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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.



*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 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


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.





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


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.


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


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


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
Gustavus Adolphus
W 102–83
L 55–67
1956 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Midwestern State
McNeese State
W 108–61
W 64–61
W 85–82
W 82–73
L 55–60
1957 First Round
Second Round
New Haven State
Ball State
Pacific Lutheran
W 67–66
W 97–72
L 72–91
1958 First Round
Second Round
National 3rd Place Game
Oklahoma Baptist
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
West Florida
Fairmont State
Coppin State
W 81–59
W 82–75
L 77–88
1977 First Round
Second Round
National Championship Game
Central State
Wisconsin Parkside
East Texas State
Grand Valley State
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




Basketball Buckeyes handle Wooster 88-63 to begin Chris Holtmann era

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team topped Wooster, 88-63, in an exhibition Sunday afternoon at Value City Arena. The contest was the Buckeyes’ first under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Holtmann. The 45-year-old came from Butler University to replace long-time OSU coach Thad Matta this past summer.

Chris Holtmann

Keita Bates-Diop

Kaleb Wesson

Kam Williams

Keita Bates-Diop led five Buckeyes in double figures with 17 points to go along with a game-high nine boards while Kaleb Wesson added 16 points and seven rebounds. Kam Williams added 11 points while Micah Potter and Jae’Sean Tate each added 10 apiece. Danyon Hempy and Simon Texidor paced the Fighting Scots with 17 points each.

The Buckeyes got off to a quick start of 12-0 less than four minutes into the game. But Wooster cut into the lead and got it to 16-12 at the 10:36 mark. OSU then closed the first half with an 11-3 run to end the first half up 39-22.

The Scots, who play in the Division III North Coast Athletic Conference, cut the lead to 15 at 48-33 in the second half at the 15:48 mark. However, the more talented Buckeyes blew the game open with a 19-3 run to open up a 67-36 advantage and that was the game.

Ohio State opens the regular season against Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Friday at Value City Arena.



It’s time for College Basketball! Buckeyes Men take on Wooster Fighting Scots Sunday at Value City Arena; Chris Holtmann era begins

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wooster Fighting Scots


Date: Nov. 5, 2017
Site: Value City Arena (19,049)
Game Time: 4:05 p.m.
Television: BTN Plus/
Talent: Dylan Tyrer (Play-By-Play)
Sean Lowe (Expert Analysis)
Carolina Rice (Sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (63 stations)
Satellite Radio: None
Local Radio: WBNS-FM 97.1, AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)


Holtmann Era Begins in Columbus
June 9, 2017 marked the first day of the Chris Holtmann era at Ohio State. After six seasons as a head coach, including the last three at Butler, Holtmann becomes the 14th head coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history. In his young career to date, Holtmann already has earned coach of the year honors in both the Big South Conference (2013), where he spent three seasons coaching Gardner-Webb (2001-13), and in the Big East (2017) in the final of three seasons with the Bulldogs. His first game in Columbus will be the 200th of his head coaching career (114-85).

Season Openers, Holtmann Era
Date Opponent Score
11/10/17 Towson State W, 74-53
At Butler
2016 Northern Colorado W, 89-52
2015 The Citadel W, 144-71
2014 Maine W, 99-57
At Gardner-Webb
2012 @North Carolina L, 76-59
2011 @Clemson L, 65-44
2010 @Charlotte W, 78-70



*Ohio State and Wooster first played Feb. 9, 1905 in Columbus, a 37-19 victory for the Buckeyes. The all-time series is led by Ohio State, 8-4. The last meeting took place Dec. 16, 1939, a 64-35 Buckeyes’ win. Wooster is 2-7 in Columbus. Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon is Wooster graduate (2000/Communications).

*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).

*Ohio State will appear on four major television networks in 2017-18. This season marks the first year in which FOX will televise Big Ten Conference games. The Buckeyes, who have traditionally appeared on CBS, the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks, will appear on FOX and/or FS1 four times this season. The first appearance will be at Wisconsin Dec. 2 (5 p.m./FOX).

