Dec. 5, 2015

Ohio State 89 (3-4), Virginia Military Institute 62 (3-4)
Dec. 5, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 12,132


  • This matchup marks the fourth meeting all-time between Ohio State and the Virginia Military Institute. Ohio State is now 4-0 in the series
  • All four meetings between the two teams have come under head coach Thad Matta and have been played in Columbus. The last meeting saw the nationally ranked No. 3 Buckeyes win 107-74 on Nov. 23, 2011
  • Ohio State is 13-1 all-time vs. the Southern Conference


  • Ohio State is 110-13 (.894) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country
  • The Buckeyes are now 3-1 when JaQuan Lyle, Marc Loving, Trevor Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate and Keta Bates-Diop have combined to form the starting lineup
  • Ohio State led 42-31 at halftime. The Buckeyes are now 3-2 when leading at halftime this season
  • OSU had four different players score in double figures for the third time this season (Loving, Tate, Thompson and Bates-Diop)
  • The Buckeyes have recorded at least five blocks in six straight games
  • The Buckeyes have outshot their opponent in every game this season. Ohio State outshot VMI 47.8% (33-69) to 35.1% (20-57)
  • The nine turnovers committed by Ohio State is the fewest of the season. The previous low was 13 vs. UT-Arlington Nov. 20, 2105 and 13 vs. Virginia Dec. 1, 2015
  • The 12 fouls committed by Ohio State ties the season low previously recorded vs. Mount St. Mary’s Nov. 15, 2015
  • The Buckeyes scored a season-high 89 points. The previous high was 82 vs. Grambling State Nov. 17, 2015

Thad Matta

  • This is Matta’s 400th career game as the head coach of the Buckeyes. Matta is 302-98 (.755) during his career at Ohio State and 404-129 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • In his last 100 games coaching the Buckeyes, Matta is 70-30 (.700)
  • 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 147 wins vs. non-conference opponents over his 12 years in Columbus
  • Ohio State is 70-13 (.843) under Matta in the month of December
  • Against unranked opponents at home, Matta teams are 168-6, including a 108-3 record vs. unranked non-conference opponents

Marc Loving

  • Loving recorded his second career double-double, scoring 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds
  • Loving has scored in double figures every game this season
  • Loving is averaging 17.0 points per game this season, placing him sixth in the Big Ten
  • Loving leads the team with 16 three-pointers on the year

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Bates-Diop recorded 12 points and has scored in double figures every game this season
  • Bates-Diop was 3-3 from the line and is now 22-24 on the season

JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle recorded a team-high 7 assists to go along with 8 points and 6 rebounds
  • Lyle has lead the team in assists every game this season
  • Lyle is averaging 5.8 assists per game this season, placing him fifth in the Big Ten


  • Tate scored a team-high 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds
  • Tate leads the team in field goal percentage this season, shooting 53.3 percent on the year
  • Tate is averaging 7.7 rebounds per game which is good for fifth in the Big Ten this season

Trevor Thompson

  • Thompson recorded his fourth start of the season, his first since the Buckeyes loss to UT-Arlington on Nov. 20
  • Thompson recorded the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds