Ohio State 71 (15-10, 7-5 B1G), Northwestern 63 (16-9, 4-8 B1G)
Feb. 9, 2016
Value City Arena—Columbus, Ohio
• This was the 162nd meeting all time between the Buckeyes and the Wildcats. Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 117-45.
• The Buckeyes have won 12 of the last 13 games vs. the Wildcats and 23 of the last 24 overall.
• Ohio State is 68-14 in Columbus against Northwestern, winning the last 31 games at St. John and Value City Arenas. The last Wildcat victory in Columbus came Feb. 24, 1977.
• Ohio State is 790-698 all-time against the current alignment of the Big Ten.
• In 2015-16, Ohio State swept the state of Illinois 5-0 with home and away sweeps of Illinois and Northwestern and a non-conference win over Northern Illinois.
• This is the fourth time in the Matta era the Buckeyes have won all four meetings (including neutral site games) with the Big Ten representatives from Illinois (2008, 2010, 2011, 2016). This is the second time the four wins came during regular season league play (2008, 2016).
• In 12 seasons at Ohio State, Matta has guided the Buckeyes to a 36-6 record vs. Illinois (17-5) and Northwestern (19-1). The Buckeyes have won the last 18 games (NW-12, Illinois-6) vs. Illinois Big Ten teams.
• The Buckeyes were outrebounded (38-32) for the 11th time this season, but won in spite of the rebound disadvantage for the first time all season.
• Ohio State is 15-0 on the season when leading with 5:00 to go in the game and 293-14 under Thad Matta in that situation.
• Ohio State is 277-17 when having a 10+ point lead in the game and is 22-70 when an opponent holds a 10+ point lead in the game under Thad Matta.
• This is only the 12th game where both teams have held a 10+ point lead under Thad Matta. Ohio State is 8-4 in those games.
• Ohio State trailed at the half for the 10 time this season. The Buckeyes are 4-6 when trailing at half.
• Ohio State only gave up two steals to Northwestern. Ohio State is 166-36 under Thad Matta when opponents are held fewer than five thefts.
• Ohio State had all five starters score in double-figures (Tate, Loving, Lyle, Thompson, Bates-Diop). The last time all five starters reached double digits was vs. Rutgers (1/13/16) in Columbus when Tate, Loving, Lyle, Thompson and Bates-Diop also accomplished the feat.
• Ohio State recorded a season-low five turnovers. This is the lowest number of turnovers for a Buckeye team vs. a BIG opponent since Indiana on Jan. 1, 2015 (5).
• The Buckeyes overcame a 10-pt. deficit to win. The previous 10-pt. deficit overcome was against Nebraska on March 14, 2014.
• Ohio State made each of its last 16 free throws, shooting its second highest free throw percentage for the year going 19-23 (.826).
• Matta won his 200th Division 1 home game as head coach of the Buckeyes. 200 home wins ties Memphis for the most home wins in the country since 2005. Matta is 85-17 against BIG opponents at home and 115-6 against non-conference opponents at home.
• Matta is 314-104 during his career at Ohio State and 416-135 overall as a head coach.
• Matta is 19-1 vs Northwestern and has yet to lose at home (9-0).
• Ohio State is 66-3 vs. unranked BIG opponents at home under Matta.
• The Buckeyes are 139-65 in Big Ten regular season play under Matta.
• The 139 career league wins places Matta alone at 14th all-time in Big Ten regular-season victories.
• In 16 seasons as a head coach Matta is 165-75 overall vs. the Big Ten including a mark of 161-72 while coaching the Buckeyes.
• With Matta at the helm Ohio State is 54-28 in the month of February.
• Loving scored 15 points and dished out a team-high five assists.
• Loving’s five assists ties his career-high in a game.
• Loving scored in double-figures for the 16th time this season.
• Tate scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
• Tate has recorded a rebound in every game this season.
• Lyle scored a team-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds.
• Lyle grabbed his 100th rebound as a Buckeye.
• Thompson scored 12 points and recorded nine rebounds.
• Thompson tied his season-high in minutes with 29.
• Bates-Diop scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.