*With the new television deal in place this season with FOX, Ohio State will play Big Ten Conference games on each day of the week at least once this season. Traditionally, league games were played Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on ESPN networks, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Big Ten Network and Sundays on CBS. During the course of the regular season Ohio State will play two games on Monday, three each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, six on Thursday and seven each on Saturday and Sunday.

Buckeyes In Midst of Best Decade in History
With 210 wins in the last eight seasons (2010-17), Ohio State already has more victories this decade than in any other in the program’s history. Ohio State won 189 games from 1980-1989 and 188 contests from 1960-69. The winning percentage of .732 (210-77) in the last eight years ties the best previous winning percentage in a decade set during from 1960-69 (188-69/.732).

Ohio Mr. Basketball at Ohio State
Freshman Kaleb Wesson, a 6-9 rookie from nearby Westerville, Ohio, was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio following his senior year at Westerville South High School. Wesson is the 12th Ohio Mr. Basketball to sign with the Buckeyes out of high school and the 13th to play for Ohio State. Tony Stockman earned the honor in 2000 but elected to start his career at Clemson. He later transferred to Ohio State and played in Columbus in 2004 and 2005.
Year Mr. Basketball
2017 Kaleb Wesson
2013 Marc Loving
2010 Jared Sullinger
2009 Jared Sullinger
2008 William Buford
2007 Jon Diebler
2004 Jamar Butler
2000 Tony Stockman (Clemson/Ohio State)
1995 Damon Stringer
1992 Greg Simpson
1991 Greg Simpson
1989 Jimmy Jackson
1988 Jimmy Jackson


*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.

*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).



On Coach To Cure MC Weekend in College Football, Ohio State contributing $10,000


OSU Buckeyes players with Jacob Jarvis in 2014 ( photo by Terry Gilliam, courtesy OSU Athletic Communications)

Ohio State Contributing to Coach To Cure MD Weekend

Football program will raise $10,000 in name of Jacob Jarvis for a fourth consecutive year

COLUMBUS, Ohio This is the weekend in college football when every coach is on the same team. For the 10th consecutive year, college coaches nationwide will join in support of the Coach To Cure MD program to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Football fans at the games will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.


Ohio State’s football coaches and support personnel will wear Coach To Cure MD patches on their shirts and pullovers Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium when the Buckeyes take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.


In addition, the football program will continue its tradition of raising funds in the name of Jacob Jarvis, the local 17-year-old high school junior who has been an inspiration to the team since first meeting coach Urban Meyer back in the summer of 2013.


Football fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going online to or by texting the word CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation in honor of this year’s anniversary.

Jacob, as well as his little brother, Noah Studebaker, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the genetic disorder that results in muscle degeneration and unfortunately has no cure as of now.


The diagnosis hasn’t affected the profound impact that Jacob has had on the Buckeyes. He gives the team spirit. He gives them hope. And he gives them confidence to succeed … every time they see him. At games. In the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Or at practice, which he regularly attends with his step-father, Chad Studebaker, and/or his mother, Traci Studebaker, and brother Noah.


“When he comes into a room, it gives you a little perspective on your life,” Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has said. “He brightens up everybody each and every time he comes around us. He’s a Buckeye and just a kid that loves Ohio State and the people around Ohio State.”


Current Denver Bronco Jeff Heuerman is extremely close to Jacob.


“I think part of him was put here to change our lives … to change this football team and this coaching staff,” Heuerman said in 2014 just before the Buckeyes defeated Oregon to win the first College Football Playoff national championship.


“I’m thankful for the time I’ve had with him.”


“I love him,” Meyer has said. “I feel good when I see him. He’s like seeing my son. And he’s part of the team now.”


Simply stated, the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State wouldn’t be the Urban Meyer era without Jacob Jarvis in it. He’s truly a special young person who has impacted a tremendous amount of student-athletes, coaches and representatives of this program. That’s why for the past three years the program has raised more than $10,000 each year to give to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the name of Jacob Jarvis.


The program will do it again this week.








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