Dec. 8, 2015

Ohio State 74 (4-4), Air Force 50 (6-3)
Dec. 8, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,816


  • This is the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Falcons in program history
  • Ohio State is 6-2 all-time against the Federal Service Academies. The last game against a Federal Service Academy was played by the 1966-1967 Buckeye squad in a 61-59 win over Army at St. John Arena
  • Ohio State is 9-7 all-time against the current alignment of the Mountain West Schools. The last matchup was in Columbus vs Wyoming on Nov. 25, 2013 where the No. 7 Buckeyes won 65-50


  • Ohio State is 110-13 (.894) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country
  • The Buckeyes are now 4-1 when , , Trevor Thompson, and Keta Bates-Diop have combined to form the starting lineup
  • The Falcons’ 16 first half points is the lowest allowed by the Buckeyes all season. The last team to be held under 20 points in a half by the Buckeyes was Wright State (18) in a 100-55 loss on Dec. 27, 2014
  • The Buckeyes have recorded at least five blocks in seven straight games
  • The 50 total points by Air Force is the lowest allowed all season by the Buckeyes
  • Ohio State shot 60% (21-35) from two-point range on the night
  • Holding Air Force to 4 three-pointers on the night, Ohio State is now 93-21 (.816) when holding their opponents to less than five made three-point shots
  • The Buckeyes have outshot their opponent in every game this season, resulting in a 4-4 record. Ohio State outshot Air Force 47% (27-57) to 33% (17-51)

Thad Matta                                                                       

  • Thad Matta has coached 401 career games at Ohio State, placing him third all-time behind Harold G. Olsen (456) and Fred Taylor (455). His 303 victories are the most all-time by an Ohio State head coach.
  • As the head coach of the Buckeyes. Matta is 303-98 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 405-129 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • The Buckeyes have lost just four times to an unranked non-conference opponent during Matta’s 12 years at Ohio State. Of those four losses, three have come this season.
  • Matta teams have 149 wins vs. non-conference opponents over his 12 years in Columbus
  • Ohio State is 71-13 (.869) under Matta in the month of December
  • Against unranked opponents at home, Matta teams are 169-6, including a 109-3 record vs. unranked non-conference opponents

  • Loving had a team-high in points and rebounds with his second consecutive double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. This is Loving’s third career double-double
  • Loving has scored in double figures every game this season
  • Loving leads the team with 17 three-pointers on the year and has recorded a three-pointer in every competition this season


  • Bates-Diop scored 8 points and recorded 3 rebounds
  • Bates-Diop did not make a trip to the free-throw line for the first time this season

  • Lyle scored 12 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists
  • Lyle reached double figures for the fifth time this season
  • Lyle is averaging 6.0 assists per game this season, placing him fifth in the Big Ten

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate scored 11 points, his fifth double figure game this season to go along with 4 rebounds
  • Tate is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game which is good for fifth in the Big Ten this season

Trevor Thompson

  • Thompson put up 6 points and 4 rebounds
  • Thompson led the team with 4 blocks on the night

A.J. Harris

  • Harris led the team in assists for the first time this season with a total of 5 assists, his career high

David Bell

  • Bell scored a career-high 7 points in 10 minutes of play making his first career field goal as a Buckeye