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OSU’s Barrett awarded Pat Tillman Award at 2018 East-West Shrine Game

J.T. Barrett FTB

Jan. 19, 2018

 

Each year, the East-West Shrine Game presents the Pat Tillman Award to recognize the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship, and service. The award celebrates a student athlete’s achievements and conduct on and off the football field. The 2018 recipient is Ohio State quarterback, J.T. Barrett.

A Texas native, Barrett capped an outstanding four-year career with the Buckeyes by leading the team to its second Big Ten title in his four years as a starting quarterback in 2017 and to a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic victory over USC. The only three-time captain in school history, Barrett started 44 games in his Ohio State career and set the school record with 38 victories, set a total of 39 Ohio State (34) or Big Ten Conference (five) records, including some of the most prestigious for a quarterback. He was responsible for 147 passing and rushing touchdowns to rank fourth in NCAA history in that category, and was a Top 10 vote-getter in the Heisman Trophy race twice, including finishing fifth in 2014.

Barrett started his Shrine Game experience with a visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Tampa where he played with patients on the basketball court, pushing them on swings, taking photos and signing autographs. He spent the week practicing with his teammates under East head coach Jonathan Hayes, tight ends coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It is an honor to receive this award that holds Pat Tillman’s name,” said Barrett. “The people that he impacted during his career and the sacrifice he made says a lot about the kind of man he was.”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Only meeting of season between Buckeyes and Nittany Lions happens tonight at 8 pm

 

No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (13-8, 3-5)

 

Date: Jan. 25, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Television: BTN

 

OHIO STATE GAME NOTES

 

• Keita Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year.
• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,033)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (518) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-277)…Bates-Diop is 50th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 20-point effort against Nebraska.
48. Jamie Skelton 1,055
Ken Johnson 1,055
50. Keita Bates-Diop 1,033
51. Bill Andreas 1,023
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (467)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 18 games…Jackson has 17 games this season with 10 or more points, including 16 in the last 19 games…he has 38 assists and 13 turnovers in the last eight games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 17 points vs. Nebraska the last time out (1,371)…he’s averaging 12.6 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 26 all-time in career scoring (1,371). Brian Brown is 25th with 1,384 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Jae’Sean Tate 1,371
27. Brent Darby 1,368
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 228-81 after the win vs. Nebraska. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just seven players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.552) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 39 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8.

 

PENN STATE GAME NOTES

 

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
RECORD: 13-8, 3-5 Big Ten
Coach:Patrick Chambers (Seventh year at Penn State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G – 18.9 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#24 Mike Watkins, RSo. F – 9.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G – 4.8 apg

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
RECORD: 18-4, 9-0 Big Ten
Coach: Chris Holtmann (First year at Ohio State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer
#33 Keita Bates-Diop, RJr., F – 19.7 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#33 Keita Bates-Diop, RJr., F – 8.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#3 C.J. Jackson, Jr., G – 4.4 apg

NITTANY LION LAST GAME STARTERS
# / Name / Pos. / ELG. / Pts / REB / STAT / NOTES
11 / Lamar Stevens / F / So. / 15.6 / 6.5 / 2nd ppg/rpg | PS Scoring leader in January gms at 19.3 ppg
24 / Mike Watkins / F / R-So. / 13.3 / 9.9 / 5-consec dbl-dbls | January avgs: 15.5 pts/13.3 reb, 80 FG% (36-45)
5 / Jamari Wheeler / G / Fr. / 3.1 / 2.5 / 39 steals | “Instant defense;” B1G steals leader
10 / Tony Carr / G / So. / 18.9 / 4.4 / ppg 2nd in B1G | Increased scoring +7.5 ppg from 2016-17 (21 gms)
33 / Shep Garner / G / Sr. / 10.4 / 2.0 / 270 career 3s | No. 11 PS all-time pts list w/1,402 w/22 at NU

OPENING TIP

Redshirt sophomore forward Mike Watkins is 36-47 from the field in the month of January for an 80% field goal perentage. Those figures have moved him to the top spot for the season in the Big Ten (70.8) and on Penn State’s single season chart.

Watkins’ 70.8 field goal percentage ranks second nationally.

