Ohio State vs. Michigan State Big Ten Tournament

Published 12:38 am Friday, March 15, 2019

Ohio State Big Ten Tournament History
The No. 8 seed in the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes are 27-14 all-time in BTT play since the event began in 1998. Ohio State has won 24 of its last 34 league tournament games, including 16 of the last 22. By seed, Ohio State is 11-2 as No. 1, 3-1 as No. 2, 2-1 as No. 3, 4-3 as No. 5, 2-2 as No. 6, 1-1 as No. 7, 4-1 as No. 8, 0-1 as No. 9 and 0-2 as No. 11. Ohio State has entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed five times (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). The Buckeyes have four titles (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013) and eight title game appearances (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012). Ohio State, 13-6 in BTT openers, has been seeded higher in 25 BTT games all-time and are 21-4 in those games. As the lower seed, the Buckeyes are 6-10 all-time. Nine of the Buckeyes’ opening games in the last 15 years have been decided by six or fewer points. Ohio State is 8-1 in those games.

Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament
Ohio State has played in more games (tied with Illinois) in the Big Ten Tournament (47) than any other league school. The Buckeyes also have the fourth-most wins (27). Ohio State’s winning percentage of .658 (27-14) tops all league schools.

Notable Numbers–Jackson 12 shy of 1,000
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 (146-394/.371) from distance … has scored 988 career points after a 17-point effort vs. Indiana and is working to become Ohio State’s 58th all-time 1,000-point scorer … his 146 career made 3s ranks No. 10 all-time in Ohio State history … Kyle Young, who missed four games with a stress fracture in his right leg, is 77-of-111 shooting this season (.685) … he returned to action vs. Penn State Feb. 7 after suffering the injury vs. Maryland Jan. 18 … Joey Lane has appeared in 14 games this season, with one start, and is 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range … he also has six rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 2.7 minutes per game.

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The Ohio State vs. Michigan State Series
Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 70-57. The Spartans lead 42-17 in East Lansing. Ohio State is 37-24 in Columbus while Michigan State is 4-3 on neutral courts, all in the Big Ten Tournament. Kaleb Wesson leads the Buckeyes in games vs. the Spartans with 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in three career matchups.

Ohio State vs. the Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 826-729 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 28-23 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.