#25 Ohio State vs. St. Francis
Date: December 3, 2022
Venue: Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After more than two weeks, Ohio State is back in the Schottenstein Center this Saturday as the Buckeyes will play host to St. Francis. Tip is slated for noon at Value City Arena inside the Schottenstein Center and it will be televised on BTN. Jason Ross Jr. and Brian Butch will have the call.
- This is just the second all-time meeting between the schools as Ohio State won 110-47 on Nov. 28, 2009 in Columbus.
- All that has happened between the Buckeyes’ last home game was a six-day trip to Maui where they won a pair of games and then a trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a hard-fought tussle with No. 17 Duke this past Wednesday.
- Ohio State played three times at home to open the season and won all three of those games by an average of over 28 points per game.
- On the year, the Buckeyes are 5-2 and have a ranked win over No. 21 Texas Tech.
- Ohio State missed eight free throws in the season-opener against Robert Morris on Nov. 7. But in their last four games, the Buckeyes have missed just nine of 73 attempts and enter Saturday ninth in the country in free throw percentage at 80 percent.
- Ohio State is also in the Top 20 in the country in rebounding margin, pulling down nine more rebounds per game then its opponents. The Buckeyes have been out-rebounded just twice and it was by three rebounds each time. Those games (San Diego St. and Duke) are the only two losses on the year.
- Francis has had a bit of a tough start to the year as The Red Flash come in at 2-6. They are coming off an 89-65 setback at Bucknell on Wednesday night. Josh Cohen leads the team in scoring at 20.4 ppg. He is in the Top 20 in the country in scoring, field goals, field goal percentage and free throws attempted.
- SFU sophomore Brandon Scanlon’s grandfather Gary Milliken was a member of Ohio State’s 1960 national championship team.
- Four Buckeyes are averaging in double-figures and another is real close. Justice Sueing and Brice Sensabaugh have both scored 99 points (14.1 ppg) to lead the way. Zed Key is scoring 13.7 ppg and tops the team at 8.4 rebounds per game. Sean McNeil has been in double figures in three of the last four games and is averaging 10.4 ppg while point guard Bruce Thornton has also scored in double figures in three of the last four and is at 9.4 ppg.
- McNeil enters Saturday’s game just 27 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He has made 167 career three-pointers and is shooting over 36 percent from long range.
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