Ohio State Buckeyes Men’s Basketball, Close Regular Season Today at Rutgers, 2 PM

By Danielle Daniels

3 10 2024


Ohio State at Rutgers
Date: March 10, 2024
Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: Jersey Mike’s Arena – Piscataway, N.J.
Watch: BTN
Listen: Ohio State Radio Network from Learfield
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Game Notes: Ohio State | Rutgers
Rosters: Ohio State | Rutgers
Season Stats: Ohio State | Rutgers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off its bye week, Ohio State will close the regular season with a road matchup at Rutgers on Sunday. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on BTN. Jason Horowitz and LaPhonso Ellis will call the action.

  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 12-5 and that includes a slight 4-3 edge in games at the RAC.
  • A lot is still needing to be sorted out in regards to seeding for the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes can still finish anywhere from the No. 9 seed to the No. 11 seed. With a win Sunday, all three seeds are still in play. A loss, and the Buckeyes could be either No. 10 or No. 11. If Michigan State and Penn State both win on Sunday, the Buckeyes will be locked in as the No. 11 seed, regardless of the outcome in Piscataway.
  • Ohio State and Rutgers started 2024 against each other as the Buckeyes came away with a 76-72 victory at home on Jan. 3. Ohio State ran out to a 17-point lead in the first half and withstood a late Rutgers charge to hold on for the win. Bruce Thornton led the Buckeyes with 24 points and tied a career-high with seven assists. Jamison Battle made six three-pointers and finished with 22 points. The Buckeyes made a total of 11 three-pointers in the game which was the last time they hit double-digit threes in a game this season.
  • Last year at Jersey Mike’s Arena, the teams played an overtime game with Rutgers outlasting the Buckeyes down the stretch for a 68-64 victory. Brice Sensabaugh had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Zed Key and Sean McNeil each added 11 points.
  • The Buckeyes had a week off following it’s 84-61 win over Michigan last Sunday. That was the largest margin of victory against Michigan since 2005 and the second-largest dating back to 1968. Bruce Thornton led 11 Buckeyes in the scoring column with 17 points as he was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Graduate Dale Bonner had 10 points, marking his first double-figure scoring game of 2024. He was 4-of-4 from the floor and had three steals. The Buckeyes shot 71.4 percent in their 52-point second half and finished the game a season-high 56.3 percent shooting overall.
  • The Buckeyes are looking to stay perfect on Sundays this year. They have won each of the last three Sundays after beating Minnesota on Sunday, Dec. 3 and Western Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 19.
  • Rutgers enters the final day having lost five of its last six games. The Scarlet Knights fell 78-66 at Wisconsin on Thursday evening. Rutgers has the No. 4 defense in the country according to Kenpom but the No. 276 offense. RU has allowed just 1,991 points this season by has scored just 1,990.