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Ohio State heads to Indiana today for 12 noon clash looking to end current losing streak

Ohio State Men’s Basketball Gameday Jan. 11, 2020
Opponent at Indiana (12-3, 2-2 B1G)
Site Assembly Hall (17,222)
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The Ohio State vs. Indiana Series
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ohio State 105-81. The Buckeyes are 53-36 in Columbus and 27-63 in Bloomington. The teams have met seven times on a neutral court with Ohio State owning a 5-2 record in those games. Ohio State is 22-15 vs. Indiana when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25. The Buckeyes have won each of the last four games in the series, including the last two in Bloomington. The last time Ohio State won three-consecutive games at Assembly Hall was from 2008-10. Andre Wesson has faced the Hoosiers five times, most on the Ohio State roster. He averages 6.8 points and just under two rebounds in the series. Kaleb Wesson averages 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in four career meetings.

Scouting Indiana
The Hoosiers enter the game vs. the Buckeyes with a 12-3 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Big Ten. Four Hoosiers average in double figures offensively led by freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis’ 15.2 points per game. He is followed by senior guard Devonte Green (12.0 ppg.), junior forward Justin Smith (12.2 ppg.) and junior guard Aljami Durham (11.3 pp.). Jackson-Davis leads the team with 8.3 rebounds a game. The Hoosiers opened the season with an 8-0 record before an 84-64 loss at Wisconsin Dec. 7. Indiana then defeated UConn, Nebraska (96-90) and Notre Dame before a pair of losses to Arkansas and at Maryland (75-59). The Hoosiers knocked off Northwestern the last time out 66-62.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 827-733 against current league members. Chris Holtmann faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes in 2017-18. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 29-27 vs. conference opponents in nine years as a head coach.


Starting Five

  • The Buckeyes are 1,157-417 all-time when playing in the state of Ohio (.735) … against Ohio teams, Ohio State is 237-79 (.749) all-time, regardless of location. The Buckeyes faced a pair of intrastate foes this season. Ohio State defeated Cincinnati Nov. 6 at Value City Arena (64-56) and then Kent State Nov. 25 at St. John Arena (W, 72-51). Ohio State is 179-30 vs. Ohio teams in Columbus (.856). In the state of Indiana, Ohio State is 89-137 (.394). The Buckeyes are 3-1 in the last four trips across the border, with two wins at Assembly Hall and one at Purdue.
  • Three current Buckeyes were named Mr. Basketball in their respective states. Junior Kaleb Wesson was named Ohio Mr. Basketball as a senior at Westerville South High School … freshman D.J. Carton was named Mr. Basketball in Iowa in 2019 as a senior at Bettendorf High School and freshman E.J. Liddell was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in both 2018 and 2019 after leading Belleville High School to back-to-back state titles.
  • Andre and Kaleb Wesson are one of 16 sets of brothers playing in NCAA Division I this season and one of three sets in the Big Ten. Iowa (McCaffery) and Maryland (Mitchell) also have siblings on the roster.
  • Ohio State has 59 players all-time with 1,000 or more career points, the ninth-most nationally and the most of any Big Ten school (research credit: Duke). Kaleb Wesson is the most recent Buckeye to reach the milestone with 1,027 career points over his career. He became the 37th Ohio State player all-time to reach 500 rebounds with nine vs. West Virginia Dec. 29. His 22 points vs. Wisconsin Jan. 3 put him over the 1,000-point mark.
  • Ohio State will play before at least five sold out crowds at Value City Arena in 2020. The Wisconsin (19,049), Indiana (Feb. 1), Purdue (Feb. 15), Maryland (Feb. 23) and Michigan (March 1) games are sellouts. There is limited availability for Nebraska (Jan. 14), Minnesota (Jan. 23), Rutgers (Feb. 12) and Illinois (March 5).

