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Buckeyes 2nd half spurt too much for Northwestern




Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points, 7 rebounds and stayed out of foul trouble for the second straight game

Freshman Duane Washington Jr. was valuable off the bench with 8 points, 5 rebounds in 27:37 of playing time















Ohio State 63 (17-9, 7-8 B1G), Northwestern 49 (12-14, 3-12 B1G)

Feb. 20, 2019 Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio



 Ohio State is 119-46 in the all-time series against Northwestern and 69-15 in Columbus.

 The Buckeyes improve to 113-38 in Value City Arena.



 Ohio State held the Wildcats to just 20 points in the first half. The last time the Buckeyes held a Big Ten opponent to 20 or fewer points in the first half was against Minnesota (1/20/18), holding the Gophers to just 18.

 The Buckeyes outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 40-22.

 The Ohio State bench outscored the Northwestern bench, 27-19.

 When the Buckeyes lead at the half, the team is 13-3 on the season.



 Chris Holtmann improves to 4-0 when coaching against the Wildcats.

 Holtmann’s record against conference opponents improves to 22-11 at the helm of the Buckeyes.



 Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

 The game marked Wesson’s 20th of the season scoring in double figures and fifth scoring 20-plus points.  Wesson’s 22 points in the contest put him at 721 for his career.

 Wesson finished 5-for-5 from the free throw line, reaching 200 made foul shots for his career (204-281).



 Kyle Young went 4-for-5 from the field, scoring eight points for Ohio State. He has made 26 of his last 33 field goal attempts (.788) in the last nine games in which he has played.

 Young grabbed four rebounds and dished two helpers for the Buckeyes.



 Duane Washington Jr. scored eight points off the bench for the Buckeyes.

 Washington Jr. grabbed five rebounds, dished two assists and recorded a steal for Ohio State.

Buckeyes Football announces completion of 2019 Recruiting Class




Signing Day II: Buckeyes Complete Class of 2019

Ohio State will add a total of 18 scholarship players to 2019 roster


COLUMBUS, Ohio Head coach Ryan Day announced the completion of Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday as two more players signed National Letters of Intent to further their academic and athletic careers as members of the Buckeyes’ football program.


The newest members of the class are a pair of offensive linemen: Dawand Jones from Indianapolis and Enokk Vimahi, a native of Kahuku, Hawaii. Coupled with the 15 players who signed in December, Ohio State’s recruiting class finishes with 17 signees.


In January, the Buckeyes also added quarterback Justin Fields, a transfer from the University of Georgia. That brings the total number of newcomers on the 2019 roster to 18. Fields is one of seven newcomers who enrolled for the spring semester. He’s joined by Zach Harrison, Garrett Wilson, Ronnie Hickman, Ryan Jacoby, Noah Potter and Marcus Crowley.


In all, the recruiting class of Buckeyes includes four offensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, three defensive linemen, two linebackers, two safeties and one athlete. The group is also geographically diverse with players from 10 different states, led by five from Ohio and two from Georgia and Indiana. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, 12 players are either four or five-star prospects.




Name                           Position            Ht.       Wt.      Hometown / Previous School
Steele Chambers           RB                   6-2       215       Roswell, Ga. / Blessed Trinity Catholic
Marcus Crowley            RB                   6-1       200       Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy
Tommy Eichenberg      LB                   6-3       225       Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius
Zach Harrison               DE                   6-5       243       Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange
Cormontae Hamilton    TE                    6-2       263       Memphis, Tenn. / Whitehaven
Ronnie Hickman           SAF                 6-1       200       Wayne, N.J. / DePaul Catholic
Ryan Jacoby                 OL                   6-5       270       Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Dwand Jones                OL                   6-8       360       Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis
Jaden McKenzie           DT                   6-3       285       Wake Forest, N.C. / Wake Forest
Harry Miller                  OL                   6-4       310       Buford, Ga. / Buford
Noah Potter                  DE                   6-5       250       Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Bryson Shaw                SAF                 6-2       175       Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School
Cade Stover                  LB                   6-4       225       Mansfield, Ohio / Lexington

Enokk Vimahi              OL                   6-4       270       Kahuku, Hawaii / Kahuku
Jameson Williams         WR                  6-2       170       St. Louis, Mo. / Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Garrett Wilson              WR                  6-1       180       Austin, Texas / Lake Travis
Craig Young                 ATH                 6-4       200       Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne

Steele Chambers | RB | 6-2, 215 | Roswell, Ga. / Blessed Trinity Catholic
Rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and among the top 20 athletes nationwide … a three-year starter for head coach Tim McFarlin … ran for 244 yards and three TDs while also throwing a touchdown pass to help Blessed Trinity Catholic advance to the Georgia 4A state title game … in the title game, ran for 98 yards and added five tackles on defense as Blessed Trinity won its second straight championship … over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior … Georgia’s Region 7AAAA Player of the Year in 2017 for the state champion Titans … exceptional athlete who stood out as both a linebacker and running back … All-Georgia honoree as an athlete from the Atlanta Journal Constitution … Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-state selection as a linebacker … rushed for 1,486 yards (6.9 yards per carry) as a sophomore and 1,301 as a junior … scored the go-ahead touchdown in the 2017 state title game … on defense, totaled 70 tackles (37 solo), six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … parents are Stacy and Eric Chambers.

Marcus Crowley | RB | 6-1, 200 | Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … the four-star prospect by Rivals and a top 100-ranked player in the state of Florida … named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Florida in 2018 … rushed for 258 yards in a 34-7 win over Bolles School in the Region 1-5A finals … scored on runs of 60, 39 and 90 yards … was a MAxPrep/USA Football National Player of the Week nominee … had five 200-yard rushing games during his senior season … ran for over 2,000 yards and averaged better than 10 yards a carry and 150 yards per game over his senior season … plays for the same program that produced current Buckeye Shaun Wade and Tyreke Johnson … ran for 1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior … parents are Shelly and Michael Wright.

Tommy Eichenberg | LB | 6-3, 225 | Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius
A four-star recruit according to who is a consensus top-10 ranked player in the state of Ohio … one of the top-20 ranked linebacker prospects by all of the major recruiting services … a first-team All-Ohio selection as a senior by the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association … moved from outside to middle linebacker early in the 2018 season and finished with 126 total tackles (80 solo, 46 assists), eight sacks, 23 tackles-for-loss and five pass breakups … also had seven quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and an interception … St. Ignatius started 0-2 but finished 8-1 and made the state playoffs with Eichenberg at middle linebacker … included in those eight wins was a 21-7 win over eventual state champion St. Edward … led the team with 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a junior … is a state qualifier for the St. Ignatius track and field team in the shot put … finished eighth at the state championship meet last spring … parents are Heather and Gregg Eichenberg.


*Justin Fields | QB | 6-3, 225 | Kennesaw, Ga. / Harrison
Transferred to Ohio State and joined the football program in January of 2019 … played in 12 of 14 games as a true freshman for Georgia in 2018 and was named to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team … completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four TDs … also had four rushing touchdowns … was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 19 after passing for 121 yards, rushing for 100 and accounting for three touchdowns in a 66-27 win over UMass … a five-star prospect by every major scouting service from Harrison High School under head coach Matt Dickmann … rated as the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2018 … the nation’s top-ranked dual threat QB prospect … awarded MVP of the 2017 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition … totaled 4,187 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 2,096 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in two years as a starter for Harrison … awarded 2018 Mr. Georgia Football by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta … named the 2017 Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Associated Press, in addition to being named First-Team All-State by both publications … also played shortstop and second base for the Harrison varsity baseball team and was a highly-touted baseball prospect with MLB draft potential. *Signed a National Letter of Intent with Georgia in 2018

Zach Harrison | DE | 6-5, 243 | Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … the consensus top-ranked player in the state of Ohio and a top-five prospect nationally … the nation’s No. 1 defensive end by all the major scouting services … earned a five-star designation by, and Rivals … a superb athlete who has been clocked at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and he’s also run a 10.7 100 meters and a 21.5 200 meters … first team All-Ohio by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and the Delaware County Defensive Player of the Year … had 14 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks in just seven games as a senior … will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 … invited to The Opening in 2017 and 2018 … named a finalist for the All-American Bowl Man of the Year … parents are Tracey and Jimmie Harrison.

Cormontae Hamilton | TE | 6-2, 263 | Memphis, Tenn. / Whitehaven
A three-star prospect and the No. 22 player in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports … the nation’s No. 22-ranked tight end by Rivals … member of The Commercial Appeal’s All-Metro team as a junior in 2017 … helped Whitehaven, under head coach Rodney Saulsberry, reach the Class 6A semifinals in 2017 … averaged better than 20 yards per reception … 2018 preseason 6A all-state selection and led Whitehaven to the state finals … hauled in 18 passes for 278 and five touchdowns as a senior for the 11-4 Tigers … mother is Nikki Gilmore.