QUICK HITS
• The contest at Columbus will be the Nittany Lions’ first Thursday game of the season.

• Penn State’s current 76.9 points per game average is the highest at this point in the season and a 14.0-point difference from Chambers’ first season in 2011-12.

• The current rebound margin of +3.8 ranks as Penn State’s highest since the 1995-96 season when the Nittany Lions were +6.1.

• Guard Jamari Wheeler leads the Big Ten with 40 steals and has nation’s fifth-highest total among freshmen in the national rankings.

• Shep Garner recorded his Big Ten career best with six 3-pointers at Northwestern and continues to move up on both Penn State’s and the NCAA’s career list for 3-pointers made. To date, the senior guard has 276 total for fourth on the Nittany Lion all-time list and seventh on the NCAA active career list.

SERIES RECORD VS. OHIO STATE
Ohio State has won the last five meetings overall, including a 71-70 decision at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 28, 2017, and the last two games at Value City Arena.

The two programs have played only once in each of the last two seasons.

In 2013-14, Penn State snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Buckeyes and swept the season series for the first time since 1998. The Nittany Lions’ won at home 65-63 (2/27/14) and in overtime in Columbus 71-70 (1/29/14).

Overall series: Ohio State leads 37-15
at Columbus: Ohio State leads 19-5
Big Ten games: Ohio State leads 34-13

 

INFORMATION ON PENN STATE BASKETBALL FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

 

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Cnf. Record Pct. Cnf. Titles Nat. Titles
No coach 1897–1915, 1917–1918 20 131–65–1 .668 0
Burke M. “Dutch” Hermann 1916–1918, 1919–32 15 148–73 .716 0
Hugo Bezdek 1919 1 11–2 .846 0
Earl “The Spike” Leslie 1933–36 4 29–28 .509 0–10 .000 0 0
John Lawther 1937–49 13 150–93 .617 17–13 .567 0 0
Elmer Gross 1949–54 5 80–40 .667 0
John Egli 1954–68 14 187–135 .581 0
Johnny Bach 1968–78 10 122–121 .502 9–11 .450 0 0
Dick Harter 1978–83 5 79–61 .564 13–11 .564 0 0
Bruce Parkhill 1983–95 12 181–169 .517 82–116 .414 1 0
Jerry Dunn 1995–2003 8 117–121 .492 45–87 .341 0 0
Ed DeChellis 2003–2011 8 114–138 .452 41–95 .301 0 0
Pat Chambers 2011–present 6 100-116 .463 32–83 .278 0 0
Totals 1897–present 116 1412–1322–1 .516 222–399 .357 1 0


NBA draft[edit]

Year Name Team
1947 John Rusinko Baltimore Bullets
1953 Herman Sledzik Baltimore Bullets
1955 Jesse Arnelle Fort Wayne Pistons
1965 Bob Weiss Philadelphia 76ers
1966 Carver Clinton Philadelphia 76ers
1974 Ron Brown Boston Celtics
1981 Frank Brickowski New York Knicks
1983 Mike Lang New York Knicks
1984 Dick Mumma Los Angeles Clippers
1999 Calvin Booth Washington Wizards

 

 
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1954
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1954, 1955, 2001
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2011
Conference tournament champions
Atlantic 10: 1991
Conference division season champions
Eastern Collegiate League West: 1977

 

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE AND PENN STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS; PENN STATE PROGRAM HISTORY INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

#13 Basketball Buckeyes start 4-game homestand with Cornhuskers; Ohio State, Nebraska tip at 8 p.m. on BTN

No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-4, 8-0) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-7, 5-3)

 

Date: Jan. 22, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Television: BTN

 

 

 

 

 

• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record an 8-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 8-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 8-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949

 

• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.

