Ohio State Men’s Basketball Gameday Jan. 29, 2019
Opponent at Michigan (16-1, 8-1 B1G)
Site Crisler Center (12,707)
Time 9 p.m. ET
Television ESPN2 | Watch ESPN
Talent Dave Flemming (Play-By-Play)
Dan Dakich (Expert Analysis)
Molly McGrath (Sideline)
Radio OSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
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Local Radio WBNS-FM 97.1
Satellite Radio Sirius (98) / XM (195)
Radio Talent Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)
Six Buckeyes are shooting better than 70 percent from the foul line this season. Freshman Luther Muhammad upped his foul shooting percentage with a 7 of 8 effort at Nebraska. He is shooting at a 71 percent clip to date (34-48). Guards C.J. Jackson and Keyshawn Woods shoot 79 percent and 84 percent, respectively. Brothers Kaleb Wesson (73 percent) and Andre Wesson (73 percent) join freshman Jaedon LeDee (76 percent) in the frontcourt.
Opponents are shooting 40.6 percent from the field against the Ohio State defense (321-1,036). Foes are connecting on just 32.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (125-383).
The Buckeyes have four wins in seven tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60) and took down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court. At home, the Buckeyes fell vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62), No. 8 Michigan State (86-77) and Purdue (79-67) and have a win over Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State has at least three games remaining vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament: Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan.
Ohio State will play 14 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Seven of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 5 Michigan (away), No. 6 Michigan State (home/away), No. 17 Purdue (home/away), No. 21 Maryland (home/away) and No. 24 Wisconsin (home) among teams currently in the Top 25. Against those receiving votes, Ohio State faces Iowa (home/away), Nebraska (away), Minnesota (home), Syracuse (home) and Cincinnati (away).
C.J. Jackson reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (127-345/.368) from distance … has scored 846 career points after a 10-point effort at Nebraska and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Kyle Young, out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right leg, is 52-for-71 shooting this season (.732) … Joey Lane has appeared in eight games this season and is 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range … he also has five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 3.1 minutes per game.
The Ohio State vs. Michigan Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Wolverines 97-77. The Buckeyes are 37-47 in Ann Arbor, 56-27 in Columbus and own a 4-2 advantage in games played on neutral courts. When the Wolverines are ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, Ohio State is 15-27 in the series. C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson each have faced the Wolverines the most among those on the current Ohio State roster, each with three games played. Jackson averages a team-high 9.3 points a game in the series to go with 5.3 rebounds a contest. Kaleb Wesson averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in a pair of meetings a season ago against the Wolverines. The Buckeyes have won three of the last four and four of the last six games in the series.
Scouting the Wolverines
Freshman Ignas Brazdeikis leads the Wolverines in scoring with 15.2 points a game. Charles Matthews (13.1 ppg.) and Jordan Poole (12.6 ppg.) each contribute double digits offensively. Jon Teske leads the team with 6.4 rebounds a contest. Michigan enters the game with the Buckeyes with an overall record of 19-1, which includes an 8-1 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines opened the season with 17-consecutive wins before a road loss to Wisconsin. Michigan defeated Indiana in Bloomington, 69-46, last Friday.
Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 820-722 against current league members. Chris Holtmann is new to the Big Ten but no stranger to Big Ten competition. He faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes last year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 22-16 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.