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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)
Time Noon ET
Television FOX | FOX Sports Go
Talent Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play)
Jim Jackson (Expert Analysis)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)
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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.

 

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