 

 

• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,013)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (512) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota the last time out, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-274)…Bates-Diop is 53rd on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota.
50. Bill Andreas 1,023
51. Jason Singleton 1,022
52. Lenzelle Smith Jr. 1,014
53 Keita Bates-Diop 1,013
54. Chris Jent 1,007
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (455)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 17 games after a 3-7 shooting effort from long range last Saturday vs. Minnesota…Jackson has 16 games this season with 10 or more points, including 15 in the last 18 games…he has 34 assists and 12 turnovers in the last seven games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 10 points vs. Minnesota the last time out (1,354)…he’s averaging 12.4 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 27 all-time in career scoring (1,354) after passing No. 28 Marc Loving (1,338) at Northwestern. The late Brent Darby is 26th with 1,368 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Brent Darby 1,368
27. Jae’Sean Tate 1,354
28. Marc Loving 1,338
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 227-81 after the win vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.

 

• Tate is one of just seven players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is third nationally in field goal percentage (.550) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 37 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.9.

 

• Keita Bates-Diop is the first Ohio State player to score 25 or more points in three-consecutive games since Michael Redd did so vs. Penn State at St. John Arena (32, 2/28/98), vs. Indiana (25, 3/5/98) at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and vs. Oakland (29, 11/13/98). The first two games for Redd ended his freshman season while the third was the start of his sophomore campaign and the first game played at Value City Arena. Bates-Diop scored 27 at Iowa Jan. 4, 32 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 and 26 vs. Maryland Jan. 11. Redd scored 86 points over the three games while Bates-Diop totaled 85 points.

 

• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at http://www.go.osu.edu/KBDFamily.

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS GAME NOTES

Nebraska begins its busiest week of the season Monday night, as the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Tipoff at Value City Arena is set for shortly after 7 p.m. (CT) and Monday’s tilt between the Huskers and Buckeyes will be televised nationally on BTN with Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game is also available on BTN.com, BTN2Go and the Fox Sports Go app.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Ben McLaughlin on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) comes into Columbus having won seven of its last nine games following a 72- 52 win over No. 23 Michigan last Thursday. The Huskers held Michigan to 37.5 percent shooting, including just 4-of-18 from 3-point range. James Palmer Jr. had 19 points to pace four Huskers in double figures, as the Huskers shot 55 percent from the field in snapping a 10-game losing streak to Michigan that predated NU’s Big Ten days.

Nebraska’s biggest improvement over the last month has come on the defensive end of the court. Since giving up a season-high 94 points to UTSA on Dec. 20, the Huskers have held their last eight opponents to 38.8 percent shooting, including just 28.8 percent from 3-point range. NU has held its last seven foes to under 45 percent shooting, including three straight under 40 percent.

The Huskers will face one of the biggest surprises in college basketball, as Ohio State is ranked 22nd in both polls and sporting a 17-4 record following a 67-49 win over Minnesota on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. First-year coach Chris Holtmann has guided OSU to 12 wins in their last 13 games dating back to the start of December. The Buckeyes feature one of the frontrunners for Big Ten player of the year in junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

While OSU has won 10 of the 12 meetings, the last two meetings were both decided by one point, as the teams won on each other’s homecourt in 2016-17.

NUMBERS TO KNOW 1.25 – Nebraska’s assist-to-turnover ratio which is on pace to be NU’s best in more than 20 years. In fact, the last time Nebraska had more assists than turnovers was in 2009-10. Nebraska has had 10 or fewer turnovers in each of its last three games. No. Year Asst.-to-TO ratio 1. 2017-18 1.25 2. 2001-02 1.24 3. 2008-09 1.15 4. 2009-10 1.13

122 – Nebraska’s 122 blocked shots is the most blocked shots in a season since 2005-06 and is just eight shy of 10th place on NU’s single-season charts (130, 2005-06). Last season, NU blocked 116 shots in 31 games.

70 – Nebraska is 13-2 when scoring 70 or more points and 2-5 when held to under 70 points. Nebraska’s only two losses when scoring 70+ points was a one-point loss to Kansas and a two-point OT loss at Penn State.

SERIES HISTORY VS. OHIO STATE Ohio State leads the all-time series, 14-4, in a series that dates back to 1936. The Buckeyes are 10-2 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with Nebraska’s wins coming in 2014 (Lincoln) and 2017 (Columbus). The last three meetings have been decided by a total of five points, including a pair of one-point decisions in 2016-17. The Huskers’ are looking for their second straight win against the Buckeyes after a 58-57 win last season.

