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#10 Buckeyes Men’s Basketball hosts Kent State at historic St. John Arena


St. John Arena from above the court (courtesy OSU Athletics)

Ohio State Men’s Basketball Gameday Nov. 25, 2019
Opponent Kent State (5-0)
Site St. John Arena (13,276)
Time 6:30 p.m. ET
Television BTN | BTN Plus
Talent Chris Vosters (Play-By-Play)
Stephen Bardo (Expert Analysis)

Starting Five

  • The Buckeyes are 1,153-415 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.735) … against Ohio teams, Ohio State is 236-79 (.749) all-time, regardless of location. The Buckeyes face a pair of intrastate foes this season. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Nov. 6 at Value City Arena (64-56) and plays Kent State Monday at St. John Arena (6:30 p.m./BTN). Ohio State is 178-30 vs. Ohio teams in Columbus (.856).
  • Three current Buckeyes were named Mr. Basketball in their respective states. Junior Kaleb Wesson was named Ohio Mr. Basketball as a senior at Westerville South High School … freshman D.J. Carton was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa in 2019 as a senior at Bettendorf High School and freshman E.J. Liddell was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in both 2018 and 2019 after leading Belleville High School to back-to-back state titles.
  • Andre and Kaleb Wesson are one of 16 sets of brothers playing in NCAA Division I this season and one of three sets in the Big Ten. Iowa (McCaffery) and Maryland (Mitchell) also have siblings on the roster.
  • Ohio State has 58 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school (research credit: Duke). Kaleb Wesson is the next Buckeye on schedule to reach the milestone with 865 career points over his career.
  • There were a couple support staff changes during the offseason for the Buckeyes with the departure of Scoonie Penn, director of player development, and Jeff Deits, men’s basketball athletic trainer. Both Penn and Deits left for the National Basketball Association’s Memphis Grizzlies. Penn accepted an assistant coach position and Deits will be the head athletic trainer. Terence Dials will be the director of professional development in place of Penn. Brad Watson is the new athletic trainer for men’s basketball. His first game was the Purdue Fort Wayne contest last Friday.

The Kent State Series
Ohio State is 5-0 in the all-time series with the Golden Flashes, which dates back to the 1981-82 season when Kent State fell 74-54 at St. John Arena in the first meeting. All five meetings have been in Columbus, with four contest at St. John Arena, site of the matchup this year. The last time the schools tipped off against one another was Nov. 12, 2006 in the BCA Classic at Value City Arena, an 81-67 win for the then No. 7 Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes vs. The MAC
Ohio State is 57-13 all-time vs. current members of the Mid-American Conference, which includes a 5-0 record vs. Kent State. Ohio State last played a MAC school Dec. 30, 2017 vs. Miami (Ohio) at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes won that game 72-59. Ohio State has played each MAC school at least twice with the exception of Buffalo, who has yet to face the Buckeyes.

Throwback Game at St. John Arena
Ohio State plays Kent State as part of the 2019 Ohio State Classic at historic St. John Arena Nov. 25.

A few notes on the venue:

  • Ohio State first played at St. John Arena during the 1956-57 season. The last season the Buckeyes called SJA their home was 1997-98. Ohio State began playing at its current home, Value City Arena, in 1998-99.
  • Ohio State has an overall record of 432-151 (.741) at SJA, which includes a 6-0 record in games played at SJA since the end of the 1998 season.
  • The Buckeyes had last played at SJA in 2010, an 85-60 win over Western Carolina (12/12/2010).
  • The facility is named after former Ohio State director of athletics and men’s basketball coach L.W. St. John.
  • The first game played at SJA was against Butler (12/1/1956), a 98-82 win for the Buckeyes.
  • Capacity is 13,276. The CSU game was a sellout.
  • Since the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams moved to Value City Arena, St. John has been the competition home for the men’s and women’s volleyball, wrestling, fencing and men’s and women’s gymnastics teams. Those team moved out of SJA and into the Covelli Center on Ohio State’s campus following the 2018-19 season.
  • SJA also is filled to capacity prior to each home football game during “Skull Session” where the Ohio State Marching Band practices and briefly welcomes the football Buckeyes on their way to Ohio Stadium.
  • Between 1960 and 1964, the Buckeyes won 50-consecutive games on their home floor.

Noting Ohio State vs. Ohio teams

  • Ohio State improved its record to 236-79 versus teams from Ohio with the 64-56 win over Cincinnati Nov. 6 in Columbus.
  • Chris Holtmann has a 10-5 career record versus teams from Ohio.
  • Ohio State is 28-1 vs. Ohio teams since the 1995-96 season. The loss was to Dayton in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes fell 60-59 (3/20/2014) to the No. 22 Flyers.
  • Ohio State is 178-30 in Columbus vs. Ohio teams, 50-41 in road games and 8-8 at neutral sites all-time.
  • The Buckeyes played three teams from the state of Ohio last year. In addition to the road game at Cincinnati, Ohio State hosted Cleveland State Nov. 23 and Youngstown State Dec. 18 in Columbus.

Kaleb Wesson Earns Big Ten Honor
Kaleb Wesson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Nov. 18. Wesson helped the Buckeyes to a 76-51 win over No. 10 Villanova in Columbus with 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal. The double-double was his second of the season and eighth of his career. The conference honor was his second as a Buckeye.





Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson, recent Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Kaleb Wesson, a junior center on the No. 10 Ohio State men’s basketball team, has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced last Monday, November 18.

Wesson helped the Buckeyes to a 76-51 win over No. 10 Villanova last Wednesday in Columbus with 10 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal.

Kaleb Wesson

The double double was his second of the season and eighth of his career.

The Buckeyes moved into the Top 10 of the Associated Press Poll earlier Monday. The Buckeyes were last ranked among the Top 10 in February of 2018.