Off the Bench

  • Ohio State is 61-19 all-time when games are sold out at Value City Arena. Ohio State is 53-16 in sold out games against the Big Ten, including a 20-11 record against ranked conference opponents. The last sellout at VCA was vs. Wisconsin Jan. 3, 2020 (L, 61-57)
  • Ohio State is 1,699-1,097 all-time after an 11-4 start this season.
  • In the first NCAA NET rankings of the year, released Dec. 16, Ohio State was rated the No. 1 team nationally after its 9-1 start. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 in the first NET rankings a year ago as well. This year (as of 1/9), Ohio State is 3-4 in Quad 1 games with a total of 13 Quad 1 (9) and Quad 2 (4) games remaining on the schedule.
  • When the then-No. 5 Buckeyes tipped vs. the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, the Wesson family reached 300 games played as Buckeyes. Keith Wesson, who lettered for Ohio State from 1983-87, played in 115 games. Senior Andre Wesson has appeared in 111 games while junior Kaleb Wesson has taken the court as a Buckeye 80 times. In 306 games played, the Wessons have scored 1,953 points for an average of 6.4 a game.
  • In three seasons as Ohio State head coach, Chris Holtmann teams have made 10 or more 3s 20 times (14-6 rcd.). Ohio State made 10+ from distance five times in 2017-18 and posted a 4-1 record in those games. The Buckeyes were 5-5 in 2018-19 and are 5-0 this year when make 10+ 3-pointers.
  • The Buckeyes have made 30 or more field goals six times this year (6-0) after doing so three times a season ago (3-0). Chris Holtmann Ohio State teams have scored 30 or more FGs in 21 games during his tenure (20-1) after doing so 12 times in his first year (12-1). Ohio State has won its last eight games when reach at least 30 FGs made.

Kaleb Wesson Welcomed to Exclusive Club
Ohio State junior Kaleb Wesson has entered both the 1,000 career point and 500 career rebound club with 1,027 points and 523 boards. Wesson became the 29th Buckeye all-time with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.




UMass Minutemen travel to Dayton for NBCSN battle with #15 Flyers at 12:30 pm


University of Massachusetts Men’s Basketball Game Notes & Information
Game 16 Massachusetts (7-8, 1-1) at No. 15/15 Dayton (11-2, 2-0)
Date | Time Saturday, January 11, 2020  |  12:30 p.m.
Location Dayton, Ohio  |  UD Arena
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AMHERST, Mass. – The UMass men’s basketball team heads back on the road for its third game in eight days when the Minutemen travel to No. 15/15 Dayton for a 12:30 p.m. tip on NBCSN. It marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that UMass will square off against two AP top-15 teams in the same season. The Minutemen also took on then-No. 7 Virginia on Nov. 23.

The series with Dayton
The series between UMass and Dayton is tied at 14. The Flyers took both meetings a season ago, including a five-point win at UD Arena on Jan. 13, 2019. The overall series dates back to 1996, and the Minutemen are in search of their first win against the Flyers since Feb. 3, 2018.

Stiff competition
Massachusetts has gone up against some of the nation’s top teams in 2019-20, including seven currently ranked in the top-100 of the NCAA NET Rankings: Rutgers (21), Akron (44), Yale (59), Saint Louis (66), Virginia (64), St. John’s (73) and Harvard (94).

Dayton (9 in the NET) will be the eighth on Saturday. It also marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that UMass will square off against two AP top-15 teams in the same season.

East Mode
Sean East II averaged 22 points and 5.5 assists in two games last week en route to his second Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week nod of the season.

It marks the first time since the 2003-04 season that Massachusetts has collected four conference rookie of the week nods in the same season, and makes East II the first Minuteman since Chris Lowe in 2005-06 to earn the honor twice in a season.

East II is sixth in the nation among freshmen, and t-54th overall, in total assists with 77 through 15 games, including a season-high nine against Yale on Dec. 11. His 5.1 assists per game are tied for 56th in the NCAA and fifth among rookies.

Pierre reaches career milestone
On Wednesday against La Salle, captain Carl Pierre became the 52nd player in team history to reach 1000 career points. He finished the game with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting overall and a perfect 5-of-5 from three.