Ronnie Hickman | SAF | 6-1, 200 | Wayne, N.J. / DePaul Catholic
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … New Jersey’s third-ranked recruit overall by and is a top 150 prospect nationally … checks in with a No. 9 ranking as an athlete according to 247Sports … plays on both sides of the ball for DePaul Catholic, lining up at wide receiver and safety … an injury cut his senior season short, but not before he totaled 609 receiving yards and nine TDs on 26 catches … recorded 19 tackles and five pass breakups … caught 44 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior while also contributing 44 tackles, two interceptions and nine PBU on defense … had 945 all-purpose yards in 2017 … finished his career with 1,418 yards receiving on 70 receptions and 22 touchdowns … is the third New Jersey native to sign with the Buckeyes in the last two classes, joining Javontae Jean-Baptise and Tyler Friday from last year’s class … is nicknamed “The Rocket” … helped DePaul Catholic win New Jersey’s Non Public Group III state title as a junior in 2017 … played for head coach John McKenna … also played lacrosse from DePaul Catholic … parents are Hanifah Crawley and Ronnie Hickman Sr.

Ryan Jacoby | OL | 6-5, 270 | Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … Four-star prospect according to 247Sports who is Ohio’s No. 8-ranked player … was the second member of the 2019 class to give his verbal commitment … first-team All-Ohio as a junior and senior playing left tackle for Mentor, the 2017 Division I state runner-up … the Cardinals were 13-2 and averaged 41.2 points per game on their way to the state finals in 2017 … Mentor was 11-2 in 2018 and once again featured one of the state’s highest scoring offenses, averaging 36.9 points per game … a finalist for the Tony Fisher Award … coached by Steve Trivisonno … was a member of Mentor’s wrestling team as a freshman and sophomore … parents are Lisa and Michael Jacoby.


Dawand Jones | OL | 6-8, 360 | Indianapolis, Ind / Ben Davis
A four-star prospect by ESPN … earned three stars by and … consensus top-15 rated player – regardless of position – in the state of Indiana … a talented two-sport athlete who also excels on the basketball court … is currently averaging 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and had several Division I offers … played at Ben Davis for head coaches Mike Kirschner and Jason Simmons … in his first year as a starter in 2017, helped Ben Davis to an undefeated 6A state championship … Ben Davis averaged 47.3 points per game and scored 50 or more points six times … a Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 team selection as a senior … 6A All-State selection in 2017 as a junior … paved the way for an offense that averaged 28.5 points per game … is the son of Deanna Jones.


Jaden McKenzie | DT | 6-3, 285 | Wake Forest, N.C. / Wake Forest
A three-star prospect who has been a key contributor in helping Wake Forest High School win three consecutive 4A state championships … rated as the No. 48 defensive tackle prospect in the nation and the No. 32 player in North Carolina by 247Sports … recorded 71 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a senior … selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, an annual all-star game between players from North Carolina and South Carolina … finished his high school career on a 45-game winning streak … four-year varsity letterwinner … as a junior, compiled 97 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks … totaled 28.5 sacks over his final three seasons … originally from New Orleans … mother is Quandra McKenzie.

Harry Miller | OL | 6-4, 310 | Buford, Ga. / Buford
Four-star prospect who is the nation’s No. 2-ranked center according to … a five-star recruit by MaxPreps … No. 37-rated prospect overall according to … a versatile player who played guard, tackle and center for Buford High School and head coach John Ford … Buford was 10-3 in Miller’s senior season and reached the Class AAAAA quarterfinals … with Miller paving the way, Buford averaged 41.6 points per game in 2018 and scored 50 or more points four times … helped Buford finished 11-2 as a junior in 2017 while advancing to the Class 5A state semifinals … participated in Nike’s The Opening last June and was named the camp’s most valuable offensive lineman … a straight-A student and likely class valedictorian … a finalist for the All-American Bowl Man of the Year Award … has made numerous mission trips to Nicaragua … parents are Kristina and Sean Miller.

