Jan. 3, 2016

Ohio State 75 (10-5, 2-0 B1G), Illinois 73 (8-7, 0-2 B1G)
Jan. 3, 2015
Value City Arena — Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,798


  • This matchup marks the 171st meeting all-time between Ohio State and Illinois. Ohio State is now 70-101 in the series.
  • Ohio State is 45-40 all-time against Illinois in Columbus and has won the last six following a 68-70 loss Feb. 22, 2009
  • The Buckeyes have won the last five games vs. the Illini and 11 of the last 13
  • The last meeting was Jan. 3, 2015 as D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points to lead the No. 20 Buckeyes past Illinois 77-61
  • The two teams will meet once more this season Thursday, Jan. 28 at Illinois
  • Ohio State is 785-693 all-time against the current alignment of the Big Ten
  • Illinois tied VMI for most 3-point field goals made by an opponent this season with 12 and set a season-high in attempts with 32


  • Ohio State is 115-13 (.898) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country
  • The Buckeyes led 30-26 at the break and are now 10-2 when leading at the half this season. Under the direction of Thad Matta the Buckeyes are 253-28 in such games.
  • Ohio State outrebounded the Illini 42-33 and is now 8-0 on the season when outrebounding their opponent. The Buckeyes are 195-27 when doing so under Matta
  • The 42 rebounds recorded by the Buckeyes marks the most at home against Illinois in the Matta era
  • The Buckeyes were 28-39 from the free-throw line, the most made free throws against a Big Ten opponent since they recorded 26 (34) vs. Purdue Feb. 7, 2012
  • The free throws made and attempted marks a season-high and the most against Illinois under the direction of Matta
  • Ohio State is 37-0 when getting to the line 30+ times under Matta and 60-3 when making at least 20 free throws
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Illini 42 pct. — 40 pct. and have now recorded a better field-goal percentage than their opponent in 14 of 15 games.
  • In the Matta era, the Buckeyes have outshot foes 300 times and are 272-28 in those games (.906)
  • The Buckeyes tied their season high for blocked shots with nine. Ohio State previously recorded nine blocks vs. South Carolina State Dec. 12, 2015
  • Ohio State has now recorded five or more blocks in 12 of 15 games and seven or more in 9 of 15 this season
  • Ohio State had four players record double-digit points. Marc Loving (27), JaQuan Lyle (14), Keita Bates-Diop (11) and Kam Williams (10)
  • The Buckeyes outscored the Illini 17-13 in bench points and are now 6-1 this season when doing so
  • Illinois became the fourth consecutive opponent to fail to record a block against the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes have not had a shot rejected in the 167 minutes and 31 seconds since Skal Labissiere of Kentucky did so with 12:29 left in the second half of Ohio State’s 74-67 win over the No. 4 Wildcats Dec. 19

Thad Matta                                                                                    

  • Matta is 309-99 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 411-130 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • The Buckeyes are 134-60 in Big Ten regular season play under Matta, 81-16 (.833) at home
  • Ohio State is 157-67 overall against the Big Ten under Matta
  • Ohio State is 61-3 against unranked conference opponents at home under Matta
  • With Matta at the helm Ohio State is 62-29 (.677) in the month of January
  • Matta is 16-5 vs. Illinois going 10-1 in Columbus

Marc Loving

  • Loving recorded a career-high 27 points on 5-8 shooting while also recording a career-high 14 free throws on 19 attempts
  • The last time an Ohio State player recorded 10 or more free throws LaQuinton Ross went 11-13 at Penn State Feb. 27, 2014
  • Loving’s previous high was 25 points and seven free throws on 10 attempts vs. Louisiana Tech Nov. 24, 2015
  • Loving has scored in double figures in 12 of 15 games this season
  • Loving was 3-3 from three to go with seven rebounds and one rebound

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Bates-Diop scored 11 points on 4-12 shooting and recorded 9 rebounds
  • Bates-Diop has scored in double figures in 13 of 15 games this season

JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle recorded 14 points, four rebounds and five assists all in the second half