Dec. 30, 2015

Ohio State 78 (9-5), Minnesota 63 (6-7)
Dec. 30, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,701


  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Golden Gophers 84-56. The last matchup was last March in the Big Ten Tournament with a 79-73 Ohio State victory
  • Ohio State is 51-18 in Columbus against Minnesota, winning the last seven straight meetings at home. Ohio State has not lost to Minnesota at home since a 60-56 overtime defeat on Jan. 19, 2005, Thad Matta’s first season as head coach
  • This is the sole meeting between Ohio State and Minnesota this season
  • Ohio State is 784-693 all-time against the current alignment of the Big Ten in 104 seasons


  • Ohio State is 114-13 (.897) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country
  • The Buckeyes are now 37-20 when the first conference game of the year is at home
  • Ohio State is 61-3 against unranked conference opponents at home under Matta
  • The Buckeyes led 37-34 at the half and are now 9-2 when leading at the half
  • Ohio State outrebounded the Golden Gophers 43-35, 43 being the most total rebounds Ohio State has recorded against Minnesota with Thad Matta as head coach.
  • The Buckeyes are 7-0 on the season when outrebounding their opponents
  • The Buckeyes dished out a season-high 24 assists, which is the most by a Thad Matta-coached Buckeye team against Minnesota
  • Ohio State shot 51 percent from the field (29-57), marking only the fourth game this season the Buckeyes have shot better than 50 percent. The last game the Buckeyes shot 50 percent or better came in a loss to Virginia on Dec. 1, 2015
  • The Buckeyes had 24 assists on 29 made field goals
  • The Buckeyes’ field goal percentage (51 percent) is the third highest field goal percentage by the Buckeyes at home against Minnesota during Thad Matta’s tenure. The highest was 63 percent when the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers 85-63 on Jan. 1, 2010
  • Ohio State point guards combined for 17 assists and only gave up 3 turnovers

Thad Matta                                                                         

  • Matta is 308-99 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 410-130 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • The Buckeyes are 133-60 in Big Ten regular season play under Matta, 81-16 (.833) at home
  • Matta is 9-3 in conference openers as the Ohio State head coach, 10-1 in conference home openers
  • Matta is 156-67 against the Big Ten when coaching the Buckeyes
  • Ohio State is 76-14 (.869) under Matta in the month of December
  • Ohio State is 63-0 when handing out 20 or more assists
  • The Buckeyes are now 52-8 when an opponent fails to block a shot

  • Loving had a team-high 20 points along with a team-high six rebounds
  • Loving scored his 200th point this season and now has 201 on the year
  • Loving has scored in double figures in 11 of 14 games this season

  • Bates-Diop scored 13 points and recorded 6 rebounds
  • Bates-Diop has scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games this season

  • Lyle had a season/career high 13 assists
  • Lyle’s 13 assists are the second highest total by a freshman all-time in a single game. The record holder is Aaron Craft with 15 assists against George Mason on March 20, 2011.
  • Lyle’s 13 assists are also good for a tie for 5th most in Ohio State single-game history with Shannon Scott holding the record against Sacred heart with 16 (Nov. 23, 2014)

  Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate scored 10 points along with three rebounds and two assists, marking his ninth game in double-figure scoring this season

Trevor Thompson

  • Thompson put up six points and six rebounds

Mickey Mitchell

  • Mitchell tied a career-high in points (three) and made a career-high four rebounds

Kam Williams

  • Williams had seven points and was 1-2 from three-point range
  • Williams had five rebounds, tying a career-high previously set against Grambling on Nov. 17, 2015
  • Williams has hit a three pointer in 10 of 14 games this season