Overall, Ohio State is 366-77 when ranked among the Top 10.




Ohio State Men’s Basketball announces 2020-21 Recruiting Class

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Holtmann, now in his third year as the head coach of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, announced Friday the addition of two student-athletes to the program’s roster for the 2020-21 season.

Eugene Brown III, a 6-6, 185-pound guard from Southwest Dekalb (Georgia) High School, and Zed Key, a 6-8, 230-pound forward from Long Island (New York) Lutheran High School, signed NCAA National Letters of Intent this week.

Brown III was the first player from the class of 2020 to commit. Brown, a native of Decatur, Georgia, averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists over his first three years of his high school career, despite a leg injury sidelining him for most of his junior season. In five games as a junior he averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

“We are really excited about Eugene,” Holtmann said. “He is a gifted perimeter player who has developed a great skill set thanks to many hours in the gym as a coach’s son. He plays the game with the energy and competitiveness we want in our student-athletes. Eugene’s athleticism and length will give him an ability to play multiple positions and provide us with versatility. It was evident throughout the recruiting process that he and his family fit what our program is all about. He is going to be a great addition to the University and we are excited to officially welcome Eugene and his family to the Ohio State basketball family.”

Key, who hails from Brookville, New York, averaged 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds his junior season. He also was a part of the 2019 New York State Federation Class AA State Championship team (25-2), who defeated Chris The King, 51-31, last March. Key played in four games at the 2019 National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp, averaging 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

“Zed is a great addition to our University and program,” Holtmann said. “He plays the game with a high level of physicality and understanding of the game. He has been a part of championship teams in New York and it became clear early on in the recruiting process how important winning is to him. His toughness and work ethic have given him an ability to impact the game both offensively and defensively and will serve him well in Scarlet and Gray. His development and growth as a player has been impressive and is only going to continue to improve. We are excited to officially welcome Zed and his family to our Ohio State basketball family.”




It’s official! Well-liked, respected team captain, Jonathon Cooper to return for fifth season in 2020 for Buckeyes Football

Buckeyes captain will plan on red-shirting this season and return in 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio True senior Jonathon Cooper, the wide-smiling, great culture-inducing, team captain, terrific player and all around great guy, will red-shirt this 2019 season and return for a fifth-year senior season in 2020. Cooper has played in only three games so far this season.

Jonathon Cooper: injuries held him back this season


Cooper, from near-by Gahanna, Ohio, and a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln, has played in 37 career games with 49 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. Last year, he started 13 games for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes. He established career highs with 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks on his way to earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by the media and coaches. The year prior, as a sophomore in 2017, Cooper saw action in all 14 games playing alongside four defensive ends who would be drafted.


Off the field, Cooper has twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a consumer and family financial services major. He was a part of a Buckeyes Go International service-learning program last summer and spent a week in Costa Rica. The 15 Ohio State student-athlete facilitated sports activities with local youth, worked at a food bank, participated in a beach clean-up and engaged in cultural immersion and educational opportunities.







#2 Ohio State 28 #8 Penn State 17: Buckeyes Postgme Notes


66,001 Austin Mack OSU Sr. WR He and the team are happy for Justin Hilliard who has battled his way through injuries & adversity in college 11 23 2019

66,002 Austin Mack Ohio State WR Did he have a feeling today that it was going to be a 4 quarter game vs Penn State 11 23 2019

66,004 Austin Mack OSU WR Did the team need to have a game like this today 11 23 2019

No. 2 Ohio State 28, No. 8 Penn State 17 Saturday, November 23, 2019 Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 104,355

Ohio State Football Postgame Notes

 Ohio State clinched its third consecutive Big Ten East Division title and will play the West Division champion in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

 The Buckeyes secured their 13th 11-win season in the last 18 years.

 Ohio State improved to 15-3 in its last 18 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 and has seven straight wins vs. AP Top 10 opponents.

 The Buckeyes are now 7-3 vs. Penn State all-time when both teams are ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

 Ohio State improves to 20-14 all-time against Penn State and 13-4 since 2002.

 The Buckeyes have now won 29 of their last 31 games played in the month of November.

 After going 7-for-13 on third down against the Nittany Lions, Ohio State has converted at least 50 percent of its third downs in 10 of 11 games this season.

 Ohio State finished the game with 229 yards on the ground against a Penn State defense that came in ranked fourth nationally, allowing 75.9 rushing yards per contest.

 With 157 yards on the ground, J.K. Dobbins passed 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George for third place on Ohio State’s career rushing list and now sits at 3,902 career rushing yards. Ezekiel Elliott ranks second with 3,961.  Dobbins notched his 16th-career 100-yard rushing game and seventh of the season.

 Both Dobbins (36) and Justin Fields (21) tallied career highs in rushing attempts.

 Chase Young recorded 3.0 sacks against the Nittany Lions and has 16.5 on the year to break the Ohio State single-season sack record of 14 set by Vernon Gholston in 2007.

 Young is second on the Ohio State career sacks list with 30.5 and sits 5.5 behind Mike Vrabel with 36.

 Young registered a career-high nine tackles while Pete Werner tied his career-high 10 tackles.

 Ohio State recorded six sacks against the Nittany Lions and now has 48 on the year. The Buckeyes sit three shy of the single-season school record of 51 set in 2000.

 K.J. Hill hauled in four catches in the win. He now sits six catches shy of David Boston’s 20-year-old school record of 191 career receptions.

 Hill has at least one catch in 45 consecutive games.

 Chris Olave’s fourth-quarter touchdown catch was his team-high 10th of the season.

 Baron Browning’s 1.5 sacks marked a career high.  Justin Hilliard’s fourth-quarter interception was the first interception of his career.


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