Dec. 19, 2015

Ohio State 74 (6-5), No. 4 Kentucky 67 (9-2)
Dec. 19, 2015
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 16,311



  • This matchup marks the 20th meeting all-time between Ohio State and Kentucky. Ohio State is now 9-11 in the series
  • The last time Ohio State beat Kentucky was a 91-77 victory Mar. 13, 1987 in the NCAA First Round in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Buckeyes are 6-3 all-time when playing Kentucky at a neutral site
  • The last meeting was Mar. 25, 2011 as the No. 1 Buckeyes fell to the No. 11 WIldcats 62-60 in the NCAA East Regional Semifinals in Newark, New Jersey
  • The Buckeyes are 38-34 all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference
  • Ohio State last faced an SEC opponent Dec. 17, 2011 at South Carolina, a 74-66 win for the No. 2 Buckeyes
  • Ohio State has played 407 games all-time against AP Top 25 teams. The Buckeyes are 161-246 (.396) in those games
  • This matchup marks the 17th time the Buckeyes have faced a team ranked 4th in the AP Top 25. Ohio State last faced a No. 4 team in a win over Michigan State Feb. 24, 2013 and is now 6-11 (.353) in those games
  • Ohio State has played 190 games all-time against AP Top 10 Teams. The Buckeyes are 67-123 (.353) in those games
  • The last time Ohio State beat a Top 10 opponent was Mar. 16, 2013 as the No. 10 Buckeyes defeated No. 8 Michigan State 61-58
  • The last time Ohio State beat a Top 5 opponent was Mar. 5, 2013 as the No. 14 Buckeyes defeated No. 2 Indiana 67-58 in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Last time unranked Ohio State team defeated a Top 5 foe on a neutral court was a 47-46 win vs. No. 5 Georgetown Nov. 29, 1981 in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Last time Ohio State defeated a Top 5 non-conference opponent was March 24, 2012. No. 7 Ohio State knocked off No. 2 Syracuse 77-70 in the NCAA East Regional Final in Boston.
  • Last time an unranked Ohio State team defeated a ranked opponent was in the 2015 NCAA Tournament vs. No. 25 VCU, a 75-72 overtime win in the NCAA Second Round in Portland, Oregon 



  • The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 41%-40% and have now recorded a better field-goal percentage than their opponent in 10 of 11 games
  • The Buckeyes are 6-2 when JaQuan Lyle, Marc Loving, Trevor Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop combine to form the starting lineup
  • Ohio State is 6-2 this season when leading at the half
  • Ohio State is now 5-0 this season when they outrebound an opponent. The Buckeyes recorded two more rebounds than the Wildcats (42-40)
  • The Buckeyes recorded seven blocks and have now posted five or more blocks in nine of their last 10 games
  • The nine steals recorded by Ohio State ties the season-high previously reached twice vs. Memphis Nov. 27, 2015 and UConn Dec. 12, 2015
  • Ohio State recorded a season-high nine 3-pointers for the fourth time this season. The Buckeyes last accomplished the feat Nov. 27 vs. Memphis
  • The .500 (9-18) 3-point percentage recorded vs. Kentucky is the season-high for the Buckeyes
  • Jamal Murray scored a game-high 33 points for Kentucky. The last time Ohio State allowed an opponent to score 30 or more points was Jan. 10, 201n when Brandon Paul of Illinois scored 43

Thad Matta

  • Matta is 305-99 (.755) during his career at Ohio State and 407-130 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • Ohio State is 73-14 (.839) under Matta in the month of November
  • Since Matta took over at Ohio State the Buckeyes have faced 113 opponents ranked in the AP Top 25, the third-most games against ranked foes in all of NCAA Division I men’s basketball
  • The Buckeyes are 53-60 in those games, tied for ninth nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-2005
  • This is the second time Matta has faced Kentucky as a head coach, he is now 1-1 against the Wildcats

Marc Loving

  • Loving scored 2 3-pointers, going 2-3, and has recorded a 3-pointer in 10 of 11 games
  • Loving finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one block and a season-high three steals
  • Loving has scored 10 or more points in 10 of 11 games

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Bates-Diop finished with a team-high 14 points and a season-high three steals
  • Bates-Diop has recorded double-digit points in nine of 11 games this season 

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate posted six points, 10 rebounds and one assist
  • Tate has recorded double-digit rebounds three times this season 


  • Harris recorded a career-high six points on a career-high two 3-pointers

 Trevor Thompson

  • Thompson finished with 10 points, five rebounds and a career-high five blocks
  • Thompson has recorded double-digit points in back-to-back games and three games this season
  • Thompson was 2-2 from the free-throw line and leads the Buckeyes with a .842 free-throw percentage (16-19)

JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle recorded 11 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals
  • Lyle has recorded double-digit points in six of 11 games this season