Dec. 16, 2015

Ohio State 67 (5-5), NIU 54 (7-2)
Dec. 16, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,880



  • This matchup marks the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and NIU. Ohio State is now 2-0 in the series
  • The last meeting was Dec. 8, 1969 as the No. 18 Buckeyes defeated the Huskies 106-99
  • The Buckeyes are 54-13 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference



  • Ohio State is 111-13 (.895) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Huskies 39% – 27% and has now recorded a better field-goal percentage than their opponent in nine of 10 games
  • The Buckeyes are 5-2 when JaQuan Lyle, Marc Loving, Trevor Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop combine to form the starting lineup
  • Ohio State is 5-2 this season when leading at the half. The Buckeyes led the Huskies 33-31 at the break
  • Ohio State is now 4-0 this season when they outrebound an opponent. Ohio State recorded eight more rebounds than NIU (44-36)
  • The Buckeyes recorded seven blocks and have now posted five or more blocks in eight of their last nine games
  • Ohio State held the Huskies to a .268 field-goal percentage, the lowest they’ve held an opponent this season
  • The last time an opponent shot below 30% Rutgers went 20-69 (.290) on Feb. 8, 2015
  • Three different players recorded 10 or more points for Ohio State. Jae’Sean Tate had 17, Keita Bates-Diop posted 14 and Trevor Thompson had 10.
  • Ohio State tied the team-high in 3-point field-goal percentage this season going 8-20 (40%). The Buckeyes last shot 40% (6-15) from three vs. Mount St. Mary’s Nov. 15, 2015

Thad Matta

  • The Buckeyes have lost just five times to an unranked non-conference opponent during Matta’s 12 years at Ohio State. Of those five, four have come this season.
  • Matta is 304-99 (.754) during his career at Ohio State and 406-130 (.757) overall as a head coach
  • Matta teams have 150 wins vs. non-conference opponents over his 12 years in Columbus
  • Against unranked opponents at home, Matta teams are 170-6, including a 110-3 record vs. unranked non-conference opponents
  • Ohio State is 72-14 (.837) under Matta in the month of December
  • This is the first time Matta has faced NIU as a head coach
  • With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 71-2 when holding their opponent below 35 percent shooting
  • Matta opponents have been called for 20 or more fouls in 121 games. With the 25 fouls committed by NIU tonight, Ohio State improved to 104-17 in those games

Marc Loving

  • Loving scored one 3-pointer, going 1-6, and has now recorded a 3-pointer in nine of 10 games


Keita Bates-Diop

  • Bates-Diop recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bates-Diop recorded his first double-double Nov. 15, 2015 vs. Mount St. Mary’s
  • Bates-Diop leads the Buckeyes in free-throw percentage this season. After going 3-6 tonight he is 27-32 (.844) on the season.
  • Bates-Diop finished with 14 points and has recorded double-digit points in eight of 10 games this season
  • Bates-Diop was 3-4 from three and tied his season-high with three 3-pointers


Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate posted 17 points and has now recorded 10 or more points seven times this season
  • Tate’s 17 points marks the third time this season he’s recorded the game-high total
  • Tate recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tate’s last double-double came Nov. 24, 2015 vs. Louisiana Tech


Trevor Thompson

  • Thompson recorded 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks
  • Thompson finished in double-digits for the second time this season and made a season-high six free-throws