LAST MEETING VS. OHIO STATE Glynn Watson’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining capped a frantic rally that saw Nebraska score the final six points and pull out a 58-57 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 18, 2017. The Huskers trailed 57-52 with 30.6 seconds left after a Marc Loving 3-pointer, but made the plays in the final seconds to earn the program’s first-ever road win in Columbus. Jack McVeigh, who came off the bench and had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to pull NU within 57-55 and the Huskers used their last timeout. On the ensuing inbounds play, Nick Fuller and Tai Webster tied up Kam Williams with 21.2 seconds left, giving the Huskers one final chance to win. The Buckeyes, who had four fouls to give before putting the Huskers in the bonus, fouled Watson twice to kill some time. On the Huskers’ third attempt, Watson got through the Buckeye defense, drew contact and connected off glass to tie the score. Watson than completed the 3-point play to give the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes. Watson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, as four Huskers finished in double figures in NU’s second doubledigit road comeback this season. Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 points, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and six boards before fouling out.

LAST TIME OUT James Palmer Jr. led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska turned in its best defensive effort of the season in posting a 72-52 win over No. 23 Michigan Thursday night in front of a crowd of 15,794 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Palmer had a game-high 19 points, while Isaiah Roby added a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Huskers to their first win over Michigan since 1964. Prior to tonight, the Huskers were winless in eight tries against the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Isaac Copeland and Anton Gill added 13 and 10 points respectively, as Nebraska shot 55 percent from the field in its best shooting performance since late November.

While Nebraska enjoyed a balanced attack, it was its defense that shined in breaking a 10-game losing streak to Michigan. The Huskers (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) held the Wolverines (16-5, 5-3) to season lows in points (52), 3-pointers made (four) and 3-point percentage (22.2 percent) on just 37.5 percent shooting.

NU was also able to force 11 turnovers, including nine steals, against a Wolverine team that led the Big Ten in turnovers.

POSTGAME NOTES

The 20-point win over No. 23 Michigan was Nebraska’s largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent since a 28-point win over No. 25 Texas Tech on Feb. 24, 2004 (72-44).

 The 20-point win also marked the second double-figure win by NU over a ranked opponent this season.

 The win was Nebraska’s first victory over Michigan since the Huskers’ upset the No. 1-ranked Wolverines 74-73 on Dec. 12, 1964. Nebraska snapped a 10-game losing streak to Michigan and defeated the Wolverines for the first time in nine tries in Big Ten Conference play.

 Nebraska improved to 11-1 this season at Pinnacle Bank Arena, posting its highest win total at home since the 2013- 14 season.

 Isaiah Roby had a career high 14 points and finished with three assists, one shy of his career high. He topped his previous career high of 12 points, set six days ago at Penn State.

 Nebraska shot 55.3 percent from the field, its thirdhighest mark of the season.

 Michigan’s 20-point loss at Nebraska is its largest defeat since Dec. 8, 2015 at No. 19 SMU (82-58)

 

GAME PREVIEW FROM PRESS RELEASES OF OHIO STATE AND NEBRASKA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Surprising Buckeyes Men’s Basketball team moves up to #13 in new AP Poll

Chris Holtmann

Keita Bates-Diop

This basketball season for the Men’s team at Ohio State has been nothing but exciting, fun and basically totally unexpected.

Picked to finish at the bottom of the Big Ten Conference, they have risen to the top and are a surprising 8-0.

The Buckeyes are starting to become respected nationally by being ranked at #22 last week by the Associated Press.

With three wins last week on the road at Rutgers, Northwestern and Minnesota at Madison Square Garden, the 17-4 Bucks are up nine spots in the AP poll  for this week at #13.

Last week, the Buckeyes ended a streak of 90 straight games played as an unranked team when it received 276 points to earn a No. 22 national ranking. Ohio State has won seven straight games and 12 of its past 13.

Ohio State plays Nebraska tonight at home, game time 8 pm.

Ohio State men’s basketball hosts SWAC member Texas Southern Thursday night at Value City Arena

Nov. 15, 2017

 

Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) vs. Texas Southern Tigers (0-2)

 

Date: Nov. 16, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 7:01p.m.
Television: BTN
Talent: Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 157 / XM 380
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Former Indiana head coach Mike Davis brings his Texas Southern Tigers to Value City Arena to battle the Buckeyes at 7 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The game also serves as the military appreciation game for the Buckeyes. Service men and women with a military ID can get two free tickets and enjoy 10 percent off concessions at the game tomorrow.