Noah Potter | DE | 6-5, 250 | Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … Ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 6 player in Ohio by 247Sports … earned All-Ohio honors for head coach Steve Trivisonno at Mentor as both a junior and senior … 49 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and five sacks and 30 QB hurries as a senior for a defense that allowed just 13.3 points per game  … anchored a defense that led the Cardinals to the Division I state championship game in 2017 … had 68 tackles, 32 quarterback hurries, 10 sacks and eight tackles-for-loss … led the greater Cleveland area with over 25 tackles for loss as a senior … his older brother, Micah, was a member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team in 2016-17 and 2017-18 … parents are Ronda and Tim Potter.

Bryson Shaw | SAF | 6-2, 175 | Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School
Three-star prospect and the No. 9 player in the state of Maryland according to 247Sports … a do-it-all safety/wide receiver as well as a standout lacrosse player for The Bullis School … has also seen time as a running back and wide receiver … named the team’s most valuable player and the Defensive player of the Year in the Interstate Athletic Conference as a senior … as a junior, caught five touchdown passes, had a TD run and also returned a kickoff and fumble for scores … on defense, totaled 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles … parents are Jill and Bryn Shaw.

Cade Stover | LB | 6-4, 225 | Mansfield, Ohio / Lexington
The fourth-ranked player in Ohio and the No. 130 overall prospect according to 247Sports … named Ohio’s Mr. Football by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and the Gatorade Player of the Year … the eighth-ranked linebacker nationally and a semifinalist for the High School Butkus Award honoring the nation’s top prep linebacker … selected as Ohio’s Division III Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and a first-team all-state selection after recording 163 tackles and four interceptions during the regular season … added 1,477 yards and 17 touchdowns as a running back … Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year … as a sophomore in 2016 for head coach Taylor Gerhardt, Stover made 190 tackles (14.6 per game) as Lexington made the regional finals … during his junior season in 2017, Stover was a first team All-Ohio pick as a hybrid linebacker/safety … a great all-around athlete, Stover earned second team All-Ohio honors on the basketball court as a junior in leading Lexington to the OHSAA Final Four in Columbus … has set the school’s all-time scoring record in basketball … parents are Chelsi and Trevor Stover.


Enokk Vimahi | OL | 6-4, 270 | Kahuku, Hawaii / Kahuku
Rated the nation’s No. 7 guard and No. 124 overall player by … a four-star prospect by every major recruiting service and the No. 2-ranked player in the state of Hawaii … has the versatility to play either guard or tackle in college … on the postseason circuit, played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl and Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl … participated in The Opening last summer in Dallas … Kahuku’s football program has produced 17 players who have gone on to play in the National Football League … The Red Raiders played in three consecutive state championship games between 2015 and 2017 … Kahuku averaged nearly 300 total yards and 30 points per game during Vimahi’s senior season … he blocked for three different running backs that totaled 300 yards or more … is the son of Lori and David Vimahi … he has an older brother, Aliki, who signed with Utah in 2017.


Jameson Williams | WR | 6-2, 170 | St. Louis, Mo. / Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Rated as a four-star prospect and a Top 150 player overall by’s composite rankings … the No. 2-rated prospect in Missouri by 247Sports and No. 3 by Rivals … helped Cardinal Ritter College Prep reach the Class 3 state championship game this past fall … caught 68 passes for 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns … had eight 100-yard games, including a 257-yard effort with five TDs … scored at least one touchdown in 11 of 14 games … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 3 in Orlando … caught 36 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior while also returning three kicks for TDs … a track star who holds the state record in the 300-meter hurdles, a mark previously set by former Buckeye great Ezekiel Elliott … won two state track and field titles last spring … parents are Tianna and James Williams.

Garrett Wilson | WR | 6-1, 180 | Austin, Texas / Lake Travis
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … A five-star prospect according to and a top-15 ranked recruit – regardless of position – nationally … caught two touchdown passes in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … was also named the All-American Bowl Man of the Year for his excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction … participated in Nike’s The Opening last June and was named to the All-Tournament team … played for head coach Hank Carter at Lake Travis High School … despite missing action in the middle of his senior season due to injury, had 1,151 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns … with Wilson and current Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin teaming up, Lake Travis went 13-3 in 2017 and played in its third consecutive Class 6A Division I state final … Wilson’s junior year stats were off the charts: 98 catches for 1,774 yards while accounting for 32 total touchdowns … his career numbers included 204 receptions for 3,359 yards and 55 total touchdowns … selected as the 2017-18 Central Texas High School Athlete of the Year by The Statesman … Texas’ No. 1-ranked recruit on the The Stateman’s Fabulous 55 list … a three-sport athlete at Lake Travis who earned Division I scholarship offers as a basketball player … averaged 21 points per game for the Cavaliers to earn first team All-Central Texas honors … is the son of Kenny and Candace Wilson … Kenny played basketball at Davidson, scoring 1,573 career points to rank seventh on the school’s all-time list.

