February 4, 2018

Postgame Notes: No. 17 Ohio State 75, Illinois 67


Feb. 4, 2018

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No. 17 Ohio State 75 (20-5, 11-1 B1G), Illinois 67 (12-12, 2-9 B1G)
Feb. 4, 2018
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 18,743


  • The game marked the 174th meeting between Ohio State and Illinois.
  • The Buckeyes trail the series 103-71 all-time against the Fighting Illini, but lead 45-41 in games played in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is 27-11 against Illinois when it enters the game ranked in the Top 25.


  • Ohio State honored its past captains at halftime of the game.
  • The list of captains in attendance at the game: Tom Williams 1953, Gene Millard 1957, Jim Laughlin 1958, Dick Furry 1960, Doug McDonald 1963, Bill Hosket 1968, Denny Meadors 1969, Jim Cleamons 1971, Craig Taylor 1976, Terry Burris 1978, Rick Smith 1979, Clark Kellogg 1982, Granville Waiters 1983, Ron Stokes 1984 & 1986, Troy Taylor 1985, Joe Concheck 1985, Dennis Hopson 1986 & 1987, Tony White 1989, Alex Davis 1993, Doug Etzler 1995, Rick Yudt 1996, Otis Winston 1997, Neshaun Coleman 1998 & 1999, Jason Singleton 1999, Scoonie Penn 1999 & 2000, Michael Redd 2000, Ken Johnson 2001, Brian Brown 2001 & 2002, Velimir Radinovic 2004, Terence Dials 2005 & 2006, James Sullinger 2006, Matt Terwilliger 2008.


  • Ohio State held Illinois scoreless in the last 10 minutes of the first half forcing eight turnovers and holding them to 0-9 shooting from the field.
  • The Buckeyes set season highs for free throw makes with 26, and free throw attempts with 33.
  • The Buckeyes are 17-2 on the year when scoring 70-plus points.
  • The Buckeyes outrebounded the Fighting Illini 45-22 for a 23 rebound margin.
  • Ohio State is 15-2 in games in which it outrebounds its opponent.
  • The Buckeyes are 20-1 on the season when shooting a higher percentage from the field than their opponent.
  • Ohio State is 145-41 in games in which two or more players record a double-double in a game.

Chris Holtmann

  • The game marked the second time Chris Holtmann has faced Illinois in his career. Holtmann holds a 1-1 record in these contests.
  • Holtmann became the first Ohio State coach to win 20 regular season games in his first season as coach of the Buckeyes.
  • Holtmann has now recorded five 20-win season in a row (Gardner Webb, Butler (3), Ohio State).

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Keita Bates-Diop led all scorers in the game posting a career-high 35 points while adding 13 rebounds, and an assist.
  • Bates-Diop’s 35 points were tied for the 46th most scored by a Buckeye in a single game.
  • Bates-Diop’s 35 points also propelled him over the 500 point mark for the season, making him the 33rd Buckeye to do so.
  • Bates-Diop recorded his tenth double-double of the season and the 16th of his career. The Buckeyes are 15-1 in games in which Bates-Diop records a double-double.
  • Bates-Diop’s 35 points bring his career total to 1,106 and move him to the 45th spot on the Ohio State all-time list. He now trails Ron Sepic (1,107) by only one point to move into the 44th spot on the Buckeyes all-time scoring list.

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Jae’Sean Tate scored 11 points, while adding six rebounds, and three assists, and a steal.
  • Tate’s 11 points give him 1,415 for his career, and move him to the 24th spot on the Buckeyes all-time scoring list where he now trails Paul Ebert (1,436) by 21 points for the 23rd spot.

Kaleb Wesson