Texas Southern, which is from the Houston, Texas area, plays in the SWAC, Southwestern Athletic Conference which includes Alcorn State, Southern University, Grambling State, Prairie View A&M, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Alabama State, Alabama A&M and Arkansas Pine-Bluff. The conference has predominately black colleges with strong historical backgrounds.

Ohio State and Texas Southern are meeting for the first time. Ohio State is 6-0 all-time vs. teams currently representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Texas Southern is in the West Division of the league along with Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Grambling (1-0), Prairie View A&M and Southern. Ohio State is 5-0 vs. the East Division of the conference: Alabama A&M, Alabama State (1-0), Alcorn State (1-0), Jackson State (2-0) and Mississippi Valley State (1-0). The Buckeyes last played a team representing the conference Nov. 17, 2015 when Grambling traveled to Columbus as part of the Hall of Fame Classic. The Ohio State won that game 82-55.

Texas Southern is ready for another strong run at the Southwestern Athletic Conference title. star player, Demontrae “Trea” Jefferson, a 5’7, 150-pound point guard who is quick. He will have to fill to take over the team and lead as Zach Lofton has transfered out. Lofton was the SWAC 2016-17 Player and Newcomer of the Year. There is also Kevin Scott and Trayvon Reed to help Jefferson, but some media experts think that Alcorn State has more scoring power to beat them out in the conference race.

Noting the Radford Game • This game marks the third time Ohio State and Radford have met. Th e Buckeyes have won all three matchups. • The Buckeyes are 15-0 against teams representing the Big South Conference. • Th e Buckeyes are now 8-0 when Keita BatesDiop has a double-double. • Chris Holtmann is now 2-0 as the head coach of the Buckeyes. • Holtmann-coached teams are now 4-2 record against Radford. • Jae’Sean Tate moves to No. 43 in all-time scoring at Ohio State with 13 points today for a total of 1,114 points. He passes Ron Sepic (1,107) and now trails Curtis Wilson (1,120). • Tate earned his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Th is is the 11th of his career. • Bates-Diop led the Buckeye scoring eff ort and recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Th is is his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career. • Bates-Diop went perfect from the free throw line (3-3). • C.J. Jackson was the second leading scorer for the Buckeyes, scoring a career-high 19 points. • Jackson tied his career high of six defensive rebounds for the third time (last at Michigan, 2/4/17). • Both Bates-Diop (22/10) and Tate (13/10) recorded double doubles in the game, the last time two Buckeyes did so was vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (12/3/16) when Trevor Th ompson (13/10) and Tate (12/12) recorded the feat in a 70-62 victory. • Ohio State is 624-271 all-time when at least one player records a double-double and 143-51 in games when two Buckeyes reach double figures.

 

OHIO STATE GAME NOTES:

*Senior Kam Williams reached 800 career points with nine vs. Radford the last time out. He averages 7.7 points a game over 104 appearances as a Buckeye…Williams needs five field goals to reach 300 in his career (295-694/.425)…C.J. Jackson reached 200 career points and 100 assists in the win vs. Radford. He tallied a career-high 19 points while handing out three assists vs. the Highlanders…with seven rebounds vs. Radford, sophomore Micah Potter reached 100 boards for this career (104).

*Head coach Chris Holtmann received National Letters of Intent Wednesday from a quartet of high school standouts from Ohio, California, Texas and New Jersey. Justin Ahrens, a 6-5 forward from Versailles, Ohio; Duane Washington, a 6-3 guard from Chatsworth, California; Jaedon LeDee, a 6-9 forward from Houston, Texas; and Luther Muhammad, a 6-3 guard from Jersey City, New Jersey, all signed on with Holtmann and the Buckeyes on national signing day.