Craig Young | ATH | 6-4, 200 | Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne
Consensus three-star prospect … a standout on both sides of the ball for Wayne High School and head coach Derrick Moore … ranked as the No. 9 player in the state of Indiana … caught 35 passes for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season … as a junior, he had over 600 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns while also contributing 27 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks on defense as an outside linebacker … two-time member of the WANE-TV Fab 15 … a three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and runs track … averaged 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior on the basketball court … won the sectional 100-meter (10.7 seconds) and 200-meter (22.43) sprints during his junior season … parents are Antoinette and Shabaka Young.


Young Buckeyes give #8 Spartans a run for their money in 86-77 loss




64,269 C.J. Jackson OSU guard On his career long cramping issues kept him out of game when team needed him the most 1 5 2019

64,272 Kaleb Wesson OSU center Going up against old Ohio Capital Conference foe in Nick Ward a physical game indeed 1 5 2019

64,275 C.J. Jackson OSU guard The team’s feelings when in the last 5 minutes MSU was pulling away was there still hope to win 1 5 19

64,276 C.J. Jackson OSU guard How close are the Buckeyes to a team of Michigan State’s caliber 1 5 2019

64,277 C.J. Jackson OSU guard Why did the Spartans shoot 76 percent in the 2nd half Was it bad defense or they got good looks 1 5 2019

C.J. Jackson said that he thinks Ohio State is just as good as the Spartans if they can clean up some deficient areas and lapses ( photo)


No. 8 Michigan State 86 (13-2, 4-0 B1G), No. 14 Ohio State 77 (12-2, 2-1 B1G) Jan. 5, 2019 Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

GAME/SERIES  The game was officially a sellout with 18,809 spectators filling Value City Arena.  The Buckeyes are 61-18 in sellouts at VCA and 53-15 in sellout games against Big Ten Conference foes. The last sellout at VCA was last season when the Buckeyes hosted Iowa (2/10/18).  The Buckeyes are now 68-57 all-time against the Spartans. When facing Michigan State in Columbus, Ohio State falls to 37-23.

TEAM  When both the Buckeyes and the opponent are ranked in the Associated Press Top-25, Ohio State is 76-77.  In games that they are leading at the half, the Buckeyes are 8-2 on the season.  The Buckeyes turned the ball over just five times. The last time the team recorded five or fewer turnovers was last season at Rutgers (1/14/18) when the team recorded five total turnovers.  The Buckeyes were 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the first half. The team finished 16-for-21 from the line. Michigan State made 30 free throws. The last time an opponent made 25+ free throws was when Purdue made 25 on 31 attempts (1/21/16). The Spartans 37 free throw attempts is the most attempts an opponent has made since Minnesota took 32 last season (12/2/18).

Kaleb Wesson said that the Buckeyes had lapses that hurt them against Michigan State ( photo)

CHRIS HOLTMANN  Chris Holtmann is now 1-1 when coaching against Michigan State.  Against Big Ten opponents, Holtmann is now 17-4.

KALEB WESSON  Kaleb Wesson netted 25 points for the Buckeyes, his second 20+ point game this season.  Wesson recorded his 1,000th minute in the contest, playing 28 minutes against the Spartans. Wesson has now played 1,023 minutes in his career as a Buckeye.  The sophomore grabbed eight boards, two blocks and had zero turnovers for the Buckeyes.

C.J. JACKSON  C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with five assists in the contest.  With 10 points in the game, Jackson is six points shy of 800 for his career. He has scored in double-figures in 10 games this season.  In his 80th game as a Buckeye, Jackson added five rebounds, four steals and zero turnovers for Ohio State.

KYLE YOUNG  Kyle Young recorded his 100th point of the season in the contest. Young scored eight points for a season total of 106 and career total of 150.  Young went 4-for-4 from the field, grabbed one board, dished two assists and recorded two steals for the Buckeyes.


24 Andre Wesson 10 points, 4 rebounds

34 Kaleb Wesson 25 points, 8 rebounds

1 Luther Muhammad 12 points

3 C.J. Jackson 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

32 Keyshawn Woods 4 assists

25 Kyle Young 8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals

4 Duane Washington Jr. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Also playing in the game: 23 Jaedon LeDee, 2 Musa Jallow, 10 Justin Ahrens & 14 Joey Lane.


