Ohio State Buckeyes hosts #1 Duke Blue Devils & Coach K tonight in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

November 29, 2021

This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in the challenge

Ohio State vs. #1/6 Duke
November 30, 2021
9:30 p.m.
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Watch: ESPN
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Duke
 Ohio State | Duke
Season Stats: Ohio State | Duke

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State returns home Tuesday night to host one of the hottest teams in the country in top-ranked Duke as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. A sellout crowd is expected inside the Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center. Tip-off will be just after 9:30 p.m. ET and Karl Ravech, Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe will call the action on ESPN.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski in his final season at Duke
  • This will be Ohio State’s 20th appearance in the event, which began in 1999. They Buckeyes 8-11 all-time and have won their matchup each of the last two seasons
  • This will be the fourth meeting between Ohio State and Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Men’s Basketball Challenge. Duke won the first meeting in 2002 in Greensboro, N.C., and then teams split the meetings in 2011 and 2012, with each team winning on its home court.
  • Ohio State is 9-11 all-time vs. a No. 1 ranked team and has won seven of the last 10 meetings with the top-ranked team in the country.
  • The Buckeyes have opened the year at 4-2 and are coming off an appearance in the championship game of Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-off last Wednesday.
  • OSU has played three games this season that have all been decided with a basket in the final two seconds.
  • Duke enters the game at a perfect 7-0 and are coming off a victory over previous No. 1 Gonzaga last Friday night in Las Vegas.
  • E.J. Liddell has been tremendous in the early part of the season. He has led the team in scoring in all six games and is averaging 22.5 points per game, which is second in the Big Ten through the first three weeks. He also has a Big Ten-leading 23 blocks and has blocked multiple shots in five of the six games.
  • Liddell averaged 25.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks at the Fort Myers Tip-off and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
  • Kyle Young is second on the team in scoring at 9.6 per game and tops the team at 6.4 rebounds per contest.
  • Senior captain Justin Ahrens has two or more three-pointers in five of the six games and is shooting nearly 50 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Point guard Jamari Wheeler has a team-high 23 assists and just four turnovers on the season. He has played the second-most minutes on the team at over 27 per game.
  • The Buckeyes are averaging 8.3 makes from distance per game which is fourth in the conference.
  • As a team, the Buckeyes lead the conference and are in the Top 10 nationally with 36 blocked shots.



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