*Two on Pace for 1,000 Career Points Jae’Sean Tate became the 54th player to accomplish the feat of scoring 1,000 career points at Ohio State with 20 points at Maryland Feb. 11. He has 1,114 points (11.5 ppg.) 97 career appearances. Th is year, fi fth-year senior Kam Williams (804 career points) and redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop (641) are within striking distance or reaching 1,000 points. Williams scored 300 points as a junior and 290 during his sophomore season. Bates-Diop tallied 388 points as a sophomore in 2015-16. He missed all but nine games a year ago with a leg injury.

*Buckeyes to Play in 2017 PK80 Event in Portland Ohio State has been selected to play in the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational Nov. 23-26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Th e event honors Nike founder Phil Knight, who will turn 80 years old this year. Sixteen Nike schools will travel to Portland to participate in the event. Th ose schools are: Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. Two eight-team events — consisting of three games per team — will run simultaneously in the two buildings (the Rose Quarter’s Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum) with Dec. 23, 2017 in New Orleans. Th e event will be held in Chicago in 2018 and Las Vegas in 2019. Th e Buckeyes are 1-2 in the event to date with a win over Kentucky and losses to North Carolina and UCLA.

*Tate in Exclusive Club, Bates-Diop on Pace Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate entered both the 1,000 career-point and 500 career-rebound club last season with 458 points and 205 boards. He currently owns 1,114 points and 577 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop could become the 28th Buckeye in history with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds with a strong junior campaign. In 77 career games, Bates-Diop has 641 points and 346 boards. He scored 388 points as a true sophomore with 210 rebounds. He missed all but nine games last year with injury but added 87 points and 47 caroms to his career totals. OSU Career 1,000 pts., 500 Rebounds 1. Dennis Hopson (84-87) …………………. 2,096 …………………712 2. Herb Williams (78-81) ………………….. 2,011 ………………1,111 3. Jerry Lucas (60-62) ………………………. 1,990 ………………1,411 4. Michael Redd (98-00) …………………… 1,879 …………………593 5. William Buford (2009-12) ……………… 1,846 …………………605 6. Jim Jackson (90-92) …………………….. 1,785 …………………552 7 Deshaun Thomas (2011-13) …………… 1,630 …………………560 8. Dave Sorenson (68-70) …………………. 1,622 …………………761 9. Perry Carter (88-91) ……………………… 1,613 …………………989 10. Terence Dials (02-06) ……………………. 1,566 …………………876 11. Gary Bradds (62-64) ……………………… 1,530 …………………706 12. Tony Campbell (81-84) ………………….. 1,529 …………………628 13. Evan Turner (2008-10) …………………… 1,517 …………………683 14. Jerry Francis (86-89) …………………….. 1,486 …………………576 15. David Lighty (2007-11) ………………….. 1,458 …………………577 16. Bill Hosket (66-68) ……………………….. 1,441 …………………910 17. Marc Loving (2014-2017) ………………. 1,338 …………………511 18. Jim Cleamons (69-71) …………………… 1,335 …………………522 19. Clark Kellogg (80-82) ……………………. 1,285 …………………872 20. John Havlicek (60-62) …………………… 1,223 …………………720 21. Lawrence Funderburke (92-94) ………. 1,179 …………………529 22. Frank Howard (56-58) …………………… 1,147 …………………635 23. Brad Sellers (85-86) ……………………… 1,122 …………………680 24. Ron Sepic (65-67) ………………………… 1,107 …………………543 25. Jae’Sean Tate (2015-Present) …… 1,114 …………………577 26. Jared Sullinger (2011-12) ……………… 1,081 …………………717 27. Ken Johnson (98-01) …………………….. 1,055 …………………739

*Evan Turner, who was Ohio State’s 38th Hall of Fame inductee a season ago, was recognized Sept. 9 during Ohio State’s matchup with Oklahoma on the gridiron for his donation of $500,000 to the men’s basketball program. The donation will be used for graphics and to name the hallway outside the men’s basketball practice facility. Turner was the National Player of the Year in college basketball in 2010 and was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft that year (Philadelphia).

*Mike Conley Jr. was elected into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 and was officially recognized during Hall of Fame Weekend on the Ohio State campus the weekend of Oct. 7. Conley is the 39th men’s basketball student-athlete to be elected to the Athletics Hall of Fame. Conley, now in his 11th season with the Memphis Grizzlies, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA National Championship game in 2007.