Dibaji Walker receives waiver from NCAA
UMass announced on Dec. 30 that Dibaji Walker has received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible for competition. Walker transferred to UMass this fall after a season at Cleveland State, and made his Minuteman debut on Dec. 30 at Akron.

Walker played a year of prep hoops at Woodstock Academy under current UMass assistant coach Tony Bergeron, where he helped guide the Centaurs to a 35-5 record and a No. 3 national ranking. The 14th-ranked recruit in the 2018 class of Conn. averaged 11 points per contest and added five boards, three assists and two steals at Woodstock.

Guess who’s back, back again
Jan. 5 at Saint Louis marked the return of freshman guard Kolton Mitchell, who had missed the previous 12 games with a hand injury. Mitchell played six minutes against the Billikens, going 2-of-2 from the floor.

Between Mitchell, John Buggs III and T.J. Weeks, the Minutemen have missed a combined 28 games due to injury this season. At the time of his injury, Weeks was leading the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and was 10th in the NCAA, and first among rookies, in three-point shooting percentage (32-of-66; 48.5%).

We’ll be taking that
The Minutemen are averaging 8.1 steals per game, good for 62nd in the NCAA, including a season-high 13 against Maine, the fourth time this season and fifth time in the Matt McCall era that a UMass team had at least 10 steals in a game.

The Minutemen are also 52nd in the country in forced turnovers (16.13), and have forced their opponents into 20+ turnovers three times (CCSU, Maine, Saint Louis).

From deep
UMass is shooting better than 36% beyond the arc (132-of-362), and its 132 made threes are fourth in the Atlantic 10 this season and 72nd in the nation.

The Minutemen are 61st in the NCAA with 8.8 three-pointers per game, while Carl Pierre is 34th in the country and seventh in the A-10 from deep (45-of-109; 41.3%).

Double ‘em up
Samba Diallo’s 11 point – 14 rebound performance on Sunday at Saint Louis marked the first career double-double for the sophomore. He’s the third Minuteman this season to record his first-ever double-double, joining Carl Pierre (23 points, 10 rebounds at Akron) and Tre Mitchell (14 points, 12 rebounds vs. St. John’s).

Diallo followed it up with a 12 point – 12 rebound night against La Salle on Wednesday for his second straight double-double.

Chart topper
On Dec. 11 vs. Yale, junior Carl Pierre tied the school record with a career-high eight three pointers. It marked the 11th time in team history, and made Pierre the eighth player in program history to hit eight threes in a game.

Youth movement
It’s a new look roster for the Minutemen in 2019-20 with nine newcomers, including seven freshmen. The seven rookies are the most for UMass since the 2007-08 season.

All seven freshmen (John Buggs IIISean East IIC.J. JacksonKolton MitchellTre MitchellPreston SantosT.J. Weeks) have made their collegiate debuts, with Tre Mitchell and East II starting all 14 games.

The rookies have combined for 56.5% (604-of-1083) of the Minutemen’s scoring so far this season.

Weeks and East II started the season with back-to-back Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week accolades, marking the first time since the 2003-04 that UMass collected consecutive conference rookie of the week honors.

Veteran leadership
UMass’ four upperclassmen (Carl PierreKeon ClergeotDjery Baptiste, Davonte Higginbottom) are tied with Central Connecticut, Lipscomb and Long Beach State for the third fewest juniors and seniors on an NCAA roster.

Utah (two) and Florida (three) are the only schools in the country with fewer upperclassmen than the Minutemen.

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Today’s Dayton opponent, UMass: Defeated La Salle, 77-69 on Wednesday night


Carl Pierre led team with 20 points

Tre Mitchell chipped in with 19 points

Pierre drops 20 to become the 52nd player in team history to reach 1000 career points


AMHERST, Mass. – Captain Carl Pierre had 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting to reach 1000 career points, leading four Minutemen in double-figures as the UMass men’s basketball team (7-8, 1-1) picked up its first conference win of the season, pulling away from La Salle on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center, 77-69.