Chris Holtmann says that the Buckeyes are not at the level where they need to be at this time. Still a young team ( photo)

Big Ten battle today as #8 Michigan State invades #14 Ohio State at Noon













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The Ohio State vs. Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 68-57. Ohio State owns a 37-23 record in Columbus and is 17-41 in East Lansing. The teams have played on a neutral court seven times with the Spartans winning four. When ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, the Buckeyes are 22-13. Michigan State is 22-10 vs. ranked Ohio State teams. When both teams carry a Top 25 ranking into the matchup, Ohio State is 7-8. The last time both teams were ranked when facing one another was Jan. 12, 2014 in East Lansing. The No. 3 Spartans needed overtime to down the No. 5 Buckeyes 72-68. Ohio State was unranked a season ago when it won at home vs. the No. 1 Spartans, 80-64, Jan. 7, 2018. C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson each have faced Michigan State three times in their careers to lead the Buckeyes in appearances vs. the Spartans. Jackson averages 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State enters the game with the Buckeyes sporting an 11-2 record and a 2-0 mark in the Big Ten. The only blemishes on the Spartans’ record are losses to No. 1 Kansas to open the season, 92-87, and then at Louisville in overtime, 82-78.

Michigan State took care of Rutgers on the road, 78-67, and then downed Iowa at home, 90-68, in the early December Big Ten Conference games. A trio of Spartans average 15 or more points a game. Cassius Winston (17.5 ppg.), Nick Ward (16.1 ppg.) and Joshua Langford (15.0 ppg.) handle the brunt of the Michigan State scoring while Kenny Goins leads the team on the glass with 9.2 rebounds a game.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 819-717 against current league members. Chris Holtmann is new to the Big Ten but no stranger to Big Ten competition. He faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes this year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 21-9 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.

Early Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.6 points a game and has the Buckeyes off to a 12-1 start … he reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (116-313/.371) from distance … has scored 784 career points after a 20-point effort vs. High Point and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Kyle Young is 39-for-56 shooting this season (.696) … Joey Lane has appeared in seven games this season and is 4-5 from the field and 3-4 from 3-point range … he also has five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 3.6 minutes per game … Keyshawn Woods has 44 assists with just eight turnovers this season, that assist to turnover ratio is rates No. 22 nationally (3.38).

Kaleb Wesson Earns First B1G POW Honor
Sophomore Kaleb Wesson averaged 23 points and 9.5 rebounds in wins over Youngstown State and vs. UCLA to earn his first Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honor Dec. 24, 2018. Wesson scored a career-high 31 points vs. the Penguins and then added 15 points and a career-best 12 rebounds in the win over UCLA in the CBSSports Classic in Chicago last Saturday.

Wesson connected on 60 percent of his field goal attempts for the week (15-25) and on 71 percent from the foul line (15-21). He also added five assists. Of his 19 total rebounds, 11 were on the offensive end.

The honor is the first for the Westerville South alum and the first for the Buckeyes since Keita Bates-Diop earned the recognition, his fourth of the 2017-18 season, Feb. 5, 2018 after Ohio State wins over Illinois and Indiana.

Starting Five


  • The Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to Spain for 11 days over the summer. The Buckeyes played a total of three games, one in each stop during the trip, which began Aug. 1 with a flight to Madrid. Three days were spent in Madrid (W, 93-61 vs. Madrid Generals), Valencia (W, 95-63 vs. Valencia All-Stars) and Barcelona (W, 68-66 vs. Catalan All-Stars) before the team returned to Columbus Aug. 11. The team also experienced several cultural tours, team meals and excursions.
  • Just one Ohio State opponent has made more than 24 field goals this season in a game vs. the Buckeyes. Opponents are shooting 38.2 percent from the field against the Ohio State defense (280-733). Foes are connecting on just 29.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (79-270).
  • Ohio State is ranked No. 14/12 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Buckeyes are 16-6 all-time when ranked in the No. 14 position and are 511-149 when ranked among the Top 25 in the AP poll. The Buckeyes were 10-5 as a ranked team in 2017-18. Ohio State was ranked No. 17 in the final game of the season vs. No. 6 Gonzaga a year ago in the NCAA Tournament (L, 90-84).
  • The Buckeyes have four wins in five tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60) and took down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court while splitting at home vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62) and Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State has at least five games remaining vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament: Purdue (2), Michigan State (2) and Michigan.
  • Ohio State will play 11 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Seven of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 2 Michigan (away), No. 8 Michigan State (home/away), No. 22 Wisconsin (home), No. 24 Nebraksa (away), No. 25 Iowa (home/away) and No. 21 Indiana (away). Among teams receiving votes, Ohio State faces Purdue (home/away) and Cincinnati (W-Away).




