Aug. 4, 2014
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Buckeyes make Second International Trip Under Matta
The trip to the Bahamas is the second international trip the Buckeyes have taken in the last 10 years. Ohio State played three games in Canada prior to the 2009-10 season. Ohio State will play twice in the Bahamas this week. The Buckeyes depart for the Bahamas Tuesday morning. The team will play two games, one a 9 p.m. start Aug. 7 vs. the Bahamas All Stars and the other Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. vs. the Providence Storm. Both games will be streamed live on the Internet.
Bahamas Webcast Schedule
9 p.m. Aug. 7: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/17554/12/34/12/78Ktviol6krs/
7 p.m. Aug. 8: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/17554/12/34/13/49YJL3Ewsj1Uo/
Matta Continues to Build Impressive Ohio State Resume
Thad Matta has accomplished a remarkable list of accomplishments in 10 years as head coach of the Buckeyes. Matta’s teams have never failed to win 20 games, a record streak (10 seasons) in Ohio State history. In fact, Matta has never failed to reach the 20-win plateau in 14 years as a head coach. The Buckeyes finished 25-10 in 2013-14, advancing to their sixth-consecutive NCAA tournament. Ohio State has reached 30 or more wins three times, all with Matta at the helm. Back-to-back seasons with 30 wins in 2010-11 (34) and 2011-12 (31) only trail the 35 wins recorded in 2006-07, the Ohio State record for single-season victories. In addition, Matta has won five Big Ten regular-season titles, including three of the last five (2010-12), four Big Ten postseason tournament crowns in seven title game opportunities, eight NCAA tournament appearances, including four-consecutive runs to the “Sweet 16,” from 2010-13, a pair of Final Four trips (2007, 2012) and a title game appearance in 2007. Throw in a National Invitation Tournament title in 2009 and Matta has guided the Buckeyes to postseason play in nine consecutive attempts and in every year in which Ohio State was eligible.
Matta Year-by-Year at Ohio State
Year Record Big Ten Record/Finish Postseason
2004-05 20-12 8-8/6th
2005-06 26-6 12-4/1st NCAA Rd. 2
2006-07 35-4 15-1/1st NCAA Title Game
2007-08 24-13 10-8/5th NIT Title Game
2008-09 22-11 10-8/4th-T NCAA Rd. 1
2009-10 29-8 14-4/1st-T NCAA Sweet 16
2010-11 34-3 16-2/1st NCAA Sweet 16
2011-12 31-8 13-5/1st-T NCAA Final Four
2012-13 29-7 13-5/2nd-T NCAA Elite Eight
2013-14 25-10 10-8/5th NCAA Rd. 2
Veterans Make Up 2014-15 Roster
When Ohio State takes the floor for the 2014-15 season, Thad Matta will have a veteran roster to choose from when selecting the starting lineup. Andrew Goldstein, Jake Lorbach, Trey McDonald, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson and Amir Williams make up the senior class. Three starters return from Ohio State’s 25-10 squad from a season ago. The current senior class has 85 career wins to its credit, a Big Ten regular-season title, Big Ten Tournament title in two finals appearances and an NCAA Final Four (2012). Transfer Anthony Lee also looks to contribute in his final collegiate campaign following a transfer from Temple. Combined, the 2014-15 senior class has 492 games of playing experience.
Anthony Lee, Trevor Thompson Transfer to Ohio State
Ohio State welcomes a pair of transfers in Anthony Lee and Trevor Thompson. Lee, a 6-9 foward from Columbia, Md., will play his final season of eligibility at Ohio State. Lee, who played for three seasons at Temple, graduated in May with one year of eligibility remaining. Lee averaged 13.6 points and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds for Temple last season. He made nearly 50 percent of his shots from the field (153-309/.495), made 1 of 3 shots from 3-point range and connected on 66 percent from the foul line (74-113). He was credited with 24 blocks, 17 steals and 23 assists as a junior. For his career, Lee has scored 853 points (9.3 ppg.) in 92 games. He owns 621 career rebounds (6.8 ppg.), 87 blocks, 41 steals and 37 assists.
