Jan. 25, 2016

Ohio State 66 (13-8, 5-3 B1G), Penn State 46 (11-10, 2-6 B1G)
Jan. 25, 2015
Value City Arena—Columbus, OH
Attendance: 11,542


  • This matchup marks the 46th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Penn State. The Buckeyes lead the series 32-14
  • Ohio State is 17-4 in Columbus against Penn State and has won 11 of the last 12 dating back to Feb. 12, 2000
  • Ohio State is 788-696 all-time against the current alignment of the Big Ten.


  • Ohio State has the most home wins nationally with a 117-13 (.900) record since the 2009-10 season.
  • The Buckeyes are 81-21 (.810) when Big Ten Games are decided by 10 or more points.
  • Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to 46 points. The last time a Big Ten opponent scored 50 or fewer points was Feb. 22, 2014 when Minnesota recorded 46.
  • Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to 20 points in the second half. The last time the Buckeyes held a Big Ten opponent to 20 points or less in a half was Feb. 22, 2014 when Minnesota scored 18 in the second half.
  • This is the third time this season the Buckeyes have held an opponent to 20 points or less in a half. Air Force scored 16 points in the first half on Dec. 8, 2015 and Mercer scored 20 points in the second half on Dec. 22, 2015.
  • Penn State shot 16 percent from three on 4-25 shooting to record a season-low three-point field goal percentage by an opponent this season. The previous low was .167 (3-18) by Mercer on Dec. 22, 2015.
  • Ohio State led Penn State 33-26 at the break. With the Buckeye victory, Ohio State is now 11-3 this season when leading at the half. Ohio State is 254-29 in such games under Matta.
  • Ohio State has outshot its opponents in 18 of 21 games this season, outshooting Penn State 46 percent to 33 percent.
  • The Buckeyes recorded eight blocks and have now posted seven or more blocks 10 times this season.
  • The Buckeyes recorded 35 defensive rebounds and are now 60-1 under Matta when recording 30 or more defensive rebounds.
  • Ohio State outrebounded Penn State 41-31 and is now 10-0 this season when recording a rebound advantage.
  • With the 20 point margin of victory the Buckeyes have won seven games by a point differential of 20 points or more this season


Thad Matta

  • Matta is 312-102 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 414-133 (.758) overall as a head coach.
  • The Buckeyes are 137-63 in Big Ten regular season play under Matta, 84-16 (.867) when facing Big Ten opponents at home.
  • In 16 seasons as a head coach Matta is 163-73 overall vs. the Big Ten including a mark of 159-70 while coaching the Buckeyes.
  • Tonight’s game was Matta’s 200th regular season Big Ten contest and 100th Big Ten home game as coach of the Buckeyes
  • With Matta at the helm Ohio State is 65-32 (.667) in the month of January.
  • Matta is now 20-2 vs. the Nittany Lions during his head coaching career and 9-1 at Value City Arena
  • The 20 wins over Penn State is the most against any opponent for Matta
  • Under the direction of Matta, the Buckeyes are 259-40 all-time vs. unranked opponents, 176-6 vs. unranked opponents at home and 65-3 vs. unranked Big Ten opponents at home
  • Over the 12 years with Thad Matta as the head coach in Columbus, Ohio State is 96-22 (.813) when holding opponents to less than five made threes.
  • The 46 points recorded by Penn State is the fewest against a Matta coached Ohio State team

  • Bates-Diop recorded the second largest point total of his career with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting
  • Bates-Diop’s career-high is 24 set vs. South Carolina Dec. 27, 2015
  • Bates-Diop has recorded double-figure points in 16 games this season and team-high honors five times
  • Bates-Diop added eight rebounds, one assist and a career-high four blocks

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate scored 15 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting
  • Tate added four rebounds, three assists one block and a steal
  • Tate has recorded double-digit points 14 times this season
  • In three games vs. Penn State, Tate is averaging 12.3 points-per-game

A.J. Harris

  • Harris made his first career start in his 21st game as a Buckeye
  • Harris posted four points to go with two rebounds and four assists