Jan. 6, 2016

Ohio State 65 (11-5, 3-0 B1G), Northwestern 56 (13-3, 1-2 B1G)
Jan. 6, 2015
Welsh-Ryan Arena – Evanston, Illinois
Attendance: 7,439


  • This matchup marks the 161st meeting all-time between Ohio State and Northwestern. Ohio State is now 116-45 in the series.
  • Ohio State is 48-31 all-time against Northwestern in Evanston and has won the last four following a 69-72 loss Feb. 18, 2009
  • The Buckeyes have won the last 11 games vs. the Wildcats and 22 of the last 23
  • The last meeting was Jan. 22, 2015 as D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Buckeyes past Northwestern 69-67
  • The two teams will meet once more this season Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Columbus
  • Ohio State is 786-693 all-time against the current alignment of the Big Ten
  • Ohio State is 37-63 (.364) all-time in Big Ten away openers
  • This marks Ohio State’s first true road win of the season. The Buckeyes other win away from Columbus came Dec. 19 as the Buckeyes defeated No. 4 Kentucky 74-67 in Brooklyn


  • This is the first time Ohio State has won a game after trailing at halftime this season. The Buckeyes trailed 26-27 at the break and are now 1-3 when down at the half this season. Under the direction of Thad Matta the Buckeyes are 47-65 in such games.
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 45 pct. – 31 pct. and have now recorded a better field-goal percentage than their opponent in 15 of 16 games.
  • In the Matta era, the Buckeyes have outshot foes 301 times and are 273-28 in those games (.906)
  • Ohio State recorded six blocks and has now recorded five or more blocks in 13 of 16 games this season
  • The Buckeyes outscored the Wildcats 27-19 in bench points and are now 7-1 this season when doing so. Overall, Ohio State’s bench has outscored opponents’ 299-274
  • Northwestern recorded seven blocks against Ohio State, the first team to collect a block vs. the Buckeyes in five games
  • Aaron Falzon recorded the first block of the game four minutes and 20 seconds into the first half to become the first player to collect a block against the Buckeyes in the 171 minutes and 51 seconds since Skal Labissiere of Kentucky did so with 12:29 left in the second half of Ohio State’s 74-67 win over the No. 4 Wildcats Dec. 19
  • When scoring between 60-69 points against Northwestern the Buckeyes are 26-8. Ohio State is 84-20 overall when scoring 60+ vs. Northwestern
  • Ohio State averages 61.8 points-per-game vs. Northwestern, 67.2 in wins, 59.4 in Evanston and 64.5 in away wins
  • The 44 rebounds recorded by Ohio State ties the most ever recorded in a game at Northwestern under Matta

Thad Matta                                                                                    

  • Matta is 310-99 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 412-130 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • The Buckeyes are 135-60 in Big Ten regular season play under Matta, 54-44 (.551) on the road
  • In 16 seasons as a head coach Matta is 161-70 overall vs. the Big Ten including a mark of 158-67 while coaching the Buckeyes
  • With Matta at the helm Ohio State is 63-29 (.685) in the month of January
  • Matta is 18-1 vs. Northwestern and 9-1 in Evanston
  • Matta is 8-4 in Big Ten road openers with the last loss coming at Wisconsin Dec. 31, 2009 as the No. 15 Buckeyes fell 45-65 to the No. 23 Badgers
  • Under the direction of Matta, Ohio State is 257-39 vs. unranked opponents
  • In the Matta era Ohio State has held 76 opponents to 35 pct. shooting or less and is now 74-2 in those games
  • This was the 210th time an Ohio State opponent has recorded less than 10 free throws under Matta. The Buckeyes are 181-29 in those games

Marc Loving

  • Loving scored 10 points to go with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal
  • Loving has scored in double figures in 13 of 16 games this season

Trevor Thompson

  • Thompson recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds

Kam Williams

  • Williams recorded the third highest point total of his career with 21 points on 8-13 shooting to go along with two rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals
  • Williams scored a career-high five 3-pointers on nine attempts. Williams’ previous high was four vs. High Point Dec. 10, 2014

JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle recorded seven points, seven assists and five rebounds
  • Lyle has now recorded game-high honors in assists eight times