March 20, 2016

No. 3 Ohio State 66 (21-14), No. 2 Florida 74 (21-14)
March 20, 2016
Value City Arena—Columbus, Ohio


  • This is Ohio State’s ninth trip to the National Invitation Tournament. The Buckeyes are 19-8 all-time in the event, winning the championship twice (1986, 2008).
  • Ohio State is 11-3 at home in the NIT.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Florida 8-5. The Buckeyes are 4-1 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is 37-35 all-time vs. the current alignment on the Southeastern Conference.


  • Ohio State is 15-6 at home for the 2015-2016 season, making it the 12th straight season that Matta has won at least 15 home games with the Buckeyes. He has done so every year as head coach at Ohio State.
  • Since 2005, Ohio State stands alone with the most home wins in the country with a record of 203-25 (.894).
  • Ohio State saw three players score in double-figures: Loving (20), Lyle (19) and Giddens (11).
  • Ohio State went 14-16 (.880) from the free throw line. That percentage is good for third-highest this season.


Thad Matta                                                                                    

  • Thad Matta is 320-108 during his career at Ohio State and 422-139 overall as a head coach.
  • Matta is 6-1 coaching the Buckeyes in the NIT, with a 3-1 home record and 2-0 record at Madison Square Garden.
  • Matta has guided the Buckeyes to postseason play in 11-consecutive attempts and in every year in which Ohio State was eligible.
  • Matta’s teams have never failed to win 20 games in a season, a record streak (12 seasons) in Ohio State history. Additionally, Matta has never failed to reach the 20-win plateau in 16 years as a head coach.
  • Matta is 3-3 vs. the Gators while coaching the Buckeyes.
  • Matta is 62-22 (.744) in the month of March coaching the Buckeyes, the fifth best winning percentage among active coaches.

JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle recorded the third double-double of his career, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
  • Lyle scored 391 points this season as a freshman. That total puts him as the ninth highest scorer as a freshman in Ohio State history. He passed Daequan Cook (2007) who scored 372 in his Freshman campaign.
  • Lyle also finishes the year with the fourth most assists by a Buckeye freshman and the sixth most free-throws made by a freshman.

Marc Loving

  • Loving scored 20 points on 7-14 shooting to go along with four rebounds and an assist.
  • This is the sixth time this season Loving has scored 20+ points in a game.

Daniel Giddens

  • Giddens tied a career-high in points with 11 and also grabbed six rebounds.
  • Giddens rejected 3 shots, placing him fifth all-time in Ohio State history for total blocked shots in a season. Giddens finished with 50 blocked shots in his freshman campaign, the previous freshman to have 50+ blocked shots in a season was Kosta Koufos in 2008 with 67.