January 20, 2018

Postgame Notes: No. 22 Ohio State 67, Minnesota 49


Jan. 20, 2018

No. 22 Ohio State 67 (17-4, 8-0 B1G), Minnesota 49 (14-8, 3-6 B1G)
Jan. 20, 2018
Madison Square Garden – New York, N.Y.


  • The game marked the 143rd meeting between Ohio State and Minnesota.
  • The Buckeyes lead the series 86-57 all-time against the Gophers, and 3-0 in neutral games.
  • Ohio State has won five of the last six meetings between the two, with its last loss being a 78-68 loss at Minnesota Jan. 8, 2017.
  • Ohio State has won the last 10 of the last 11 meetings when it entered the game ranked in the top 25.


  • The Buckeyes are 15-2 this season when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State is 16-1 on the year when leading with five minutes remaining.
  • The Buckeyes are 14-2 when holding their opponents to under 50 pct, from the field this season.
  • Ohio State outscored Minnesota in the paint 40-20 in the contest.
  • The Buckeyes are 17-1 this season when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their opponent.
  • Ohio State scored 22 points off 15 Minnesota turnovers.
  • The Buckeyes shot a season high 90 pct. (9/10) from the free throw line.
  • Ohio State has held its opponent to less than 50 points in two of the last three contests, the other being Rutgers (46)
  • The Buckeyes have held two of their last three opponents to less than 20 second half points, the other being Rutgers (15).

Chris Holtmann

  • The game marked the first time Chris Holtmann has faced Minnesota in his career.
  • Holtmann is now 8-0 against Big Ten opponents to start his Ohio State tenure.
  • Holtmann’s 8-0 start is the best record to start off a Big Ten tenure since Sam Barry went 11-0 in 1923 at Iowa.

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Keita Bates-Diop scored a game-high 17 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds in the contest.
  • Bates-Diop’s 17 points move his career total to 1,013, and makes him the 55th player in Ohio State history to score 1,000 career points.
  • Bates-Diop also recorded his 8th double-double of the season and the 14th of his career.
  • The Buckeyes are 13-1 in games which Bates-Diop records a double-double.

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Jae’Sean Tate scored 10 points to go with six rebounds, and 5 assists.
  • Tate, who sits at 27th in Ohio State’s all-time scoring, has career total of 1,354, and now trails Brent Darby (1,368) by 14 points for the 26th spot on the list.