Thompson is a 6-11 center from Indianapolis, Ind. He played his freshman season of collegiate basketball at Virginia Tech. He will sit out the 2014-15 season (pending NCAA apeal to play right away) to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility with the Buckeyes. As a freshman, Thompson competed in 30 games with 11 starts for the Hokies. He made 50 of 122 shots from the field (.410) and 49 of 75 from the foul line (.653). He averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds with a pair of double-doubles as a rookie. In 486 total minutes (16.2 mpg.), he was credited with 28 blocks and eight steals. The Hokies finished 9-22 overall with a 2-16 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Rookies Look to Make Impact
The Ohio State men’s basketball coaching staff has signed one of the nation’s elite 2014 recruiting classes. Thad Matta and his coaching staff assembled another class rated among the Top 5 recruiting classes nationally. The 2006 class was rated the No. 1 class in the country. The most recent group has been ranked among the Top 3. The 2006 class consisted of Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook, David Lighty and Othello Hunter. All five played professionally following their Ohio State careers.
2014 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class
Center, 6-10, 225, Garfield Heights, Ohio (Garfield Heights/OBC)
- Four-star prospect according to 247Sports (No. 111 overall), and a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout
- Averaged 17.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocks as a junior in 2013
- 2013 Special Mention All-District (Northeast Lakes) selection
- Helped Garfield Heights to a 15-6 record as a junior and a 16-5 ledger as a sophomore
Small Forward, 6-7, 190, Normal, Ill. (University/Illinois Wolves)
- Five-star prospect according to Scout (No. 20 overall), ESPN (No. 22) and Rivals (No. 24)
- 2013 and 2012 First Team All-State (Class 3A) selection by the Associated Press
- Averaged 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and shot 52 percent from the field as a junior in 2013, leading University High to a 22-6 record and a second-consecutive Corn Belt Conference championship
Shooting Guard, 6-5, 180, Louisville, Ky. (Montverde Academy/E1T1 Elite)
- McDonald’s All-American
- Helped Montverde Academy win Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament with 16 points and 11 rebounds
- Five-star prospect according to ESPN (No. 12 overall), Scout (No. 17) and Rivals (No. 21)
- Averaged 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a junior at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
- Enjoyed an outstanding summer on the AAU circuit, winning titles at Peach Jam with E1T1 Elite and the Adidas Nations championship with USA Blue. Russell was co-MVP of the Nike Global Challenge
- Helped Montverde Academy to a 27-2 record during the 2012-13 season and the National High School Invitational championship
- In his first season at Montverde as a sophomore in 2011-12, the team finished with a 22-5 record and No. 14 ranking nationally
Small Forward, 6-4, 190, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington Central/All-Ohio Red)
- Four-star prospect according to ESPN (No. 25 overall), Scout (No. 53), Rivals (No. 75) and 247Sports (No. 75)
- 2013 Division I Second Team All-Ohio selection by the Associated Press. First Team All-District and All-Ohio Capital Conference. Columbus Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year
- Averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, leading Pickerington Central to a 19-8 record and the regional semifinals
- Helped Central to a 26-2 record and the OHSAA Division I State Championship as a sophomore in 2012
- Named MVP of the 2013 Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam Classic
- Son of former OSU letterwinner Jermaine Tate, who averaged 12.1 points per game for the Buckeyes in 1996. The last father-son duo to play for the Buckeyes was Bill Hosket (1966-68) and Wilbur “Bill” Hosket, Sr. (1932-33). Bill’s son, Brad, was a member of the 1998-99 squad but did not play
CBS Sports Classic
CBS Sports is bringing together four of the nation’s most prestigious college basketball teams: Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, for a new college basketball showcase, the CBS SPORTS CLASSIC. CBS Sports will broadcast a doubleheader in 2014, 2015 and 2016 featuring these four elite programs playing each other once in a round-robin format. These four schools have combined to win 25 National Championships and are among the winningest college basketball programs of all-time.
The event debuts at the United Center in Chicago Dec. 20, 2014. North Carolina will take on Ohio State at 1 p.m. ET, followed by UCLA vs. Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The CBS SPORTS CLASSIC moves to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2015 and then travels to Las Vegas in December 2016.
103 Years in Big Ten
Ohio State will celebrate 103 years as a member of the Big Ten Conference in men’s basketball in 2015. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 6 spot in the 1913 conference standings, the first season of league play. Over the 102 previous seasons, Ohio State has earned 20 Big Ten regular-season titles with 26 NCAA tournament appearances, one national championship (1960) and 10 trips to the Final Four. Eight former coaches and players are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame while 50 student-athletes have been drafted by National Basketball Association teams, including 23 in the first round.
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