Nick Bosa’s Letter to Buckeye Nation

Nick Bosa in action (photo courtesy Ohio State Athletics)


Ohio State has always been my dream school.

Let me start this off by saying that. I got to go to my dream school — and I got to play football there for three amazing years. It’s something I’ll always treasure.

Before I say goodbye, though, I want to give a little background here — and talk about why I’m writing this letter right now instead of getting ready for the Rose Bowl. On one hand, it’s pretty simple: My season is over. I suffered a season-ending injury on September 15th against TCU. I knew right away that it was serious. I’d been trying to push through groin and abdomen issues since training camp, and the pain that I was feeling made it obvious that I’d re-aggravated those injuries and then some.

But even still, right? There’s serious, and then there’s season-ending. And not even in my worst idea of how bad I was injured did I think that my entire SEASON was at risk — or that my Ohio State career was FINISHED, right then and there, on the field at AT&T.

I remember sitting in Coach Johnson’s office after finding out that I’d need bilateral abdominal surgery. And man, we just started getting tears in our eyes….. because we knew what that type of surgery could mean. We knew it could mean I’d never play another snap in 2018. We knew it could mean the playoffs, Rose Bowl, Michigan game — off the table.

Most of all, though, we knew it could mean that my time as a Buckeye football player was over.

And when my surgeon confirmed all of that the following week….. what can I even say here, you know? I was CRUSHED.

I was just crushed. End of story.

That “dream school” thing — it isn’t talk.

There are so many teammates and coaches who made my time in Columbus the most incredible three years of my life.

Coach Meyer is someone who I can truly say got the best out of me — and I can never thank him enough for that. The same goes for Coach Mick, our strength guy. I owe both those men so much for how they’ve helped me to develop as a player and as a person.

Then there’s my position coach, Coach Johnson. I don’t even know how to put into words the appreciation I have for that man. He’s a one-in-a-million type of person — one of the most caring people I’ve ever been around. Coach J genuinely loves every single one of his players. We love him back.

And then last but for sure not least, I need to thank all of my D-line guys. Being in our D-line room, day-in and day-out, with some of my best friends…. I think I’m going to miss that the most. I will always be proud of everything that we accomplished on the field. But the bonds we built together in that room — those will last our lifetimes.

My family has a history with Ohio State. My mom, my uncle, and my brother Joey: all Buckeyes. So as a kid, growing up, Ohio State wasn’t just some “team we rooted for.” They were MY TEAM. OSU was like a part of me. And to be honest with you, by the time my official visit rolled around….. there wasn’t much recruiting to be done. I was basically a lock.

I was born to be a Buckeye.

And what an absolute rush it’s been, over these last few years, to get to accomplish what I was born to do.

What an absolute honor and privilege.

Right now I’m in Southern California, living with Joey, while I recover from my surgery and wait to begin my pre-draft training. Joey was recovering from his own injury when I first came out here, and I could tell that he was pretty down about it. Of course, I wasn’t in a great spot either. And one thing that’s been cool about this year is how we’ve gotten to be there for each other, and support each other in a way that just wouldn’t really have been possible if I’d been at school. So while it was tough leaving Columbus mid-semester, and I miss being around all my friends and teammates every day….. the chance to be with Joey, and to spend time with him as I recovered, that’s also meant a lot to me.

And I’ll tell you what: It’s just the craziest thing, man, being a Buckeye.

This school, this city, these fans…… there really is something SPECIAL about Ohio State. I’m not sure what the exact right word is: spirit, pride, I don’t know. But even 2,000 miles away — even all the way out here in California. You can feel it.

It’s just there.

And I think that has to be one of the best lessons I’ve learned — both over these last few months of ups and downs, and during my amazing three years in Columbus.

That it doesn’t matter what happens, or when it happens, or how, or why.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the entire world.

Ohio State is forever.

And when you’re a Buckeye?

You’re a Buckeye.



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