*New at home games this year, the Buckeyes will join the students in signing Carmen Ohio following each game. Players and coaches will line up in front of the student section (behind team benches).

TEXAS SOUTHERN GAME NOTES:

*TEXAS SOUTHERN Record: 0-2 (0-0 SWAC) Head Coach: Mike Davis 18th season, 6th at TSU (336-223)

*The TSU Tigers basketball team will take on Ohio State and Syracuse this week as they continue non-conference play on the road. Since becoming the head coach at Texas Southern Mike Davis has captured five championships and in 2014 he led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament marking the programs first appearance in the Big Dance in over a decade. No stranger to championship success in 2002 Davis led Indiana to the NCAA Title game. This years team is headlined by SWAC Freshman of the Year Trae Jefferson. During the offseason Texas Southern also added several quality players to a roster that should be built for success in and out of conference play. Texas Southern will play its first 13 games of the season on the road.

*TSU faced Cal-Poly, Arizona, and North Carolina the last three times the team participated in the NCAA Tournament (2014, 2015, 2017)  TSU has claimed a league title in five straight seasons dating back to 2012-13  Texas Southern won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 SWAC Tournament Titles  TSU guard Trae Jefferson was named 2016-17 SWAC Freshman of the Year  Transfer guard Donte Clark will look to make in impact for TSU this season  Prior to 2015 the last time TSU made consecutive NCAA Tourney appearances was 1994 and 1995  TSU has had the SWAC Player of the Year for five consecutive seasons 2013-17  TSU head coach Mike Davis is one of only a handful of coaches to win league titles in three different Division I conferences  Mike Davis was named the 2014-15 SWAC Coach of the Year  TSU has won three consecutive SWAC Regular Season Titles  TSU currently boast the third longest home game winning streak in the nation  Texas Southern will play its first 13 games of the 2017-18 season on the road against some of the top team in the country

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Trae Jefferson

JEFFERSON NAMED SWAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has recognized Texas Southern guard Demontrae Jefferson as the SWAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his outstanding performance during week one of the regular season. Jefferson averaged 21 points per game to go along with 3.5 assists, and one steal as the Tigers fell to Gonzaga and Washington State on the road to open the season. He also shot a combined 7-of-14 from 3- point range in the two games. The sophomore guard scored 22 points with six assists with two steals at Washington State on Sunday.

 

 

 

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TIGERS TABBED TO WIN SWAC IN PRESEASON POLL Texas Southern has been picked to repeat as the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Champions in a Preseason Poll of the league’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors. The announcement was made by the SWAC during its annual media teleconference on Wednesday, October 11. The Tigers finished 2016-17 with an overall record of 23-12, a record with five more victories than the previous season, to go along with a 16-2 conference mark, a record they matched from the previous year. TSU wrapped up last season as the season’s conference tournament champions for the third time in the last four seasons after defeating Alcorn State 53-50. Texas Southern’s Demontrae Jefferson and Kevin Scott were each selected to the All-SWAC Preseason First Team at guard and forward respectively. Jefferson was sixth in the conference in scoring with 14.8 points per contest, fourth in assists (3.3 per game) and 13th in 3- pointers made (1.4 per game). Scott averaged 10.0 points per game (23rd) to go along with 4.9 rebounds per game (11th) and was 10th in field goal percentage (.442) and 10th in steals (1.3 per game). The second team includes TSU forward Lamont Walker who saw action for the Tigers last season in a reserve capacity.

 

MEN’S 2017-18 PRESEASON AWARD WINNERS (Selected by SWAC Head Basketball Coaches and SIDs)

PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR Reginal Johnson, Alcorn State

PRESEASON CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Treshawn Bolden, Jackson State Yalen Reed, Alcorn State

FIRST TEAM Guard – Demontrae Jefferson, Texas Southern Guard – Paris Collins, Jackson State Forward – Reginal Johnson, Alcorn State Forward – Kevin Scott, Texas Southern Center – Jared Sam, Southern