Pierre, who started the game 7-of-7 and 5-of-5 from deep, picked up a loose ball in the final seconds of the first half before burying a deep three at the buzzer to become the 52nd player in team history to reach 1000 career points and give Massachusetts a six point lead at recess.

Sophomore Samba Diallo recorded his second straight double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while adding six assists and three steals. Tre Mitchell (19 points, six rebounds) and Sean East II (11 points, five assists, four rebounds) also reached double-figures. Isiah Deas had a game-high 25 points (8-of-18 shooting) and nine rebounds to keep the Explorers, who cut the UMass lead to as little as four in the second half, in the game all night.

Overall, UMass shot 40% on the night (24-of-49) and 9-of-16 from deep, while La Salle was 26-of-65 from the floor and 6-of-27 from deep.




UMass’ Sean East II named this week’s Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week


Sean East II

AMHERST, Mass. – After averaging 22 points and 5.5 assists in two games last week, freshman Sean East II has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

It marks the first time since the 2003-04 season that Massachusetts has collected four conference rookie of the week nods in the same season, and makes East II the first Minuteman since Chris Lowe in 2005-06 to earn the honor twice in a season.

East II dropped a season-high 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting (3-of-5 from three) to go along with three offensive rebounds and a game-high six assists at Akron on Monday night before following that up with a 7-of-22 showing for 18 points with five dimes and four steals in his Atlantic 10 debut at Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon.

On the season, East II is fourth on the team averaging 12.1 points per game along with a team high 5.1 assists. He is fifth in the country among freshmen in assists per game, while his 72 total assists are tied for 64th in the NCAA (sixth among rookies).

East II and the Minutemen return to the Mullins Center on Wednesday for their Atlantic 10 home opener against La Salle. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on NESN.



Raiders continue Horizon League unbeaten after 84-70 Friday night win at IUPUI; team is 15-3


Bill Wampler scored 26 points

Loudon Love added 20 points


The visiting Wright State men’s basketball team led virtually wire-to-wire on Friday night for an 84-70 win at IUPUI in what the Raiders hope is the first of two visits to the Indianapolis Farmers Coliseum this season.

The Raiders (15-3 overall) improved to 5-0 in Horizon League play with the win over IUPUI (5-13, 1-4 HL) and now head to Chicago for a Sunday afternoon matchup at UIC, who fell at home to Northern Kentucky on Friday night.

The Raiders improve to 6-0 in true road games overall this season and are one of five NCAA Division I teams with at least three road wins and zero road losses. Their six is the most among the remaining group of road unbeatens. The six true road wins to open the season are also the most by the Wright State program in its Division I history.

Friday night, Wright State jumped out to as much as a 26-point advantage in the first 20 minutes as half (eight) of its baskets came from beyond the three-point stripe. Tied at 11-11 early, the Raiders went on a 15-0 run over the next two minutes to gain control of the night.

Four Raiders finished the night in double figures scoring, led by Bill Wampler’s game-high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting, including going a perfect 5-of-5 from deep. Loudon Love turned in the night’s lone double-double, tallying 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds as he recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in the final 20 minutes alone.

Tanner Holden and Trey Calvin each finished with 10 points, with Holden tallying half his points at the free throw line and Calvin recording two of his four baskets from beyond the arc.

For the night, Wright State shot 29-of-29 (42 percent) from the floor and was 9-of-23 from three-point range (39 percent), with eight of those threes coming in the first half. The Raiders were 17-of-32 (53 percent) from the free throw stripe and finished the night with a 48-38 advantage on the glass, outrebounding IUPUI on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor. The Raiders passed out 18 assists, led by Holden’s seven, and forced IUPUI into 12 turnovers that resulted in 14 points.

The host Jaguars shot 33 percent (19-of-57) from the floor and just 22 percent (5-of-23) from long range while converting 68 percent (27-of-40) of their free throw attempts.

IUPUI had three players finish in double figures, led by Jaylen Minnett’s 24 points, while Marcus Burk tallied 17 and Grant Weatherford finished with 12 points.



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