December 21, 2016

UNC Asheville Up Next Before Holidays for Buckeyes


Dec. 21, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3) vs. UNC Asheville Bulldogs (8-4)

Date: Dec. 22, 2016
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 9:01 p.m. (ET)
Television: ESPN2
Talent: Mark Neely (Play-By-Play)
Mark Adams (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (60 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 132/XM 195
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five, Plus One
• Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points. Loving scored seven points vs. Youngstown State the last time out. He is the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye. His point total of 1,086 is 44th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list. Mel Nowell is 43rd with 1,100.
• Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten regular season games (11-7 in 2016) over the last 11 seasons, the longest streak in school history and the longest streak among Big Ten schools over Thad Matta’s 12-year tenure with the Buckeyes. Wisconsin (12-6 in conference play last year) has a streak of 10-consecutive seasons with 10+ victories in regular season league play.
• Thad Matta is No. 13 all-time in career Big Ten regular-season victories … Matta owns 143 career league triumphs. He is tied with Harold “Bud” Foster (WIS 1935-59) who also won 143 league encounters. The No. 12 spot is held by former Ohio State coach Harold Olsen (1923-46). He won 154 league games over his tenure.
JaQuan Lyle reached 200 career boards as a Buckeye with five vs. Youngstown State. Jae’Sean Tate reached 800 points for his career during a 15-point effort the last time out vs. Youngstown State. Trevor Thompson eclipsed 500 points for his career, which includes 353 scored at Ohio State, with 11 vs. YSU. He is in his second year at Ohio State after a freshman season with Virginia Tech (2013-14).
• Ohio State is 233-76 vs Ohio teams all-time and 74-21 vs. Division I teams from the state of Ohio after the 77-40 wn vs. Youngstown State last Tuesday. The Buckeyes had last faced an in-state rival March 15, 2016. Ohio State downed Akron 72-63 in overtime at Value City Arena. That game was part of the 2016 National Invitation Tournament.
• Since Thad Matta took over the Ohio State program the Buckeyes have competed against 122 opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the third-most games against ranked foes in all of NCAA Division I men’s basketball. The Buckeyes are 54-68 in those games with a winning percentage of .443. That win total ranks No. 11 nationally for victories vs. ranked opponents since 2004-05.

Buckeyes Balanced on Offense
Through 12 games, Ohio State has six players contributing 10 or more points a game. Junior Jae’Sean Tate leads the way with 14.1 ppg. He is followed by senior Marc Loving (11.8), sophomore JaQuan Lyle (10.2), junior Kam Williams (11.0), junior Trevor Thompson (10.4) and junior Keita Bates-Diop, who is returning from injury but is helping with 10.6 ppg. to date. Thompson’s 9.1 rebounds a game leads the team.

Thompson’s Effort on the Glass vs. UConn One of Best in Matta Era
Since Thad Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, there have been eight games in which a Buckeye recorded 17 or more rebounds. Trevor Thompson recorded a career-best with 17 boards last time out vs. Connecticut. He also tallied a career-high 17 points in the 64-60 win last Saturday in Columbus. Both Greg Oden (vs. Purdue, 3/10/07) and Jared Sullinger (vs. South Carolina Dec. 18, 2010) recorded 19-rebound games. Sullinger also had a pair of games with 18 boards (both vs. Northwestern 3/11/11, 2/29/12). Evan Turner recorded two games with 17 caroms (vs. Alcorn State 11/9/09; and James Madison 11/12/09). Turner’s effort vs. Alcorn State was part of triple-double in which he scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Terence Dials also grabbed 17 boards in a game vs. Illinois (12/12/06).

