at the foul line (min. 50 made) in 2019-20 making 51-60 at the stripe for a free throw percentage of 85 percent. Classmate Duane Washington Jr. was a close second with 50 makes in 60 attempts (.833). CJ Walker (56-69/.812) and Andre Wesson (44-55/.800) also connected on 80 percent or better from the line.
  • The last Buckeye to lead the team at the foul line at an 85 percent or better shooting percentage was Jon Diebler in 2010. He made 69-79/.873). Deshaun Thomas was the last Buckeye to lead the team at over 80% accuracy in 2013 (141-169/.834).
  • Ohio State made 261 of 700 3-point attempts in 2019-20, the sixth most 3s made in a season in OSU history. The Buckeyes made 264 a season ago, fourth most all-time. The 261 made this year were in just 31 games, the fewest number of games played among the Top 10 all-time single-season team 3-point shooting totals in Ohio State history. The 700 attempts this season rank No. 7 for most in a season in Ohio State history.
  • The Buckeyes made 14 of 26 3-point attempts in the home win over Penn State Dec. 7, 2019. The 14 makes tie for the ninth most in a single game in Ohio State history and the most since the Buckeyes made 15 against Purdue Fort Wayne Nov. 11, 2018 in a 107-61 win at Value City Arena.
  • Kaleb Wesson was one of just three players nationally in 2019-20 to score more than 430 points (434) while also recording at least 288 rebounds and making 45 3-pointers. He is the only player among the power five conferences to do so. Ty Flowers of LIU (471/318/61) and Ethan Stair of Mercer (467/296/60) were the others.
  • Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 9.3 rebounds per game and a total of 288 in 2019-20. He has led Ohio State in rebounding in each of the last two years after grabbing 221 (6.9 rpg.) in 2018-19. He is the first Buckeye since Jared Sullinger (2011, 2012) to lead the Buckeyes on the boards in back-to-back campaigns. Wesson’s 9.3 rebounds a game this year are the most per game since Sullinger grabbed 9.7 a contest in 2011-12.
  • The Buckeyes defeated Penn State 106-74 in the Big Ten Conference opener Dec. 7, 2019 in Columbus. Ohio State is 77-1 when scoring 100+ all-time, including a 57-0 home record. Ohio State last scored 100 in a league game vs. Penn State Jan. 5, 2006, 104-69, in Columbus.
  • There have been 42 seasons in which an Ohio State player has recorded 10 or more double-doubles during the schedule. Kaleb Wesson had 11 in 2019-20 to finish his career with 17. That total rates tied for 21st most all-time in an Ohio State career. After junior Kyle Young and freshman E.J. Liddell recorded their first career double-doubles this season, there have been 120 players all-time to reach a combination of 10 or more points-rebounds-assists-steals or blocks in a season. There were 15 games in which a Buckeye recorded a double-double in 2019-20, Ohio State was 13-2 in those games.
  • Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center has been the home of the Buckeyes for the last 22 years (1998-99 to 2019-20). The Buckeyes have played 387 games at the facility and have averaged 15,512 fans a game for a total of 6,003,184 fans. Ohio State reached 6,000,000 in attendance all-time March 5, 2020 when the 13,198th fan entered the facility to witness the Buckeyes’ 71-63 win over Illinois.
  • The Buckeyes were 4-1 in five sold out games at Value City Arena in 2019-20, including the last two over ranked Big Ten Conference opponents. Ohio State is 57-16 all-time in sold out games at Value City Arena, including a 22-11 record vs. ranked conference opponents.
  • Record vs. Top 25 Opponents      6-4           174-276 (.387) all-time
  • Record vs. Top 10 Opponents      4-0           Most wins since 2012-13 (4-4)
  • Record as a Top 10 Team               8-3
  • Wins as a Top 10 team                    8               Most since 2013-14 (14-3)
  • Games Ranked in Top 25                24            Most since 2014-15 (24/16-8)
  • Wins When Ranked in Top 25      16            Most since 2014-15 (16)
  • All-Time 1,000 pt. Scorers              58            Kaleb Wesson added in 2019-20 (1,240)
  • Team 3-pointers made                    261          Sixth most in Ohio State history
  • Record when Scoring 100+            76-1        57-0 home record after 106-74 win over Penn State (12/7/19)