SECOND TEAM Guard – A.J. Mosby, Alcorn State Guard – Chris Thomas, Southern Forward – Rodney Simeon, Alabama State Forward – Lamont Walker, Texas Southern Center – Treshawn Bolden, Jackson State

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH Texas Southern (171) Southern (131) Jackson State (124) Alcorn State (117) Prairie View A&M (99) Alabama State (98) Grambling State (75) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64) Mississippi Valley State (60) Alabama A&M (51)

*DID YOU KNOW……….. > NFL Great Michael Strahan is proud alumnus of Texas Southern University. > Other notable TSU Alums include Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Grammy Award Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams, Jazz Saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and Congressman Mickey Leland. > Texas Southern University is home to one of four public law schools in the State of Texas. > The TSU College of Pharmacy and Health and Sciences is ranked #80 in the nation by the U.S. News World Report. > Texas Southern University is a historically black university located in Houston, Texas. The University was established in 1927 as the Houston Colored Junior College. On March 3, 1947 the state declared it to be the first state university in Houston. The institutions name was changed to Texas Southern University in 1951.

*TSU ENTERS 2017-18 CAMPAIGN WITH THIRD LONGEST HOME GAME WIN STREAK Entering the 2017-18 campaign the Texas Southern Tigers Men’s Basketball program currently has the third longest active NCAA home game winning streak in Division I. Streak: 23 games Last loss: Feb. 7, 2015 Opponent: Prairie View A&M, 58-55

Home of TSU Basketball (H&PE Arena) 2017 photo by Broadmoor' own work via wikipedia commons

*BASKETBALL RIVALVIES FOR TEXAS SOUTHERN

Prairie View A&M basketball rivalry

The Texas Southern-Prairie View A&M rivalry is the highest attended and most anticipated basketball series in the SWAC. In February 2015, the game at Texas Southern University had an attendance of 7,500+

Southern University basketball rivalry

Since 2008, Texas Southern and Southern have been top contenders for the SWAC Championship every year. As a result, matchups between the schools are heavily anticipated and competitive.

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NCAA Tournament results

The Tigers have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. As of 2017, the Tigers are 3rd in the conference for most NCAA appearances. Their combined record is 0–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
1990 First Round Georgetown L 52–70
1994 First Round Duke L 70–82
1995 First Round Arkansas L 78–79
2003 Opening Round UNC Asheville L 84–92OT
2014 First Four Cal Poly L 69–81
2015 Second Round Arizona L 72–93
2017 First Round North Carolina L 64–103

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NIT results

The Tigers have appeared in two National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round Colorado L 74–88
2016 First Round Valparaiso L 73–84

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NAIA tournament results

The Tigers have appeared in the NAIA Tournament seven times. Their combined record is 18–6. They were NAIA National Champions in 1977.

Year Round Opponent Result
1955 First Round
Second Round
Adrian
Gustavus Adolphus
W 102–83
L 55–67
1956 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Hastings
Rockhust
Midwestern State
Wheaton
McNeese State
W 108–61
W 64–61
W 85–82
W 82–73
L 55–60
1957 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
New Haven State
Ball State
Pacific Lutheran
W 67–66
W 97–72
L 72–91
1958 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National 3rd Place Game
Oklahoma Baptist
Drury
Coe
Tennessee State
Georgetown (KY)
W 79–68
W 91–61
W 98–78
L 85–101
W 121–109
1971 First Round Fairmont State L 78–79
1976 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
West Florida
Fairmont State
Coppin State
W 81–59
W 82–75
L 77–88
1977 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship Game
Central State
Wisconsin Parkside
East Texas State
Grand Valley State
Campbell
W 89–65
W 82–80
W 87–68
W 69–62
W 71–44

*IMPRESSIVE ROAD WINS Since becoming head coach at Texas Southern Mike Davis has captured impressive road wins over some of the nations top basketball programs. TSU defeated Michigan State 71-64 in overtime (12/20/14). The year before that TSU knocked off Temple 90-89 (12/18/13). This season the Tigers have posted road wins over Rice, La Salle, and James Madison.

*HOW TO FOLLOW THE TIGERS: Twitter: TXSOTigers Facebook: Texas Southern Athletics Instagram: TXSOTigers YouTube: TXSOTigers

 

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