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Field goals made Jae’Sean Tate (66/6th)
FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.550/4th)
Offensive rebounds Jae’Sean Tate (27/9th)
Defensive rebounds Trevor Thompson (85/2nd)
Total rebounds Trevor Thompson (109/4th)
Assists JaQuan Lyle (71/1st)
Steals Kam Williams (15/9th)
Blocked shots Trevor Thompson (23/5th)
2-point FG percentage Jae’Sean Tate (.593/2nd)

Ohio State vs. UNC Asheville Series
Ohio State is 5-0 vs. the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the all-time series. The teams first met Dec. 4, 1993 at St. John Arena in Columbus. The Buckeyes prevailed 93-59. The last four games have been played at Value City Arena starting with an 84-66 win for Ohio State in the 2008 National Invitation Tournament March 18, 2008. The Bulldogs returned to Columbus Dec. 22, 2008 and fell to the No. 15 Buckeyes 83-59. The series resumed Dec. 21, 2010 with a 96-49 win by the No. 2 Buckeyes. The most recent meeting was Dec. 15, 2012, a 90-72 win for the No. 7 Buckeyes. Ohio State is 14-0 against current members of the Big South Conference. Ohio State last faced a foe from the Big South Dec. 10, 2014, a 97-43 win for the No. 12 Buckeyes in Columbus.

Campbell…………………………… 1-0
Charleston Southern
Coastal Carolina………………… 1-0
Gardner Webb……………………. 1-0
High Point………………………….. 1-0
Presbyterian College………….. 2-0
Radford…………………………….. 2-0
UNC-Asheville……………………. 5-0
Winthrop……………………………. 1-0
Totals…………………………. 14-0

Scouting the Bulldogs
UNC Asheville enters the game with the Buckeyes at 8-3 (as of 12/19) and winners in their last five games. The team is led offensively by junior guard Ahmad Thomas’s 16.8 points per game. Freshman MaCio Teague is next at 13.6 ppg. Thomas is the squad’s leading rebounder with 4.7 caroms a contest.

Rookie Starters in Matta Era
Thad Matta has started seven freshmen in their first game at Ohio State during his tenure (2005-present). Four of those rookies did so from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Rookie Micah Potter, a freshman center from Mentor, Ohio, started his first game as a Buckeye at Navy Nov. 14. The two most recent freshman starters were Jared Sullinger at center in 2010-11 and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15. David Lighty and Mike Conley Jr. were the first freshmen starters in the Matta era in 2006. Jon Diebler and Kosta Koufos got the starting nod in 2007-08.

Noting the Youngstown State Game
• The victory brought Ohio State’s record to 4-0 all-time against Youngstown State.
• The Buckeyes are now 25-1 all-time against the teams that currently make up the Horizon League.
• Ohio State set a season low for points allowed in a half holding Youngstown State to 14 points in the first half of the contest.
• The Buckeyes allowed a season-low 21 percent shooting from the field in the contest.
• Ohio State has held all 12 opponents to under 50 percent shooting this season.
• The Buckeyes are 9-2 on the season when leading with five minutes left to play.
• Ohio State is now 6-2 this season in games in which they score 70 or more points.
• The Buckeyes recorded a season high nine blocks in the game.
• The Buckeyes scored 48 points in the paint in the contest.
• The Buckeyes are 267-31 when leading at half under Matta and 8-2 this season.
• Matta coached teams are 150-10 when shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 6-1 this season.
• Matta-coached teams are now 289-31 all-time when shooting better than their opponents, and 7-2 this season.
• With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 79-16 (.831) in the Month of December.
• Matta is now 17-1 against teams from Ohio while at Ohio State. Ohio State is 233-76 all-time vs. teams from the state of Ohio
• Trevor Thompson recorded his third double-double of the season, putting up 11 points and 15 rebounds while adding three blocks.
• He now has six career double-doubles.
Kam Williams racked up 15 points, two rebounds and a steal in the contest.
• He now has six double-figure scoring efforts on the season
Jae’Sean Tate tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the contest.
• He has now scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season.
Keita Bates-Diop totaled 15 points, three rebounds, three blocks and an assist on the night.
• He has scored in double figures in three of four games since returning from injury.
JaQuan Lyle dished out 10 assists to go with two points, five rebounds and a steal.
• He has now recorded two double figure assist totals on the season.

For more on the Buckeyes click on the Ohio State Notes link above.